Year of LDT in Review


After an amazing year of Learning, Design and Technology (LDT), I made a portfolio that summarizes my experience with the program and shows my growth as much through the content as through the format itself 🙂

 

Overview

 

LDT Portfolio – Petr Johanes – 1

LDT Portfolio – Petr Johanes – 2

 

To download the interactive PDF version of this two-page portfolio, click on the following link: LDT Interactive Portfolio – Petr Johanes. (Note: if, for whatever reason the link does not load the PDF version, then right-click on the link and select “Save Link As…” or another option to that effect.)

 

Projects

 

I cannot show all of the projects I worked on during my LDT year because some of them are not yet (and may never be) public. From the ones I show in the two-pager above, I definitely want to provide links and highlight two from the design section and two from the teaching section. From design: Stanford 2025; <something> EPIC. I uploaded three posts about my contribution to the Stanford 2025 event: my exhibit board; my materials for the looping framework that became part of the event; and my thoughts on using the looping framework. From teaching: co-creating and co-teaching a class cross-listed in the School of Engineering and the School of Education (EE 396 / EDUC 391X) as well as a class in the dschool (EDUC 338X) was absolutely amazing! I also co-taught a short-format/pop-up class at the dschool and continued TAing MATSCI 204 (PhD-level thermodynamics), which I helped turn into a blended course the year before.

 

Internship

 

Every quarter of LDT, I worked an internship with Larry Lagerstrom, the Director of Online Learning at the Stanford School of Engineering. Unless you are coming to LDT to sample as many internship opportunities, I highly recommend spending a full year in an organization and role you really trust and can grow in. The reason the full year was important in my case is that Larry was recently hired into his role and he hired me shortly after that. This means that I got to see the the first year of starting this new branch of research within the School of Engineering and the Stanford Center for Professional Development. Each quarter was completely different: Autumn was more about setting up research questions and collecting data; Winter was more about publishing our findings and suggesting other initiatives; Spring was more about teaching a class we co-created and presenting our research; and Summer was more about reviewing the year, proposing directions for the next year, and understanding the consequences of choices we made months before. Although every quarter was action-packed, the Summer quarter was, for me, the most exciting exactly because we could see where we ended up after a year of working together.

 

And that does not only include our research. I know that I grew through the internship and that is largely due to the fact that the mentorship and guidance Larry offered me differed based on the tasks we were engaging in each quarter. Because his own activities also differed from quarter to quarter, I got to see him handle situations I would not have seen had I not stayed for the full year.

 

I completely acknowledge the good fortune I had for finding the right internship with the right supervisor at the right time – and I am thankful for it every day because it fundamentally changed the course of my career! And if you find something similar, I highly encourage you to see the internship through a full cycle (e.g. a fiscal or academic year) or, at least, not to switch because everyone else might be doing so.

 

Coursework

 

Below, I am including a complete list of the courses I took during LDT.

 

Autumn

 

  • EDUC 200B: Introduction to qualitative research methods
  • EDUC 213: Introduction to teaching
  • EDUC 281X: Technology for learners
  • ME 247B: @Stanford studio
  • EDUC 215X: LDT internship workshop
  • EDUC 229A: Learning design and technology seminar

 

Winter

 

Co-taught DESIGN.EDU, a pop-up class at the dschool.

TA’ed MATSCI 204, continuing experiments with blended learning.

  • EDUC 328X: Topics in learning and technology: core mechanics for learning
  • EDUC 333A: Understanding learning environments
  • EDUC 366X: Learning in formal and informal environments
  • ME 247C: @Stanford studio
  • EDUC 215X: LDT internship workshop
  • EDUC 229B: Learning design and technology seminar

 

Spring

 

Co-created and co-taught EE 396 / EDUC 391X.

Co-created and co-taught EDUC 338X.

  • EDUC 180: Directed reading in education
  • EDUC 292: Academic writing for clarity and grace
  • EDUC 407X: Lytics seminar
  • EDUC 366X: Learning in formal and informal environments
  • EDUC 215X: LDT internship workshop
  • EDUC 229C: Learning design and technology seminar

 

Summer

 

  • EDUC 215X: LDT internship workshop
  • EDUC 229D: Learning design and technology seminar

 

Contact

 

If you are interested in LDT generally, my experience specifically, feel free to also check out my LinkedIn profile or just reach out by emailing me at petr@empriseeducation.com!

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