My name is Shantel Smith and I am completing my Master’s of Distance Education & E-Learning with a specialization in Distance Education Technology from the University of Maryland University College. My experience with Distance Education Technology comes from my time working as an Education Coordinator for an online career college. I collaborated with the Instructional Designers and Curriculum Designers on new technologies to incorporate into our programs using Moodle as the Learning Management System. The fun part was trying out the new Web 2.0 technologies. As I progress through this program I intend to use my experience and knowledge to bring fresh and relevant ideas to class discussions. This program will be my foundation to a career in managing technology related aspects of program development in distance education.
Before starting this journey I received my bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Central Missouri. I then earned my Associate’s degree in Information Technology from Pinnacle Career Institute while working there as an Education Coordinator. I joined the United States Army in 2012 and became an aviation electronics technician. I lived in Richmond, Virginia for a year while completing my training and am currently stationed in Savannah, Georgia. The United States Army relies heavily on technology centered training programs to reach large numbers and I have gained extensive experience in this area.
In the following pages I will share my opinions and experience on current and emerging Web 2.0 technologies, my views on Research in the field of Educational Technology, and last but not least, my very important thoughts on the tao of ed tech.