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PIDP Course Summary for John Powszedny
PIDP is the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program in the Province of British Columbia. It is the provincial standard for adult educators. For more information: http://www.vcc.ca/media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/programs/provincial-instructor-participant-handbook.pdf
As a new instructor, I want to become fully qualified by completing the program as quickly and effectively as possible. I don’t really like having to take all of these courses (it adds to the burden of life), but nothing worthwhile is easy. At present, I am completing my 6th of 8 required courses for the program. Below is a spreadsheet outlining my progress.
Summary of PIDP Courses Taken to Date
|8/22/2015||BCIT||3220||Loretta||B+||Instructional Skills Workshop|
|2/2/2016||VCC Online||3100||Glenn||B+||Foundations of Adult Education|
|2/2/2016||VCC Online||3250||Doug||B||Instructional Strategies|
|6/1/2016||VCC Online||3230||Jeff||A-||Evaluation of Learning|
|8/1/2016||VCC Online||3260||Karen||Ongoing||Professional Practice|
The most important things I have learned thus far by taking these courses are:
- How to blog (PIDP 3100)
- Curriculum development – balancing need, content, and delivery (PIDP 3210)
- Public speaking and course delivery (PIDP 3220 – known as Instructional Skills Workshop at BCIT)
- Formal and informal assessments (PIDP 3230)
- Engagement of students (PIDP 3250)
- Be myself, and be able to take criticism as a method to improve (PIDP 3260)
How my thinking has changed:
- I am a softer, gentler instructor. My mantra used to be “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” Not the best stance for an instructor. Now I am more patient with students, and I genuinely want them to succeed.
- Unfortunately, my past method of handling criticism, by reflecting it, doesn’t work with sensitive students. So I have had to tone down my sarcasm a bit.
- My initial feedback from student evaluations was more negative than positive. In fact it was very bad. My motto at the time was that I was only going to get better, because I can’t get any worse. I learned from the evaluations, and have cut down on in-class videos and instead focus on teaching and practicing.
What actions I will take based on what I have learned:
- I plan on continuously giving out evaluation forms, and will make them available to all students for feedback. I will run it like a suggestion box.
- I plan on preparing better for class
- Fortunately, my days as a PIDP student will be OVER by the new year, which should leave me with some spare time to prepare better.
- Soon, I will take PIDP 3240 “Media Enhanced Learning”, PIDP 3270 “Capstone Project”, and ta-da I will be done. The light is finally showing at the end of the tunnel.
photo by John Powszedny 2014