What is your name? What is your title?
Jasmine Rezapour Bishop, CRM Analyst
Would you please tell us about your time with the Learning, Design & Development Program?
I joined the program in Fall 2017, working to earn a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Technology. I moved into the M.Ed. in Learning, Design and Technology as my passion for gamification and game-based learning developed. Along the way, I had many fantastic, knowledgeable instructors and obtained enthusiastic mentors. With them, I found myself pushing beyond my comfort zone to try new methods and take chances on ventures outside my normal skill sets.
What have you gained from this program already? What do you hope to gain with the doctorate?
The program has equipped me with a useful base of methodology and applicable experience. It also sparked an interest in conducting scholarly research and theoretical reviews, particularly in relation to adult professional and organizational development. It is my belief that the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Learning, Design and Technology would provide me with the best opportunity for research and to make a positive impact on higher education.
Is there a particular achievement or contribution that you are most proud of that UNC Charlotte’s Distance Education helped you accomplish?
During my graduate studies, I created an online, non-credit pilot course in leadership and soft skill development using Dungeons and Dragons, a popular role-playing game (RPG) to engage adult professional learners. The framework for this course uses the Quality Matters CPE rubric, which I was introduced to by the QM for Students program, whose implementation was a joint effort between the College of Education and Distance Education.
Because of that achievement or contribution, what did you do next?
I had the pleasure of presenting the design and development of the course at the UNC System Quality Matters Council Annual Summit and the UNC Cause Conference in 2020. This led to me being interviewed and featured on the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Review.
What do you think other people should know about this program?
The Learning, Design & Development program is a high-quality program offered in a flexible format. The instructors are passionate and my classmates came from a variety of backgrounds and brought different insights on application.
Why was the format of distance learning beneficial to you?
The flexibility of being able to learn around my schedule was a key factor to my success within the program. Distance learning provided me the ability to work full-time, raise my family and earn my degree.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I am a proud 49er! Having earned my Bachelor’s, Master’s and now pursuing my Doctorate at UNC Charlotte, I am grateful for the opportunities the University has provided me and excited for what the future holds.