The most important lesson I’ve learned along the road
Do you remember the feeling when you first got behind the wheel after getting your driver’s license? Well, I do … and if you’re a bit like me, you probably felt as if you were the king of the road … at least you thought you were!….and then all kind of obstacles are popping up.
I had the same feeling during my first assignment as a freelance elearning developer. At the beginning I thought that I had all the knowledge to tackle this project like a real pro, but along the way I got buried by questions and expectations from my client and the projectteam. Well…to make a long story short…with a lot of effort I was able to answer the questions, meet the expectations of the team and finish the project, but I also realized that I needed to work on a lack of skills.
Useful skills for every e-learning designer
Before I go any further, I want you to know that the required skills for people in the e-learning business are very versatile.
Along the way you will learn that a base knowledge of education, projectmanagement, communication, technology etc. can be very handy, but as the scope of this website is to share knowledge about design, I’ll focus in particular on the useful skills in the context of content production.
That said, there are two types of skills: soft skills and hard skills. Soft skills can be seen as our personal traits. These skills are less tangible and less measurable than hard skills. Helpful soft skills in our business are creativity, perseverance and imagination.
Hard skills can be defined, measured and ‘easier’ learned. In this context we can think of the knowledge of UX design, UI design, graphic design and of course the skill to work with the software and gear that we are using for our content production.
A few activities that helped me to improve my designer skills.
On the main page I already told you how I became a self taught designer, but to really work on your skills you have to do more…you need to be active, or in other words…
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- Start walking – it is not only healthy, but it can also be a source of inspiration. Consider, for example, the shapes of buildings, the compositions of shop windows and of course enjoy the natural colors out there.
- Visit museums and galleries – study the shapes, lines, colors, and other techniques such as lights and shadows the famous artists are using.
- Attend all kind of business events – It’s a good habit to join a number of e-learning events, but also attend network meetings were artists like photographers, illustrators, movie makers and animators are gathering.
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