We hired a professional instructional designer in February, and she is helping us build a strong foundation for future growth of our company. She is guiding us in the development and delivery of our courses.
I started Bowen EHS in 2003 with an idea and a passion for teaching. Those first courses were pretty good. I was able to help many people prepare to take their CIH, ASP and CSP exams, and the company grew.
Even though the initial courses are good, there is significant room for improvement. I never created a lesson plan, and my objectives for each lecture were not well defined. This worked well enough while I was teaching all of the courses, but the need to expand and hire new instructional talent revealed weaknesses in our process and course design.
It was essential for us to hire an instructional designer that had the educational background and professional knowledge to enhance the learning experience of our clients. Our current instructional designer is pursuing a PhD with a concentration in Instructional Technology. She is ensuring our courses include fully developed syllabi, clearly stated objectives, and formal lesson plans. She is also integrating concepts that appeal to the various learning styles of our clients. These tools help our new instructors prepare and deliver high quality courses.
In addition to the development of formal processes for developing delivering content, our instructional designer is working with our staff in completing an application to become an authorized provider of continuing education units (CEUs) through the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
We are excited about the new addition to our team.