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Lisa Whalen

My official title at work is eLearning Specialist. 

I think specialist sounds less "harsh" than expert.  

It means I have knowledge and expertise to specialize in my field, backed by the education as well (in my case 2 masters degrees).

I don't think I would call myself an expert on anything because I relate that to one who knows everything there is to know about the subject they are an expert on ( I know that is not the true definition ).  I am always learning, and always willing to learn, hence the reason I view most of the tutorials from the blogs that come into my inbox via Word of Mouth and eLearning Heros.  Do I already know how to do much of what I find in those emails, yes, but could I learn a neat little trick or shortcut anyway....ABSOLUTELY!!!

So, if you are not one for titles, but are looking for a "name"... how about a "specialist".  Doctors that go into a specialized field are called specialists, not Experts in Heart Surgery.  Just a thought.....as I obviously found this thread rather late in the discussion...LOL

Colin Eagles

Lisa Whalen said:

My official title at work is eLearning Specialist. 

I think specialist sounds less "harsh" than expert.  

It means I have knowledge and expertise to specialize in my field, backed by the education as well (in my case 2 masters degrees).

I don't think I would call myself an expert on anything because I relate that to one who knows everything there is to know about the subject they are an expert on ( I know that is not the true definition ).  I am always learning, and always willing to learn, hence the reason I view most of the tutorials from the blogs that come into my inbox via Word of Mouth and eLearning Heros.  Do I already know how to do much of what I find in those emails, yes, but could I learn a neat little trick or shortcut anyway....ABSOLUTELY!!!

So, if you are not one for titles, but are looking for a "name"... how about a "specialist".  Doctors that go into a specialized field are called specialists, not Experts in Heart Surgery.  Just a thought.....as I obviously found this thread rather late in the discussion...LOL

Specialist makes sense to me.  "Expert" seems like a catchword... like "Guru".  (I usually immediately assume that a "Guru" won't know what they're talking about).