What does it mean to be a Learning Technologist?

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What does it mean to be a Learning Technologist? 

Digital Learning is a hugely dynamic and exciting sector to work in. We have seen the industry evolve and with it the roles which we recruit for. In this blog we look at the role of a Learning Technologist and what it involves. 

Job titles can sometimes be misleading and mean different things to different organisations, but in general a Learning Technologist will help support and enhance an organisations learning resources including its learning platforms and e-learning materials. 

The role will usually involve collaborating with technical teams, Instructional Designers and Subject Matter Experts to support on the use and development of digital learning. Some more experienced Learning Technologists may also have the responsibility of researching and managing the implementation of the latest e-learning technologies whilst assisting with the e-learning strategy. Within the Learning Technologist scope comes the involvement in the administration and technical support for Learning Platforms. 

Technologists support learners with the use of the platform, ensuring content is up to date and operating correctly. As mentioned a number of e-learning roles do overlap in terms of responsibilities. Some Learning Technologist roles require a more creative input such as basic learning design, working closely with Instructional Designers. However, there is a distinctive difference in that Learning Technologists are also required to maintain the authoring tools used to design the content. 

Essentially, it’s an incredibly varied role! So, we put the question to you, what does a Learning Technologist look like to you? Do your Learning Technologists fit any of the above, or do you have a differing opinion? We would love to hear your thoughts. 

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