It's time to set your Professional Development SMART Goal! This week, in your Weekly Reflection Report, you will be identifying a goal you want to work on this semester as you improve your online facilitation skills. This process of goal setting is part of the BYU-Idaho Online Instructor Professional Learning Cycle:
- Set SMART goals
- Participate in professional development
- Share and discuss learning in teaching groups
- Self-Assess your progress and identify future goals
At the Inauguration of President Gilbert (Sept 2015), he challenged us to "strengthen the scholarship of learning and teaching" here at BYU-Idaho. The Professional Learning Cycle is the method that we have adopted to allow us to rise to this challenge. Watch this video for more details about the Professional Learning Cycle and setting your SMART goals.
This week is the week to set your SMART goal. Many instructors aren't sure what the topic of their goal should be, so we've compiled some examples of some effective and not-so-effective goals for you to review.
Less effective goals:
- My goal is to get a teaching contract for next semester.
- This goal is less effective because it doesn't directly improve the learning experience for students.
- I want to improve how I facilitate discussion boards
- Although this goal is a worthy goal, it is less effective because it isn't specific or measurable.
- I want to learn to use I-Learn
- This goal could be more effective if it identified specific areas where the instructor is deficient with I-Learn and if it was tied to measurable outcomes.
- I will read all of my students' discussion board posts
- This goal is less effective because it doesn't directly improve the learning experience, nor is it specific or measurable.
More Effective Goals:
We hope that the examples above help you jump start some brainstorming and innovation. Now is the time for us to elevate our scholarship of teaching and learning. May our students be blessed with the Spirit of the Lord as we become disciple leaders and life-long learners at His University.