Official IDD&E M.S.
This portfolio is prepared in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science degree in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation at the School of Education at Syracuse University. The portfolio has 7 sections:
My name is Nathan Elequin, and I am pursuing a M.S. in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation (IDD&E) from Syracuse University (SU) with an expected graduation date in August 2018.
My tradjectory through instructional deign and the SU program is driven by a synthesis of passions with seemingly esoteric relationships. (1) First, I have a passion for Intrinsic Engagement and the power of techniques in positive psychology, gamification, and game theory in driving proper behavior. (2) Second, I am deeply intrigued by Game Design and the capacity for experiential engineers to create dynamic paths for their audiences that improve their performance. (3) Finally, I am a Techno-Optimist with strong views on the capacity for properly-applied technology to improve our world's deficiencies in education, political discourse, economics, and more.
I have found that the greatest application of all of these passions is in the form of a Technologically-Minded Instructional Designer. With a deep understanding of fundamental learning theories as well as alternate learning approaches such as Programmed Instruction, Blended Learning, and Project-Based Learning, I hope to be responsible for the creation of innovative practices in education that will help increase the accessibility and quality of education in the United States and beyond.
In particular, I am sensitive to and focused on shifting the paradigm behind teachers as diffusers of content - that is, the idea that teachers must manually deliver content to their students through live lectures in a classroom setting. While this may be justifiable at younger ages, I have witnessed countless University-level courses in which professors simply read their own Powerpoint slides and then assign tests to their students. Older students with access to the internet have infinitely more potential to guide and improve upon their learning, and I am inspired to move instruction into the position of equipping future learners with those skills of Inquiry, Discovery, and Self-Efficacy in the form of reflection. This will require the role of teachers to change dramatically, and I want to help lead this charge.
After receiving undergraduate degrees in Business Administration (BBA) and Economics (BAE) with advanced certificates in Interdiscplinary Studies (BIC) and Honors Research (HON), I was prepared to study and receive a M.S. in Higher Education in order to change the way that universities equipped their students.
I started in Higher Education (HED) at Syracuse with this intent, only to find that my passions lied more squarely within the confines of Instructional Design. Thanks to mentorship from Dr. Jerry Edmonds and an assistantship opportunity from Dr. Rob Pusch, I enthusiastically transferred into the IDD&E program in August of 2017 and proceeded to complete all 10 required courses during the next calendar year.
As I have studied in the IDD&E program, I have only added to my repertoire of ideas and skills that I will devote to this mission of transforming education. While my specific career aspirations are flexible in terms of industry (K-12, Higher Ed, Corporate) and position (Instructional Design, Curricular Development, Training), I am positive that I will find applications for my learning in these future environments.
This portfolio will highlight those points of learning and growth throughout my journey and provide plenty of evidence to showcase my discoveries and work.