Julie Wedgwood, visit www.juliewedgwood for more information.
How would you describe what you do?
I’m not into labels. I focus on creating effective learning interventions for my customers and helping learning professionals to harness technology to improve the quality and creativity of the learning they provide. I do lots of research into different technologies and learning theories, experiment with them in my own teaching practice and then share what I’ve learned.
How did you get into a career in elearning?
I started out in learning by answering a job ad in the Evening Standard that had the headline “Are you bored in your current job?” That got me into the world of corporate training and so as the training world started to experiment with technology, I went with it, exploring, experimenting and blending what I found into my own teaching practice.
Do you feel there are good opportunities for women working in elearning?
I think if you are committed to creating the best possible learning experiences you can, then the opportunities are absolutely there, for anyone, regardless of their gender!
How are you working to make elearning more effective?
I help learning professionals to understand the value of blending elearning into their teaching/training practice, offering practical assistance in both how to design and deliver learning that is effective using a rich mix of learning technology. Many trainers, teachers and organisations are almost paralysed by their perception of the rate of change going on around them. So I’m working to help them see the power of elearning, connecting them with what’s going on in practical ways. I’m also working with global elearning providers on leading edge elearning technologies, which is a great privilege and allows me to stretch my creativity with learning design.
If you could give our members one elearning tip, what would it be?
Design learning that you want to learn from. If you design a learning solution that you would not want to actually use to learn yourself, then you need to question your design. I know that there will always be constraints on the tools etc that you can use, but you need to do the best you possibly can with what you’ve got. Ultimately for me, it’s about respecting the learner and placing yourself in their shoes to understand how they will most likely respond to what you provide. To really learn, people have to change, so the learning experiences you create for them should always be positive and motivating.
You can tweet Julie via @JulieWedgwood (https://twitter.com/#!/JulieWedgwood). You can also see her in action at the next eLN event ‘A fresh approach to elearning’ on 23rd March. Click here for more details (link to: http://www.elearningnetwork.org/events/getting-started-elearning)