Careers in eLearning: Moving from Accident to Intention


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As a kid, did you dream of working in the e-learning field when you grew up? Chances are, it wasn’t even on your radar. So here you are, completely by accident, and yet passionate about what you do and excited to take your practice to the next level. So what can you do to move beyond your sweet spot and become a more well-rounded practitioner? Opening keynote presentation at the Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase on August 5, 2014 in Naperville, IL.

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  • Let’s all close our eyes and do a little group meditation here. OK – maybe not. But I do want you to close your eyes. And I want you to picture in your mind something that has been well designed. What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when I say that? Hold on to that now and feel your way around it. What does it look like? Can you touch it or feel it? How does it make you feel? What can you do with it? Can you hear it? Does it help you do anything?

    Now turn to the people around you and share your something with them. Take a few minutes to talk about the quality of that thing.

    Flickr Photo: “Meditation” by Alice Popkorn
  • Careers in eLearning: Moving from Accident to Intention

    1. 1. Careers in eLearning: Moving from Accident to Intention Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase #CETS14 August 5, 2014 Cammy Bean, VP of Learning Design Kineo
    2. 2. Once upon a time… When I grow up, I want to be… A singer! A writer! A teacher!
    3. 3. But instead, I became an instructional designer. What’s that, Mommy?
    4. 4. And I (sort of) grew up.
    5. 5. It turns out, most of us are here completely by accident.
    6. 6. So how do we create a career for ourselves with purpose and passion?
    7. 7. Let’s start with pie!
    8. 8. Learning
    9. 9. Creative
    10. 10. Business
    11. 11. Technology
    12. 12. Learning Creative TechnologyBusiness The well-rounded L&D professional needs the whole pie.
    13. 13. A cautionary tale.
    14. 14. What’s missing in eLearning?
    15. 15. It’s certainly not more of this.
    16. 16. The missing piece? Often, it’s Design.
    17. 17. Close your eyes and imagine... good design.
    18. 18. Those who do it all, look like this…
    19. 19. …although the reality may look more like this. Photo credit:
    20. 20. What’s your sweet spot?
    21. 21. Enjoy your slice. But develop new tastes.
    22. 22. Think about your gap. And get out of your silo. Today.
    23. 23. Stop thinking like a bartender.
    24. 24. Start thinking like a mixologist.
    25. 25. Get the book!
    26. 26. Cammy Bean email: twitter: @cammybean blog: