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eLearning Skills Then and Now June 11, 2009

Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
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Have you noticed a change in the focus of your eLearning skill set over the past few years? I’ve noticed a change in mine. I’m doing more work with existing products and services, instead of developing things from scratch. And I find that I’m doing more research and development of learning technology tools now that so many options are available. I’m also doing less and less work with the LMS. I’d like to know: Is it just me? Have you seen your role change? And if so, how?

Here’s a summary of my most-heavily used skills, then and now, ordered by most-used to least-used:

Old skills

  1. LMS skills (SCORM / AICC)
  2. Development skills (ex. HTML / CSS / JavaScript)
  3. Adobe Flash
  4. Adobe Photoshop
  5. Adobe Captivate
  6. Troubleshooting
  7. Project management
  8. Internal marketing and communication of learning initiatives

Current skills

  1. Project management
  2. Research and evaluate learning / technology tools
  3. Internal marketing and communication of learning initiatives
  4. Development skills (ex. HTML / CSS / JavaScript)
  5. Troubleshooting
  6. LMS skills (SCORM / AICC)

How about you?



1. Mike Taylor - June 12, 2009

I definitely agree. WIth new tools like Articulate, Lectora, etc. doing such a good job for most things the development skills (HTML, etc) are definitely falling down the list. My list looks very similar to yours.

2. Brent Schlenker - June 12, 2009

Could it also be that as you move along in your career you have others (n00bs) doing the “old skills”? Just curious. I think the advancement of the technologies is the biggest factor, but I’m curious about experience having an impact as well.

3. Kate - June 12, 2009

I still need/use many of the old/new skills you mentioned but I no longer work with them in isolation. I spend of a lot of time doing the following:

1. Learning about new ways of informal learning in the work place
2. Working on ways to distribute knowledge and skills among my colleagues.
3. Integrating Web 2.0 tools with LMS
3. Using Adobe Photoshop/Flash/Premier to provide interactive learning resources
5. Troubleshooting
4. Project Management (and deciphering the ridiculous variety of acronyms associated with this field:)

4. Kate - June 12, 2009

Sorry I mixed up the numbers above!

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