This sub-section of my website is specifically focused on CMALT certification. In it, I provide insight on Operational Issues; Teaching, Learning and Assessment Processes; a View of the Wider Context; Communication; my Specialism; and Future Plans.
2. Teaching, Learning and Assessment Processes
Demonstrating understanding of and engagement with teaching, learning and assessment processes.
While this section is not assessed you must complete it. This can be as detailed as you like. The purpose of this is to help you plan for your professional development; it will also be useful when preparing to meet your continuing professional development requirement to remain in good standing.
My Future Plans and Professional Development
In my own career, I have specific goals that I would like to achieve. Some I have listed as short terms goals, others are long-term.
Short Term Goals
With regards to my short term goals, they are as follows:
- Write a book. I am currently researching three ideas: the first is on Behaviour in the Classroom; the second is Cyber Security; the third is Project Planning. With behaviour, it has always been a topic that interests me and this was further kindled during recent study in Applied Behaviour Analysis. I would like to write a book based on how this can be applied in the classroom and the benefits to teachers in doing this. With cyber security, this has a more work-orientated approach to it, as I teach this module on our Foundation Degree programme and so creating a resource that is tailor made has its benefits to me as a lecturer. For project planning, this also has a work-orientated approach to it as this topic has clear application to software development at all levels.
- Complete Higher Education Academy Fellowship training. This professional development will have clear benefits to me teaching on a Higher Education programme. I believe it will help my development to provide a stronger teaching experience to my students and also develop my own teaching skills.
- Publish research. This is connected to my overall career goals. I want to teach in university and so this is a required element for any application. There are also a number of topics I would like to explore and so there is an element of personal interest and satisfaction in this as well.
Long Term Goals
My major long term goals is to complete a PhD. I am at that point in my career where I believe I have built a skill base on which a PhD is a viable and appropriate action for me to be able to take the next step in my career.
I would like to teach at university level, and so a PhD forms an essential part of the application process. Without it, there are few universities that would entertain my application – particularly were it is listed as an essential criteria.
With regards to topic, I have different options that I am actively exploring – as a computing lecturer, there are topics I would like to explore through PhD study, specifically Artificial Intelligence in Education or Cyber Security. From an educational perspective, I am interested in Technology Enhanced Learning and how this can be furthered within the classroom.