I am Jason Powell. After 20 years of professional experience creating multimedia assets for television, print, and the web, I have shifted focus in my career to instructional design and teaching. In 2011, I entered the Master’s program in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. In 2013, I was accepted into the distributed PhD program in Learning Technologies at UNT. I completed my coursework for my M.S. in Learning Technologies in December 2014, and my doctoral coursework is ongoing.
I have experience in face-to-face classroom instruction, e-learning authoring, and all facets of multimedia design and development—including audio, video, graphic design, animation, and interactive multimedia development. My passion is to design effective adult learning using my arsenal of experience and education, with an emphasis on the use of online and technology-based learning environments. I am seeking the opportunity for direct application of the entirety of my knowledge and skill set in the context of instructional design and learning technologies.
As I stated in my paper on this topic, I tend to view learning as a fundamental activity involving acquiring new knowledge, skills, etc. The question of whether teaching face-to-face or online is different almost seems self evident. The environmental affordances, resources, and—to some degree—pedagogy specific to each environment explain the differences. A purposefully designed […]
Right now I think that I am on safe ground with my personal theory of online learning, if only because I am not straying too far from existing practice and research. That is to say, I can only go by the literature currently available and my limited experiences as an online student in a graduate […]
Which is better at fostering online learning? If I have learned anything in my studies in learning technologies, it is that the field is an ongoing conversation. There is not one universal model of instructional design or learning theory. There are many. That’s why I cringe when asked to qualify something as “better” in this […]
My Initial Working Definition of Distance or Online Learning Distance learning is any type of educational activity that is delivered in such a way as to bridge a variety of separations or disparities in physical location, time, ability, or access. Online learning is simply distance learning that uses personal computing devices, software applications, and the […]
Systems theory was a new subject for me, and I struggled to get up to speed with Banathy’s terminology and way of approaching the material. In the end, my takeaway is that systems thinking is such a huge paradigm shift because it doesn’t align with the way traditional educational environments are designed. I simply haven’t […]
Frustrating is the adjective that best describes our small-group breakout last week. I have hung my shingle as a multimedia-savvy student in this program, but there is nothing like trying to create an interesting visual in Adobe Connect to humble oneself. To think that a company with the intellectual property rights to such robust drawing […]
My take-away from class this week was that analyzing even small systems can be deceptively complex. As we delve further into systems theory, I begin to recognize that even at the micro level, the inputs, outputs, boundaries, and environment all affect how system behave. The system in question could be something as simple as how […]
Part One Last week’s synchronous session was a fairly typical experience for me after taking online classes at UNT for almost three years. You really can’t be a student in the CECS or LT program without encountering courses designed by Dr. Warren, and I do applaud him for designing courses that emphasize synchronous discussions as […]
The educational system most relevant to me at the moment is the one in which I participate as a student. I take part in the system of higher education in an online learning environment. Distance learning is not a new concept in education, but it certainly has undergone transformations as the internet has become the […]