There is a transformational shift in education towards pedagogies that require the use of ICT that are engaging and bring the learner face to face with the rest of the world. If you go to any university website, you will always find portals to eLearning areas, where students engage in online learning spaces. These spaces do not negate the value of face to face teaching, but in our rapidly evolving society, learning must be done ad libitum and be made available to the majority who don’t have the time or resources to access face to face educational environments. At the same time, most workers are required to complete regular compliance training in order to maintain the necessary qualifications to exist and thrive in their workplace. eLearning is helping companies to boost productivity and maintain solid footing in niche markets.
The eLearning materials that are now available have dramatically altered education as we once knew it. With developments in technologies, content is being delivered in an online environment in ways that are extremely functional and entertaining. eLearning courses are springing up everywhere, and it doesn’t look like slowing down.
eLearning is a currently a $50 billion industry, that is expected to double during 2015, and it is estimated that approximately 46% of university students are currently accessing some form of eLearning environment. http://elearningindustry.com/top-10-e-learning-statistics-for-2014-you-need-to-know . Asia plays host to some of the world’s most rapidly expanding e-Learning markets, in particular Malaysia and Vietnam, while Africa stands out as one of the bright future markets for eLearning. (Pappas, 2013)
I have been caught up in the frenzy that is eLearning, and am currently totally preoccupied with the construction of learning modules for local business, my students and my school
(see Office Mix – Flipping student and workplace learning). If you have ever done any training via online modules, you would probably agree that they can be hit and miss at times. My goal is to create eLearning content that is entertaining and not something that you would laboriously click through thinking there was something better to do with an hour and a half!
Recently, I purchased a copy of Articulate Storyline 2. This is a program that feels very similar to Office mix and PowerPoint, but has additional functions that help to create online learning modules that are comprehensive and entertaining. I can spend the best part of an hour getting my cartoon character of a worker at a pet store to walk across the page carrying a YouTube clip of a real life staff member demonstrating how to catch and bag a goldfish. Riveting I can hear you say, but wait till you try it for yourself!
Developing skills in this area is something that I am very passionate about. It is included as a major part of my Personal Learning Plan at my school and I have arranged with a parent of one of my students, who happens to be CEO of an Australian eLearning developer, to take me on as the ‘work experience kid’. I want to know the processes involved from concept to product and discover structures and styles of modules that are most engaging.
I am excited about this journey and hope to have plenty to share in the coming months.
Pappas, C. (2013, December 1). Top 10 e-Learning Statistics for 2014 You Need To Know. Retrieved from e-Learning Industry: http://elearningindustry.com/top-10-e-learning-statistics-for-2014-you-need-to-know