SLN Intern 2012: Diane Hamilton
Diane Hamilton was an SUNY Learning Network (SLN) intern from the Fall of 2012 through the Spring of 2013, and was then hired as an Instructional Design Associate for Open SUNY, where she consulted with faculty on course design and instructional technologies as well as developed and delivered a variety of instructional resources including tutorials, self-paced courses, webinars, and workshops for campuses across the SUNY system. In addition, Diane assisted on research projects, reviewed IITG proposals, and presented at conferences.
Diane moved on to SUNY Albany in February 2015 where she was an Instructional Developer for Faculty Technology Resources. Diane is currently an Instructional Designer for Online Teaching and Learning with ITLAL, the University at Albany Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership. Her role at ITLAL is to support faculty in the design and development of effective, high-quality online courses and programs that provide educational opportunity to all learners. Her approach is founded in careful listening, collaboration, and intentionality in instructional planning.
Diane enjoys engaging in research activities and has interests at the intersection of online instruction and social justice. In addition, Diane has experience teaching and has published a book on educational planning for students with specific special needs. She has a PhD in Reading (a.k.a., Literacy Teaching and Learning) including a CAS in Reading, an MS in Literacy, and MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, and a CGS in Online Learning and Teaching.
Earlier this summer (2012), when I learned that I had been chosen to serve as an intern at SLN, I was very pleased and eager to begin, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect either. As it turned out, it was an opportunity to see the bigger picture that is Online Learning – greater than pedagogy, greater than technology, and greater than designing a course. There is a much larger world of practical realities and an immensity of scope when you multiply course design by the number of faculty and also by the number of campuses. For me, the internship program at SLN offered the opportunity to explore two new Learning Management Systems, study discussion forums, preview training courses for the ongoing migration to Blackboard, and ponder principles of instructional design. I was fortunate to attend webinars, ID meetings, migration meetings, and a face-to-face training; I read and viewed many resources on ANGEL and Blackboard as I explored the SLN 101 &201 courses and the ID Certification course; I attended a BUG meeting with colleagues too. The wide variety of experiences and the exposure to knowledgeable and welcoming colleagues provided the opportunity to better understand the bigger world of Online Learning and the collaborative ethos at SLN.
If you’d like more detail on my experience in the SLN intern program, please read my blog at http://dianehamilton.edublogs.org. The December 2nd post entitled “end of semester report on SLN internship experience” outlines the goals I had set for myself and my reflections on my progress toward them. I am hopeful that this comment and blog will help you to understand the SLN internship program a bit better – especially if you are considering applying to serve.