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Kickstart your career in Digital Learning (Remotely)

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a Learning Professional. Technologies continue to evolve to new heights, and the learning industry keeps growing as a result.

The rise of mobile learning and gamification has opened up a whole new world for learners across the board and learning development professionals alike. This means that roles for digital learning providers are in high demand across a multitude of organisations.

From March 2020, businesses, universities, and schools were forced to rethink their strategies and fast-track plans to implement remote learning as the world required it. Some even condensed 5-year plans into 6 months to meet new demands.

But how do you enter the online learning sector? What does the digital learning career ladder look like? Do you have the ability to create engaging digital learning experiences?

 

What is digital learning?

In a nutshell, digital learning is a method based on blending education and training with tech and digital tools, enabling people to learn in different ways.

Online education provides users with the ability to study from anywhere. Organisations can use e-learning applications to train employees with text, audio, and video content, immersive experiences, and gamification.

Digital learning is delivered in various forms, such as:

  • The virtual classroom
  • Simulation and gamification
  • Training through videos and downloadable documents
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Mobile learning
  • Social and collaborative learning

 

Why choose a career in digital learning?

This flexible career provides the opportunity to work from anywhere in almost any sector.

Digital learning is a fast-growing industry and roles can be found almost anywhere. Digital learning is great for career exploration, essentially, the world is at your fingertips.

Forbes says “There’s a huge demand from people to learn online. The reason for this demand is the rapid growth of the market with a wide variety of platform options for different groups of people.”

There is ample opportunity to work in various industries, such as:

  • Higher & Further Educational institutions
  • Healthcare providers
  • Digital Learning Vendors
  • Professional services
  • Financial services
  • Technology training providers
  • Training consultancies
  • Retail companies
  • Small & Medium-sized enterprises

Typical job titles within digital learning could include:

  • Instructional Designer
  • E-learning Developer
  • L&D Manager
  • Digital Learning Designer
  • LMS Manager
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Learning Technologist

 

How to kickstart remotely

The Learning & Development function has come a long way in the last decade.

Employers are looking for those with an understanding of user experience. Those who enjoy collaborating with others and want to make a positive impact, and those who are willing to explore new ideas.

There are several ways to give yourself the best chance at landing a role in digital learning.

Create an online portfolio

A digital portfolio empowers you to present your strengths and share examples of your projects such as writing examples, infographics, videos, and more. A variety of methods demonstrates your ability to create different types of learning experiences.

Remember, not every project in your portfolio needs to be from real-world examples. If previous work cannot be shared, or you are lacking in experience, you can create snippets of ways you might present work. Tools like Canva are great for this.

Proactively upskill

For personal development, you can be proactive in your learning, to show prospective employers that you are keen to learn and grow professionally.

Keep up-to-date with skills in demand for the L&D sector and make room for areas of improvement.

Think outside the box

To accelerate digital alternatives to traditional learning processes, it’s key to have an understanding of sophisticated online resources and to adopt new ways of teaching. Expose yourself to new tools and trends to stay one step ahead.

 

Top skills in demand

It is up to digital learning providers to hold autonomy over their work. Being digitally savvy is key, as learning will be carried out online via tools like Zoom.

Learning providers join video calls, use shared drives, and receive work submissions digitally.

Employers are generally seeking out skills like:

  • Instructional design
  • Storyline (& alternative authoring tools)
  • Graphic Design
  • User Experience
  • LMS administration
  • Pedagogy
  • Learning theories
  • Empathy with learning clients
  • Project management
  • Excellent communication
  • Motivational skills
  • Initiative
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Awareness of eLearning trends & tools

 

Experience

Anything that demonstrates your motivational skills and leadership is likely to boost your application. Previous experience in related fields (e.g. HR) is also valuable to employers.

 

Qualifications

There are digital learning Apprenticeships / Degree / Masters courses. Not a prerequisite on most occasions but helpful.

Teaching can be a good route into digital learning due to the deep understanding of learning theory & pedagogy etc.

Other routes can include UX/UI – and other general digital skills.

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