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Last year I facilitated a number of elearning workshops with about 1800 participants who are either considering elearning as a career or are active in the elearning industry. Here’s a common question that I’m asked: What job title best describes the person who builds elearning courses?

Most Common E-Learning Job Titles

The people I meet have all sorts of titles. Some are clear and some are a bit ambiguous. Looking over the job listings in the elearning community, here are the most common titles:

  • Instructional Designer
  • E-Learning Developer or Designer
  • Learning Strategist
  • Learning & Development Specialist
  • E-Learning Consultant

I find that instructional designer is usually the most common with elearning developer being second and gaining ground. A few years ago, most of the open job titles were instructional designers. But now it’s pretty common to see the position referenced as an elearning developer or designer.

What Does the E-Learning Job Title Mean?

Personally I prefer something along the lines of E-Learning Course Designer or Developer. I think that job title best describes the role and the product produced. Instructional Designer is very broad and doesn’t include all the skills required to actually construct the elearning course.

In a previous post we reviewed some of the skills required to build elearning courses in today’s environment. They include:

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  • Performance consulting so that you know how to determine the appropriate training solution. Sometimes an elearning course isn’t the right solution. A performance consultant recognizes that.
  • Instructional design so that you know how to craft a great learning experience. E-learning is more than putting a bunch of text on the screen.
  • Visual & graphic design skills are key because the course will look like something and you want that something to be good. In many cases, the course developer is also responsible for creating and laying out the graphics and visual design.
  • Network & media technologies play a key role in course design. Many courses include audio narration and videos that need to be streamed over a network. The course designer should have a good understanding of the technologies related to course design and delivery so that you build a course appropriate to the technology available in the organization and by the user.
  • Authoring tool proficiency is important. You’ll use an elearning application like Storyline to build your courses. So you need to know how it works and how to get the most out of it to build good elearning courses.

The person who designs courses typically is expected to do more than just instructional design, so a title that best describes that role and expectations makes sense.

What job title do you prefer? What is your current job title and what would you change if you could? Add your thoughts here.

Also, I’ll be available for a live Q&A in the community tomorrow. See the link below for more details.

 

Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for e-learning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly e-learning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This e-learning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

 




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It can be a challenge meeting New Year’s resolutions when you’re pressed for time. To help you gain some time, I’ve included this free elearning template. Included are templates for Storyline and PowerPoint.

See the Free Template in Action

Here’s a link to a published version of the template. I added placeholder content to flesh out some of the screens so that you can see some of the different layouts.

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Click here to view the free template.

A few notes on using the template:

  • Layouts: The template comes with a few simple layouts which I used in the demo above. Feel free to create additional layouts. I recommend creating them in the slide master so you can quickly apply the layouts to the slides throughout the course.

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  • Color Theme: I used a design color theme so you can swap out the main accent colors by modifying the theme. This will help you get a color scheme to match your brand colors.
  • Free Icons: I used icons found at iconfinder.com. You can easily swap them out with your own graphics. The background image came from unsplash. I also used the Open Sans font for this template.
  • Customize: I tried to keep the template simple so it’s easier to edit. However, feel free to jazz it up with entrance and exit animations as well as additional interactive features. In the demo above, I imported the PowerPoint template into Storyline and added additional interactive elements.

Get Your Free Template

Here are download links to the free templates:

If you have questions about the templates or how something was done, let me know in the comments. If you use it and want to show what you did, feel free to add a link.


E-Learning Heroes Updates

Here are some great articles from the elearning community:

 

Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for e-learning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly e-learning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This e-learning 101 series and the free e-books will help.