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How do you get to be an e-learning expert?

March 28th, 2008 by Graham Attwell

I had an interesting email from a student today: “Dear Professor”, it opened – I was flattered, “….I’m now applying to a PhD through the Fulbright Comission to study in U.S. Can you please advise me about the best PhDs that could help me become an eLearning expert? I’m interested in Educational research, but also in developing informatic skills.”

I know little of the US Doctoral system. But the more general question also flummoxed me. Is a Doctorate a good way to become an e-learning expert. Or do you just have to go out there and do it. Or,  should we be developing higher education degrees to train pople in e-learning? Is there an occupational profile for an e-learning expert? Or is it a hybrid made up of several different occupational profiles?

I will pass on any good comments to the student who emailed me.

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One Response to “How do you get to be an e-learning expert?”

  1. I have always thought that you become an expert by learning a great deal about something, trying it out for yourself, amassing years of experience, reflecting on the thing, developing some new ideas or theories, trying those out, sharing your knowledge with the community, and helping people extend their own understanding of the subject.

    But then again, I’m a dangerous renegade without proper credentials…

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