The future of eLearning Development
I wanted some insight from those of you who have been doing this for a long time on a topic I see potentially related to one I am very familiar.
My background is in graphic/web design. I actually started before computers (I'm 51) and, in that day and age, the only way you could get anything printed was to hire someone who had the technical skills and know-how to make it happen. Yes, dinosaurs still roamed the earth at that time.
Along comes the early desktop publishing software programs a few years into my career. The programs were still complex, limiting and very expensive so a designer still had to be hired to produce the majority of print.
A decade into my career, along comes the internet. New software but few except those with a lot of training and experience could produce a quality website for the first few years.
Fast-forward a few years and the software has become easier and easier to use. People can go out and buy their own software and produce a lot of what I used to be paid to do. Same with websites. Content management systems and online sites which automate the process makes it easy for anyone to produce their own site.
Note, I'm not saying most can produce quality graphic design or websites just because they can use software but it's gotten easier with templates, etc. for most to make stuff which looks more professional. It continues to drive down prices across the industry while colleges continue to pump out grads into an already over-saturated market.
I'm here now because I'm exploring trying to learn eLearning Development. As someone with 15 years of teaching experience, I'm thinking it's a natural way to blend my passion for design and teaching and, hopefully, allow me to expand my offerings.
Based on the last few years, do you see this industry following the trend of graphic and web design in that those who have done traditional training/teaching without eLearning Development skills/experience are finding it easier to produce their own online content?
What do you see as the future?