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


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!


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!