What makes good learning?
Mar 05, 2020
Hello everyone. I’m looking for a bit of guidance. I’ve been working as an eLearning Developer for over 6 years now but I feel things have evolved during this time without me changing with it.
I come from a graphic design background, eLearning is the direction I went with it. I’ve never had to come up with content as we’ve always had SMEs, they’re the content experts so they collect the information and break it up in a PowerPoint document slide by slide.
This is where I properly step in. I turn this written documentation into engaging self paced learning modules. Interactions, quizzes, you name it. But the thing with me is I know what LOOKS good, but I don’t actually know what makes it a good learning piece. Sure I know how to break content up, include some voiceover, have a check your knowledge slide, throw in an interaction to keep the user engaged, but am I doing this right?
I don’t know what adult learning theories or practices are, what a pedagogy or methodology even is, I can’t even pronounce it!
I feel very one sided in this field. I feel it used to be eLearning developers who take on the things I do and leave the content creation to the experts (Instructional designers, SMEs) who lay it out for you. Now it seems like everyone is a ‘Learning Experience Designer’ which is a single role that does all the above!
These are my experiences and views on it anyway. Any new roles seem way beyond me because I can only do 50% of the job.
I’m a designer. I don’t come from an education background as a learning and development professional.
I’d really like to start upskilling on the other side of things. Where do I begin? Does anyone have any book recommendations or online courses that help people ‘start out’? Am I looking for a beginners guide to eLearning, instructional design, learning experience design or other?
I did notice the free eBooks that Articulate have on offer here so I may start there, but any advice or recommendations would be amazing.