Technology plus learning equals eLearning.
Ever since college, I have this penchant for anything multimedia used for learning purposes. Anything that will lead me to developing eLearning materials, I’ve tried. When opportunity came to work as a school eLearning specialist at the field, and now product development specialist of elearning products, this interest shoot skyward.
I’ve been reading posts from elearningindustry.com and subscribed to feeds related to eLearning. I’ve also volunteered when training opportunities for Adobe Captivate 8 at the office came. Though I was not able to practice what I’ve learned during that hands-on training, I was able to use that pre-existing knowledge to self-study Articulate Storyline; thus, my first project entitled Workplace Compliance using the basic commands was conceived. You can check the project description and demo here.
Just a quick comparison between Adobe Captivate 8 and Articulate Storyline, they both adhere to providing interactivity to eLearning courses, aside from the fact that both are easy to use (for Adobe Captivate, if you have experience using Adobe tools and for Articulate Storyline, for those with MS Powerpoint experience). However, between the two, I like Articulate Storyline better with the ease of use and the community always available for support. I guess Adobe Captivate support for development of responsive eLearning (mobile, tablet, desktop) just takes Articulate Storyline a notch higher when it comes to features, though Storyline published content can be viewed for HTML5, andriod and iOS devices.
Going back, I usually do the following to further fuel my eLearning interest:
1)Read feeds related to eLearning. Just a year ago, I subscribed to elearningindustry.com and receive feeds everyday about the latest trends in the elearning sector. I’ve set my email client to automatically filter all the feeds to a folder and everyday,I set aside time to read on any new blogs that would enhance my knowledge about elearning. I also subscribe to other feeds from astd.org, elearningexamples.com and blogs with #elearning.
2)Invest and acquire books about elearning. In today’s world, it’s easy to acquire a book, either the physical one or the electronic type (ebook). As of the moment, the only hard copy of a book I have is Learning Articulate Storyline by Stephanie Harnett and so far, I recommend this book to those new to learning Articulate Storyline. As far as the concepts will be taken into consideration, I’ve downloaded several free ebooks from www.comlabindia.com, elearningindustry.com and iadl.org.uk that you can check out.
3)Surround yourself with people talking and practicing eLearning. In my case, I am exposed to eLearning through my workplace, where basically, part of my job is to write about elearning products and develop them. In your case, you can take advantage of the internet to do that. You can join forums on elearning, follow elearning professionals via the social media, and take part in communities that advance eLearning in your area.
4)Practice being the eLearning enthusiast that you are. One effective way to learn about something is to practice it. That’s what I’ve done so far. I’ve indulged myself in creating an elearning course to literally apply what I’ve learned. It doesn’t matter if you’re just good at one area: writing, or editing, or developing elearning courses. What matters most is that you learn and you practice what you’ve learned. You can also join #ELHChallenges at elearning heroes to build up your portfolio. The submitted demos for each challenge are really awesome that qliterally, it inspires me to be better at the courses I create.
5)Talk about eLearning. If you are interested about something (or someone), you talk about it (or him/her), right? Same with eLearning. As you learn more, share your knowledge to other people. It will not only allow you to reflect what you’ve learned but also give back to the community that helped you out when starting out to know more about eLearning. In my case, I use my blog mainly in sharing each learning nugget that I chew on.
So there. As a beginner in eLearning, learn, share what you learn and allow others to learn, just like what I’m doing. In this industry, that passion to learn more is the true foundation of being successful and being able to help others learn 🙂