Show Notes from Episode #3 of “eLearning for Everybody” EFE 003
This is episode number 3 of “eLearning for everybody”. The title of today’s show is “How A Junk Mail PostCard Started My eLearning Career”. Here’s a quick summary of what we will cover in this episode. We will talk about the opportunities that exist in e-learning and related fields such as opportunities in instructional design, instructional technology, media development teaching and more. We will discuss what jobs and opportunities are out there.
I am amazed at growth of eLearning and the opportunities that it provides. eLearning is still in its infancy, I’m sure somebody could disagree with the but it’s probably only been around since the early 1980s when the personal computer was developed in the early 1980s. We had eLearning because in the 1950s and 60s we had the “sunrise semester” where we watched TV lectures and then completed assignments that we mailed in. eLearning has come a long way.
eLearning can seem very complicated and complex to people who know nothing about it. Don’t let it intimidate you. It is becoming easier for both students and instructors every day. If I can do it, you can do it. Sometimes the most difficult thing about a task or project is to take the first step in simply get started. I know I was this way with podcasting. I put it off for months and practically over a year. I wanted everything to be perfect. What I discovered was that actual perfection doesn’t exist. There is never a perfect time for anything. So how does all this relate to the opportunities and e-learning? Listen to the audio podcast that tells the story of how I got started in eLearning.
eLearning offers employment opportunities for full-time and part times employees, as well as contractors and consultant. It provides prospects nation-wide and global business prospects. The work is very flexible and many people work remotely via telecommuting. According to Forbes magazine the eLearning industry is a $100 billion dollar industry. It reported that more traditional methods of training or education are not going away. Many organizations of all from public schools to corporations, are opting to train and inform via the web.
Opportunities in eLearning include organizations in the following sectors:
- Small Business
- K-12 Schools
- Higher Education
Colleges and K-12 Opportunities
In the United States alone there are over 4,600 college and universities that rely heavily on part-time faculty to teach online course for them. The biggest market may be the Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) market because of its’ sheer size.
Entrepreneurs can use e-learning to offer courses in any subject. There are large number of entrepreneurs now who have created online courses as part of their revenue stream for their business. Since there are an infinite number of topics out there that people can be trained on eLearning presents a tremendous opportunity for consultants and entrepreneurs.
The types of eLearning jobs that exist include:
- Instructional designer
- Course developers
- eLearning developer
- Instructional technology specialist
- eLearning instructors
- eLearning trainers
For more information on these jobs you can follow my podcast and blog.
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