Though I’ve spent most of my life in academia, I do not know if I will continue teaching until retirement, and I have considered a range of alternative careers, from full time independent editor, to instructional designer, to writer. I would LOVE to move into game editing and writing, particularly editing for either tabletop or video role playing games, work which ties into both my academic background working on game narrative and medievalism and into my long experience as a gamer.
My more realistic alternative career, however, is academic instructional design, which would let me integrate my 15 years’ experience teaching at the college level with my interest in new media and innovative teaching strategies. I find instructional design theory fascinating, in general, and am particularly interested in how to transition good theoretical work into practical applications for teaching in blended and fully online classrooms. Sometimes strategies that look great in the planning phase don’t work out in the classroom, and I love trouble-shooting those gaps to make the instructional dreams into reality.
Where I’ll land isn’t yet clear, but I know that it will be work that requires:
- critical thinking
- writing and editing
- approaching problems creatively
- working both independently and collaborating with a team
I hope it will also require:
- more frequent opportunities to use multimedia software
- the time to learn new technology
- using and improving the languages I already know (French and German and a little Swedish), as well as learning a few more
- learning new fields beyond the history, literature, music, and writing in which I’m already trained
- a little travel now and then
- working with innovative, creative people