What would you like to do better as a Learning Professional?
My overarching professional development goal right now is to improve the interactivity in the courses I develop. Because we’re a small company and a small team, any interactivity needs to be something I can do myself—there’s no Flash developer to pass it off to. I’ve done a few things in the courses I’ve done so far, but I know this is an area where I have huge room for improvement.
How am I planning to reach this goal?
- More Captivate: I’ve done some small-scale branching exercises and some short scenarios and cases. I know I can integrate more of those with these graduate courses.
- Learning Flash: I’ve been veeery slowly trying to learn Flash for months. I put it aside for a while, but I’m trying to pick it up again now. I see Flash as something I’d probably integrate with Captivate activities when I can’t quite do what I want in Captivate. I don’t expect to be a great Action Script programmer, but knowing some of that animation would help give me more options in Captivate.
- Reading: All the blog reading I do is certainly part of my personal learning, and I do look for information on effective interactivity. I’ve been doing my research and saving my links. Dead tree format is still helpful too; I really enjoy Michael Allen’s books. I’m reading William Horton now and expecting to get more ideas.
- Games & Simulations: I haven’t done any games for this job, but I think there’s some possibilities. We have a course on classroom management that I’m hoping to spend time improving later this year. Right now, the course includes pages and pages of snippets of research findings on classroom management. It’s great info, but it’s so boring that I couldn’t even finish reading it myself. I’d love to see what I can do for a low-tech game that gives learners a chance to apply that research in a simulated classroom and have consequences for their actions.
Not a big philosophical goal, I know, but this question seemed to lend itself to the practical goal and how I’m hoping to work to improve.
What do you want to do better as a learning professional?