"eLearning expert" - ARE you? How do you know?

Sep 12, 2012

How do we, or prospective clients know?

This phrase seems to appear on replies to adverts quite a lot, and without wishing to start any type of flame-war, I typically feel that if you are you would not need to use the phrase.

Anyone else have perspectives on this?


59 Replies
Bruce Graham

When I started to play the drums, my father, (an old jazzman) got me to try and learn from Buddy Rich books, I did not get on very well with Buddy's drum notations, I had no idea you could get that many dots into one inch of paper.

So I started to learn from someone I thought would be simpler - Neil Peart.



I soon went back to Buddy (incidentally one of Neil's heroes)

I have waited for 20 years to go to one of their concerts. I only hope I do not share the same experience as my mother - she hauled us all out to a Bill Haley concert in the UK when we were teenagers to see her lifelong hero - only to be told at the door that it had been cancelled, due to the fact he had died a week earlier :(

Could I request a new "Not linked to eLearning/the Den" forum when the Boards are rebuilt please from those friendly Articulate Coding Monkeys?

Thanks xx

PS - I would still like someone to Photoshop my face into an Ewok please.

David Steffek

Oh, and to try and get this thread back on topic...

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.


All we are is dust in the wind, dude.


Ah, yes! Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days Of Our Lives!

--Socrates (pronounced So-crates)

(Ok, so maybe I'm trying to hijack the thread in a different direction. )

Bruce Graham

It's my thread, and I hereby open it up to hijacking

I've said what I wanted to say, and now I'm down a "...create an interactive Rush jukebox in Storyline" rathole anyway - something I have been wanting to do for a while, (since the "interactive Arlyn Ash cycling videos television" episode of Storylion), but now I have a good excuse.

Back soon !


Bruce Graham

No worries, (I am sure, knowing her), that the surprise will be she bought me VIP tickets and a "Meet and Greet"

Anyway - beat this...

With Storyline, I feel like a real Digital Man, (some other products make me feel like an Analog Kid!).
On the beta test, I could not wait for the launch, I had a Countdown clock, I was so giddy with excitement I thought I was Losing It!.
The way you could create all those inter-related scenes, think of them as Subdivisions of a course, it makes it all so easy.
As soon as it launched, Storyline became my eLearning Weapon of choice - the Chemistry was just right, I'm now a New World Man.

Ode to "Signals". See if YOU can get an entire album into a (vaguely relevant) post  :D


Bruce Graham


In a similar vein, my father used to say something along the lines of "A self-professed expert is someone who knows a bit about everything, (so nothing much about everything), or someone who knows so much about one thing that they know everything about nothing".

I was never sure about anything that he said, but that seemed to made some sense..


Steve Flowers

Personally, I'd never cop to being an expert. It sets the bar of expectations really high. Most self-professed experts I've met really don't live up to the promise. I wouldn't want to be *that guy* any more than I am already

On a related note, I wrote about the progression of skill this weekend. More specifically the language we use to define the steps of progression. A relevant read:


Jesse Spinella

I wouldn't consider myself an expert, I'd consider myself open for suggestions. The minute one labels themselves an 'expert,' it seems to me they stop learning. And that really isn't a useful approach. The moment one stops learning, its like going into shut down mode. And people like that die young. Maybe not a physical death, but certainly a mental one.

Jesse Spinella

Phil Mayor said:

Having spent the last 5 years training in the martial arts of the ninja, I consider my self the real Elearning NInja!

I am having the business cards printed now, and from this day forward will attend all meetings wearing a mask!

Masks are terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.

Amran Ibrahim Mohd

Hi friends...(if I said "Hi Guys it is not fair enough to the opposite sex since I do not know what is the opposite of Guys...enlighten me please)

According to Piskurich, George M. (2006): One who is expert with instructional technologies is a dying breed, as no one person can be expert in all the varying technologies available today. Most practitioners consider themselves expert in one or two aspects of technology and work with teams  of other experts to create great technology-based  training. If you run into someone who claims to be a truly general instructional technologist, watch out for the snake oil.  

He mentions about an  Instructional technologist, but I think his assertion could be  apply to an e-learning expert  as well.


Natalia Mueller

Amran Ibrahim Mohd said:

Hi friends...(if I said "Hi Guys it is not fair enough to the opposite sex since I do not know what is the opposite of Guys...enlighten me please)

Hi Amran! 

I can't speak for everyone, but in general the term "guys" can be used for an informal, mixed group of both men and women. Fortunately, the Articulate forums are informal and you will notice that many posts by both men and women begin with "Hey guys!". It's very similar to the saying "Hi everyone".

If you're ever concerned about whether or not it's appropriate, you are always safe with "Hi everyone/everybody", which is gender neutral.

There IS a female version of "guys". It's "gals", but it's not really used that often. When it is used, it's informal too. I would be more likely to say "she's a nice gal", then to say "hi guys and gals". 

I hope that is helpful!

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