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Whether your looking to upskill or expand your knowledge (most likely both!) there is an abundance of digital learning courses out there for you to use.
This industry is all about constantly learning, in such an ever-evolving market it’s important to keep up with the trends and emerging technologies. Therefore, undertaking courses are not to only an essential part of your personal development, but staying ahead of the curve.
But what courses to take we hear you ask?
From free to paid - 2 days to 2 years - the course you choose is very much dependant on your experience and availability. We have come across a number of courses throughout our time in the industry. Many have been recommended by Industry networks and partners, sought by clients or undertaken by our candidates.
Finding the right course for you can be difficult, with so many out there it’s hard to know whether they are value for money, provide useful information and are even available to your career level. There are a number of key elements you need to consider such as time, money, availability and ultimately your objectives – what do you want to achieve by the end of the course.
Below are just a sample of what is out there, but definitely not limited to this list.
One of our clients looked for a Tap Certificate Course or Tap Diploma as a desirable requirement, although this doesn’t mean to say that you need to sign up to their courses straight away. It’s definitely worthwhile putting in some research into what is out there. Tap courses are aimed to upskill professionals in specific roles and are even broken down in to different learning methods e.g. blended or online. They are made up of Core elements which include L&D Consultancy Skills to e-learning Design, and also Elective elements to compliment the diploma in areas such as Learning Evaluation.
CIPD qualifications are seen regularly on our candidate’s CVs. They seem to be heavily associated with Learning Technologists, as the courses are focused on L&D career paths. The courses aim to ‘build your career and enhance your professionalism’. You are able to choose a level of study, size of qualification and how you want to study whether that be full-time or perhaps block learning – there’s an easy search tool to see whether CIPD have the right course for you.
4E Digital Learning
These courses are designed for professionals to progress in three separate areas: the design, development, and delivery of digital learning. The courses are for those looking to build the first blocks in their digital learning career, as well as professional already established in the Industry looking to upskill. The courses are run by our partner 4E Digital and take 2 months with different start dates throughout the year. Ralph from 4E Digital Learning speaks about the importance of taking an e-learning course:
“Routes into digital learning careers are extremely varied, which is a reflection of the rapidly changing nature of the modern workforce and the speed at which the industry is changing. To progress and to make your CV standout you need to gain experience, undertake training and gain qualifications. Up until recently to land a senior digital learning role you’d probably need a masters in learning technology or instructional design. But now with more specialist professional training courses becoming available it’s possible to earn and learn at the same time and also have more confidence that you are gaining the skills and knowledge that is needed and valued in the modern workplace.”
The above courses do come at a cost, however there are a number of courses that be accessed for free. A list has been composed by the eLearning industry of free courses available to e-learning professionals, from an Introduction to Instructional Systems Design to a course on incorporate Gamification into your e-learning development strategy, the list goes on…
Whichever course you choose to take its vital that you constantly keep learning in order to improve your skills and expand your knowledge in order to design and develop digital learning resources that impact your audiences experience. Ensure you do your homework and take the time to understand your main aim for taking up the course in the first place.
Have there been any courses you’ve found that have helped your development as digital learning professional? It would be great to share them with our network to help them build their skill set and build on their knowledge.
If you require assistance in your job search or simply need some advice, get in touch with the team today on 0161 714 0600.