Met someone, and she asked whether I understood how to develop adult learning content as a learning/instructional designer.
She gave me several products that could create online learning contents. She emphasised I must know how to develop interactive contents for adult learning.
I spent 30 minutes explaining what I have created for adult self-learning content for teachers that included:
- text reading,
- clickable links to engage deeper learning,
- quizzes and forms, forums and discussions,
- used photoshop to develop solutions that the client was not able to provide,
- and of course, video solutions for viewing and discussions
Most importantly, I mentioned CAMTASIA, a similar software as per their advertisement.
She wanted to know whether I am familiar with the three software that industrial and corporate e-learning usually uses. I couldn’t remember what the first two was, but I know Adobe Captivate visually. It was basically PowerPoint but clickable and interactive, I mentioned I have zero experience with it, but I am familiar with what it can achieve.
She did not look convinced, and at that moment, I knew she wanted something else.
Truthfully… which adult actually uses these? To me, adults learn through discussions, showing (off) and demonstrating what they know, and provide them with a platform to express themselves. Extrinsically motivating them to be recognised within their institutional learning just by contributing their corporate ideals.
Maybe she really knows what talent she wanted. I obviously do not possess the required learning curve for the task. Perhaps she could not afford to take the risk or time investing mistakes after being newly acquired by a parent company.
Anyhow, I really felt confident in that conversation. At one point, I wanted to hire these talents into my department some time ago. Looking at the bright side, during the whole process, I get to learn two pedagogical methods, specially for learning designers:
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