I was browsing old posts and came upon one from about 4 years ago that has even more relevance now than it did back then! So now I can update it with current information.
I was participating in a writing challenge at one point and the writing prompt was to discuss what my “dream job” might be if I instantly had the qualifications and training to do so. I didn’t have to think too long about this; my current career and education path is what I want to do. If I could skip the remaining couple months of time and expense, and instantly have my Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Technology and E-Learning, I would be all set!
My dream job would be a virtual educational consultant, and involve a combination of instructional design, curriculum development, course/assessment writing, and teaching or facilitating instruction online at the university level. Over the past several years, I have acquired experience in all those related areas. I have the most experience working for various clients and companies in the areas of instructional design, curriculum development, and course/assessment writing (my current freelance job is assessment writing). I have also been an online writing instructor for the Online Writing Lab (OWL) for Smarthinking for two semesters.
As a freelance writer, I enjoy instructional design, curriculum development, and course writing because they allow me to hone specialized writing skills, as well as share my passion for lifelong learning. I also enjoy the challenge of assessment writing because developing test items helps reinforce instruction and ensure learners grasp concepts taught in their courses.
More universities now require doctorate degrees for their instructors and professors, particularly because of stronger accreditation stipulations. I would really enjoy having that opportunity to teach adult learners online , and again, share my passion for lifelong learning, especially through e-learning methods. My Ed.D. degree would definitely give me more career possibilities, so yes – if I could some how bypass the remaining couple months or so of my program and instantly have the qualifications – that would be great!
BUT… I’m actually very close to the end of this nearly 7-year doctoral journey in reality, because just last night I received this news from my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB):
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your IRB application is “Approved with Conditions” pending receipt of all necessary site approvals/permissions. You have met all other federal and NCU requirements.
Once you receive the necessary approval/permission documentations, please submit the item(s) to your chair. Your chair will review the material and then submit it to the NCU IRB for review. Once all conditions are met, you will receive a final approval letter from the NCU IRB.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!
Northcentral University Institutional Review Board”
What this means is that since I already have several study sites’ provisional approval, I can now show them this letter from NCU IRB to get the sites’ final approval, and pass those onto NCU IRB for THEIR final approval. Then I can do my study, wrap up my dissertation manuscript, get that approved, and finally, complete my oral defense!
This is a HUGE step forward toward the end of this long journey and the achievement of my ultimate goal of becoming Dr. Banks! 🙂
So how about you?
Do you have a dream job you would want to do if you could do it TODAY?
Have you taken any steps toward achieving that goal?