It’s been so long, I don’t know the exact date. However, today being the last day in October, I can say unequivocally that I have been an Instructional Technologist now for 25 years!
I’ve been updating some of my websites, and looking at my resume, I started as an Instructional Support Associate at SUNY Cortland in October of 1992. At the time, there was no such thing as DVD’s. Recordings were made on VHS tapes and we received broadcasts on huge satellite dishes that took a few minutes to turn to the correct direction for a given broadcast satellite way out in space. We were still checking out filmstrip projectors, and delivering and setting up 16mm film projectors and screens. We also delivered LCD panels and overhead projectors – the precursors to LCD projectors. Oh, and the World Wide Web, with its graphical web browser, was only 3 years old.
We now have mobile computers (phones) with built-in projectors. We record video on thumbnail size cards and store it on hard drives that have 5,000,000 megabytes of storage (as opposed to a typical 250 megabyte drive from 1992). Most of the TV that I watch comes as a stream of those bits and bytes over that Internet thing, and it’s displayed at 16 times the resolution of VHS on a 70″ Television screen. We (and I) have come a long way baby.