Advice for a new starter
Posted on: February 17, 2017
I was recently asked the question about how I made the transition from school teaching to online learning.
This has been a gradual journey - one on which I’ve been supported by great managers, advisors and colleagues.
I did a post-graduate diploma in Elearning. This was with Hull University, but, these days, I’d probably recommend the MSc in Digital Education from Edinburgh, or, for a short course, go for CIPD’s Digital Learning Design, run by Clive Shepherd. He’s a real expert in the subject.
Apart from the thinking that the course provoked, it also helped me start my personal learning network (PLN). You don’t need the qualification, but it might help get interviews, and it will certainly help as you start thinking from the online learning perspective.
My PLN comprises experts in various fields around learning, technology and web design. These are people who publish their ideas and with whom I can interact.
I also used my teaching experience to think in terms of activities and learning outcomes rather than just resources. There are a lot of people who just create nice looking resources with no real thought about how people will use them and what they will realistically learn from them. As a teacher you have an advantage on many people in that you will have much more of an insight into how people learn.
Constant CPD, through my PLN, through Twitter, through meetups and conferences, is essential. Get as much as you can. The world of learning technology is changing very rapidly and its easy to get left behind.
Join the Elearning Network and try to get along to some of their events. You’ll learn masses!
The Really Useful Elearning Instruction Manual by Rob Hubbard
Don’t Make me Think by Steve Krug
The New Learning Architect by Clive Shepherd.