Do I need a certification to become an elearning designer?
Hi Everyone! I'd love to get your advice on next steps as I try to pivot into this world of Instructional Design/E-learning. I have a background in education, with a PhD in Curriculum Design and about 15 years of teaching and course design at the college level (fully online, blended, f2f). But, I've never actually been a designer; I've been the SME. So I'm just learning the "techie" side of things. But I think I'm pretty good with the theory, can write a learning objective, I have taught assessment to people becoming teachers, so I have that figured out, etc.
I'm trying to decide if I should get a certificate to show that I actually now have the tech "creds"? Or can I just keep downloading trials of software and learning it that way? So far, no one has been willing to hire me as an ID or designer because I don't have any actual experience doing it. I'd love to hear your thoughts!