Whether we like it or not, learning results in change, and I’ve seen a lot of accidental change as a student and educator. However, when I stumbled upon a place called ICOM Productions, I fell into a place where the first step is to target the desired change. Only then, did they begin designing the instruction and, ultimately, building meaningful e-learning.
I found that exciting and interesting, but more than a little daunting. Sure, I’ve identified curriculum outcomes, developed lessons and assessments, planned courses and lessons, evaluated progress, nurtured change. But, I’d never relied on an entire team of young, creative, energetic experts to bring my instructional design to life. And, I’d only ever designed course explicitly for another person once in my life, and that was for a semester of home-cooked lunches. At ICOM, I would have to let go of my courses and allow them to grow and then thrive outside of my immediate control in array of learning environments both near and far. Frankly, the thought of freely giving over control – of development, of creation, of implementation – terrified me.
Fear, though, can be an excellent motivator.
In my role at ICOM, I collaborate with an incredible array of talented people, and work with truly inspiring and driven clients in at least a dozen industries. Together, we explore the limitations of e-learning and push these boundaries higher up Bloom’s Taxonomy in order to elicit higher level thinking from our learners. Along the way, they’ve helped me identify the gaps in my own knowledge of learning and education, in technology, as well as industry, and supported my attempts to fill those gaps. From the beginning, being surrounded by passionate and supportive learners has allowed me to explore new paths along a life of learning.
While only in my second year at ICOM, I’ve been witness to and a part of defining our own learning goals. As a result, I feel an enormous sense of privilege to be entrusted with opportunities to drive innovative models of learning that create new environments for learning, deliver material and ideas to engage and challenge learners in ever evolving ways, and build our own capacity for driving learning in a variety of settings. But, it all starts with defining what our learning can be.
To strive for a defined change, that is Learning for a Change.
Steve Kabachia is the Instructional Design and Project Management Team Lead at ICOM Productions in Calgary, AB