Core activity 5.1: eLearning and professional development

Look for implicit and explicit definitions of elearning professionals, and specifications for education and training aimed at elearning professionals. Make notes comparing these definitions and specifications (e.g. those from different countries or educational sectors) and with your own education and training as an elearning practitioner.

The four key roles of a teacher involved in elearning (Digital Learning, 2007) are;

  • administrator
  • facilitator
  • technical support
  • evaluator

Digital Learning Asia 2007 conference: eAsia 2007, http://www.digitallearning.in/dlasia/2007/agenda_day3_9.asp

eLPCO outline 5 main ‘types’ of elearning professionals;

Instructional Designer
Contents Specialist
Learning System Producer
Instructor
Mentor

http://elpco.a2en.aoyama.ac.jp/EN/H01E-01.html

There is so much expertise revolving around elearning that as Digital Learning and eLPCO suggest there are various roles which make elearning possible. Thus each role in it’s own right might be regarded as a profession.  By comparing this with the building of a house, can I say that the architect is a professional whereas the interior designer is not? I’d say that anyone in any role may be a professional.

Going back to Unit 1, what requirements need to be met, so that a role may be called a profession? Or am I going out of track and I should be looking at the actual person and the enthusiasm/mode of operandi which is being given to the job, to see who the real professional is?

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