When I have completed my PIDP I am going to be honest…I will take a short hiatus from intensive professional development activities! I have already planned my activities for 2019 and am hoping to attend two conferences on legal changes within Labour Relations and Employment Law through Lancaster House and Queen’s University. If I am successful in gaining a full-time faculty position for Fall 2018, I am hoping to rework two of my courses during my professional development time to incorporate more practical, applied learning principles and activities, as well as integrate an indigenous approach. I would like to create a second level Labour Relations course as well as incorporate building student skill sets in having difficult conversations because I believe that learners graduating in Human Resources require this skill to be successful in the field.
In the long term, I am hoping over the next five years to gain support in potentially writing a couple of chapters in a textbook or part of a course pack. I have been a little frustrated with the some of the materials in my courses and how negatively framed they seem to be. It is challenging to reframe the vision for your course content when the textbook labels it as “the most contentious and conflict ridden area of human resources”. I find Labour Relations and Employment Law to be an amazing, problem-solving field where the environment that you work is almost entirely founded on the relationships you build and the approach you use. The difference in the two definitions can significantly impact the learner’s view on the profession and the approaches used.
I want to maintain contact within the college community for instructional skills and am fortunate that Camosun has lunch & learn gatherings and communities of practice that regularly get together. When I have become more seasoned within the college community, I may try to become a facilitator for the Instructional Skills Workshop (part of the PIDP). This course was my introduction to the PIDP program and was what got me interested in furthering my education and instructional development.