Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Learning Beginnings

It's been exactly 5 months now since I re-joined our company's training team as their first official e-Learning Trainer and what a mighty ride it has been. Exciting developments and a steep learning curve I can tell you.

Before I came on board, e-Learning to me was pretty much unheard of and I had stereotypical perceptions of what it was all about. I thought of companies like Open University and LearnDirect Scotland, things like distance learning, click to advance, text heavy online modules and saying that, I thought e-Learning was ALL online.

Little did I know that 5 months later I would think completely differently. I now have long term visions of a Moodle Learning Management System, games and simulations, virtual learning environments and a smooth team of operators behind it.

And how did I get to where I am now? Easy. Social Networking has had a positive impact on my work and is now part of everyday life and this is why I have also created this blog.

Share, share and share again. It's great to learn from others and also to give a little something back. I have been following a number of learning professionals on Twitter. Some great recommendations would be @cammybean (VP at Kineo), @learning01 (Atlantic Link which is the company that has provided by content authoring software), @clivesheperd (consultant specialising in e-Learning for the workplace).

I love what I do and I crave so much more. I have my biggest project coming up and I intend to take some big steps in creating the best e-Learning I have done so far.

If you like, why not subscribe to my blog? I aim to give you an update on my progress soon and hopefully provide some links to useful resources.

Here's one for starters. E-Learning by Design written by William Horton courtesy of @cammybean.

Here's a thought to leave you with. "
Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life". Famous quote by Harvey MacKay.

Tom Ireland

3 comments:

Cammy Bean said...

Welcome to the fun and frenzied world of blogging! Looking forward to sharing the journey with you.

I also must confess that I have not yet read that book I recommended to you (it's still sitting in my Amazon Wish List). Be sure to post a review when you've made your way through it!

Cammy

Judy Unrein said...

E-Learning by Design -- great book. It was the text for a class I had last semester and there are some great things in it -- plus practical applications throughout.

I'm a newbie ID blogger myself, but from my vantage point of 2 weeks or so experience, I welcome you to the blogosphere!

Jonathan Pollinger said...

Good to see you get started. Best of luck with this blogging venture!