Welcome to my first blog site.

My name is Nailah Isoke. I have been an educator for over fifteen years. Before relocating to the UAE, I was a middle school Art and Technology teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. After completing my second master’s in Instructional Technology at UMUC, I decided to teach overseas.
I currently teach English to second language learners at UAE University in Al Ain, UAE. It is here that I can combine my love of technology with my background in graphic design and photography to incorporate technology into my classroom using smart boards, Google Apps, iPads, iBooks, and ebooks. I am also a SMART Certified Education trainer with SMART technologies and currently working on becoming a Google Certified Educator.
Working at UAEU is what inspired me to pursue my doctorate at Walden University. The degree path and specialization I have chosen is the Ph.D. program in education with a specialization in educational technology. I want to research, study and practice facilitating learning and improving student performance by using and creating the appropriate technological methods. I want to work as an educational technologist and obtain a Ph.D. since it’s the requirement for positions in higher education such as tenured professor, department chair, dean, provost and university president. It is also considered more favorable and distinguished in the academic field. Professional roles associated with this degree path are professors, educational technologists, instructional coordinators, educational software developers, multimedia designers, and distance learning directors (Dowd, 2013).
I would address the problem in the case study as an educational technologist. After reviewing their needs analysis of the company Cekada (2011), I would establish and align learning objectives that would adapt to the changes in the business then choose a training program to meet these needs (Cekada, 2011). My program would focus on developing skills and improving performance based on the learning objectives. I would also utilize data collection techniques throughout the structuring stage of the program to provide the data needed to evidence to support increased funding and determine where to make improvements (Philips, 2010).

Cekada, T. L. (2011). Need training? Professional Safety, 56(12), 28-34. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Dowd, M. (2013). Ed.D vs Ph.D. Degree in higher education. Retrieved from http://education.seattlepi.com/edd-vs-phd-degree-higher-education-1220.html

Phillips, J. J., & Phillips, P. P. (2010, January). Confronting CEO expectations about the value of learning. T+D, 64(1), 52-57. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.