My career in e-learning started out at Gloucestershire college. i’d left University with no real interest in a career in online learning, heck i didn’t really know what it was. We had at the time a very basic webct but no one used it, so like everyone else, i’d log in once a month to see if anything had been posted. When it hadn’t, i’d duly log back out and forget all about it.
For me, my career in e-learning started out quite by accident. I’d come out of University short of money, with a degree but no real direction or idea of what i wanted to do. All i know is i needed work and quickly. Then an opportunity came up for someone to work at Gloucestershire college, for designing online materials for A-level. It was for my degree subjects, so thought it would be a way to keep my degree in use and make money. So i applied, that was over 12 years ago and i’ve been working with e-learning every since minus a quick but forgettable time in customer service!
Through out my time in e-learning i have most enjoyed the training and teaching of staff. I find educational theory an area i have gravitated for, and have completed a PGCHE to improve my knowledge of Pedagogy. If technology is to be utilised effectively in the classroom, i believe it must be properly underpinned to the pedagogy of the course, and not used for technologies sake. Since doing my PGCE i have come to realise the importance of planning in e-learning and catering to the learners, not what i think is the best way to go about designing something. Through my PGCE i undetook distance and e-learning and it was fascinating to have a learners perspective on design. Thing i thought worked well, infuriated me as a learner. Particularlty with E-portfolios, which as i now head up e-portfolios at UWE has been a useful exercise!
over the coming weeks i will write more but for now i just wanted to put up a quick intro, i’m looking forward to starting the course and have no real expectations, other than a hope to learn some nex interesting stuff!