Why am I re-directing my career path?
Firstly, yes… I am changing my place of employment from next Friday the 27th of Feb 2009. I will be working for Elearn Australia, after thoroughly enjoying my time at Swinburne Uni Victoria as a Senior Educator, with the Flexible Learning team. My new job will further enhance my skills as an instructional designer and e-learning developer for a small team, working from home. Will I ever get out of my dressing gown?
This is an exciting career choice for me. The elearn Australia practise what they preach as far as flexibility and utilising online tools for communication. For example, they have an ‘open office’ all day, in Elluminate where people pop in for a chat and to brainstorm ideas from all over Australia. If you have any need for resources to be built, this is a great stopping point! All staff have VET experience and/or Higher Education experience as well as technical skills.
While I am making the change, I thought that I might give some advice (not necessarily my own) for those of you who have thought about getting into elearning but don’t know how…
Interested in an eLearning career?
There are not enough people for current jobs in e-Learning and the shortage will increase. We’re short of instructional designers, programmers, conceptual designers of curriculum (because putting old curriculum on-line is not smart), educational theorists who don’t assume you simply apply existing education practice and theory to on-line form, but who rethink the concept of intellectual capital, knowledge management and on-line learning.
So there’s a need for a whole new breed of educational thinkers who aren’t hampered by previous ways and assumptions and theories about education and learning. We also need multimedia experts, web and game designers, technical architects, information and knowledge managers, e-Learning analysts, system developers, help desk operators, online mentors, tutors and mediators, technical writers, network developers and e-Learning sales and marketing people.
How do you prepare for a career in e-Learning?
People will inevitably need some training/experience in IT and education ideally. It’s an advantage to have strength in one, but you need a fluency in both. A lot of the poorer examples of on-line learning are those built by talented technologists who aren’t educators, or built by educators who haven’t much clue about the technology.
What’s the future of e-Learning?
Big! In the future, there will be a lot of activity in e-Learning, however it evolves. It’s here and it’s going to grow. It’s going to be a future full of changes. It doesn’t stay still for a moment, so you need to be a person who loves change.