A Goal-Oriented Action Plan for a Higher Education Learner
I have obtained an adjunct-faculty position within the pharmacy technician program at Fortis College. Becoming an instructor and delving into higher education was not my original plan. However, this opportunity allows me to exercise my best skills, inspiring and teaching. Obtaining a master’s degree in Higher Education with specialization in Leadership and Administration will improve my teaching abilities and grant access to administrative roles within my current institution.
Due to inexperience I am uncertain of the duties and responsibilities of the administrators within higher education institutions. I am certain that my current course Overview of Higher Education will provide a clear picture and help me develop an action plan to obtain an administrative position.
Goals for Overview of Higher Education Course
The Overview of Higher Education course is designed to encourage personal and professional goal setting, provide scholarly writing practice and support peer networking. Thus my goals are to improve my management of time, writing abilities and connect with a mentor.
As most online graduate learners I am working while enrolled in school. I am also a wife and mother. Time management is crucial as I have multiple responsibilities. My personal goal is to improve my time management abilities. Capella University offers various time management handouts. The structure of the course encourages task and time management and has helped me be more productive on the daily. As I progress through the course I want to become more accustomed to adhering to a schedule.
Writing is not my favorite activity; I have spent a lot of time reviewing the graduate writing center site. In my search I found that writing becomes easier through practice and my goal is to actively participate in the discussion post for the Overview of Higher Education course. This will improve my communication skills and reduce writer’s anxiety. As a higher education professional oral and written communication skills are essential. I plan to improve my scholarly writing and communication skills through completion of course assignments and discussion posts.
The instructor position I have obtained marks the beginning of my career in higher education. The course assigned readings inform me of current trends in higher education. My goal is to gain insight about higher education issues through peer discussion of current trends. Participation in the online course environment enhances my understanding of my role as an instructor. I look forward to receiving constructive criticism from the course instructor in regard to my professional writing skills.
As I progress...