As an educational writer for both formal and informal educational clients, I've always been involved with multisensory and hands-on instructional techniques. As a 21st century educational writer, without thinking much about it, I've collected a diverse set of skills for creating digital teaching tools. As clients have turned to technology, I've followed suit.
Thought I've always thought of myself as a "writer," I now realized that I've morphed a bit. Over the past decade, I've become an eLearning specialist with significant knowledge of and experience in the tools, philosophy and techniques of the field. While I'm not a programmer (and don't plan to be one), I've jumped into the eLearning field without plannig it.
I've worked with PowerPoint and Camtasia, storyboards and smartboards, interactive kiosk scripting and blogs. I've learned to build teaching and assessments tools based on Flash, Java and HTML "interactives" such as drag and drop modules, puzzles, quizzes, and -- of course -- good old fashioned multiple choice. With all these tools, I've had the opportunity to develop some really exciting products:
- two distance learning courses for Drexel University's Goodwin College
- three interactive web-based classes for MediaBistro.com
- interactive lectures for college students for Pearson Publishing
- 21st Century Skills video scripts for Pearson (for elementary students)
- interactive tools for exploring personal finance for Apex Learning
...and that's just the start.
To celebrate the discovery that I've successfully navigated the bridge between print and digital educational writing, I've created two new tabs for this site. One focuses entirely on elearning and Instruction Design; the other on printed books and other publications. Need a writer? I'm up for either one!