Guest Author - Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger
In the past few years, the use of e-Learning tools has increased dramatically due to the popularity of distance learning and as a method of delivery for training in the corporate world. Also known as web-based training (WBT), Internet-based training (IBT), or computer-based training (CBT), e-Learning may be accessed through many different forms of media. Today, more instructors are further educating themselves on the benefits of teaching via e-Learning and using it as a companion tool for classroom instruction as well.
One of the latest valued occupational skills in both academic and corporate environments is called e-Learning design and development, and there are several ways to obtain the necessary training. Many degree programs in education already have the basic courses surrounding instructional design for online learning, such as basic principles, process for designing, theories associated with instructional design, development and management, assessment and evaluation, and research for instructional design. Many people have already achieved advanced degrees in education and are seeking certificate programs in e-Learning design and development or instructional design, which are available to them online as distance-learning programs.
The e-Learning design and development certificate program will cover the essential elements needed to assist in understanding how to organize and deliver a course in a distance-learning environment. Whether e-Learning design and development courses are offered for academic credit or in a corporate environment for training, e-Learning is proving to be an effective method of delivering and receiving education. Although many academic instructors are now utilizing e-Learning modules in their curriculums, corporations are beginning to recruit e-Learning design development specialists and instructional design specialists specifically for the purpose of assisting their employees with creating course curriculums and developing interactive technical and professional learning modules in lieu of class training. As more corporations continue to promote virtual office employment, the demand for e-Learning will continue to increase.
For individuals who are interested in the design and development aspect of e-Learning, instructional systems designer positions are offered in education, corporations, government, and private sector businesses and the positions are accompanied by very desirable salaries and benefits. Education and experience for these types of positions typically include a bachelor’s degree in computing, business, or education; some instructional design experience; and knowledge of associated design software. Depending on the complexity of the learning modules, some programming experience may also be required. Additionally, both e-Learning design and development and instructional design are considered virtual vocations by most companies, which is another appealing aspect for those who enjoy living a mobile lifestyle. Whether your goal is to create learning modules for corporations or to become a university professor, experience in instructional design and development is a talent that should be listed on your curriculum vitae or résumé.
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