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How to Become an E-learning Developer in the US

With telecommuting, educational facilities adopting online practices and a growing number of students and adults using the Internet for their learning needs, e-learning developers will be the next big commodity in the workforce. Professional e-learning developers work with organizations to construct courses that can be easily studied online.

 

The Work

E-learning developers establish courses to be viewed on an internal network or an external one, whether it’s for secondary and post-secondary schools, private enterprises or certification facilities for professionals. In other words, if you enjoy Internet technology, education and web development, the career opportunity of an e-learning developer may be right for you.

Their responsibilities include but are not limited to:

-          Producing courses, materials, e-textbooks, guidelines and tests

-          Creating learning activities and various coursework assignments

-          Sending out mass emails to pupils, staff members and course managers

-          Establishing interactive multimedia, including video clips, podcasts, tutorials

-          Making security apparatuses efficient, sound and easy to understand for users

-          Working with education professionals to develop online learning instructions

-          Adapting online content that can be viewed and studied on smartphones, tablets, etc.

-          Delivering online courses and content on time and on budget

-          Speaking regularly with students to answer questions, solve issues and offer training

-          Maintaining, modifying and updating online education developmental system

Salary & Hours

 

Median Hourly Wage

Median Annual Salary

 

$20

$53,036

Source: PayScale.com

 

In today’s laboUr environment of remote productivity, e-learning developers can expect to work an average of 35 to 40 hours (it’s possible that you can create your own hours, too). If deadlines are to be met then it’s likely that you could work overtime and on weekends. The work environment is set in an office at a computer (potentially at home), but you could be traveling to meetings to work with others.

 

Skills

The position of an e-learning developer will require these professionals to have the following skills:

-          A strong acumen for information technology, computers, software and education

-          Superb English communication skills, both written and verbally, for students to understand

-          Astute when it comes to web development tools and accessing online tools

-          A higher than average words per minute skill of between 75 and 100

-          Up-to-date in relation to the latest technology and web design methods

 

Qualifications

An e-learning developer should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Internet technology, computer engineering or mathematics. Furthermore, it would be prudent to have a variety of certifications and training in programs for an array of topics that can be useful for building course materials.

In addition, every e-learning developer must have proper experience with HTML, DHTML, JavaScript, CSS, XML, PHP and Flash as well as multimedia software in relation to editing video clips, designing graphics and building websites.

 

Career Prospects

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the web development industry, which also consists of e-learning developers, can expect to experience a 20 percent growth in employment opportunities between the years 2012 and 2022. This is due to the fact that numerous entities all over the world, whether they’re governments, non-profit organizations, private enterprises or schools, are turning to the Internet for all of their business-related functions.

E-learning developers can have a lot of fun creating a course and its respective materials for students and adults who want to become conversant in any kind of topic. These professionals can expect to work primarily in front of their computers but also have flexible work options (different hours, work settings and days), a ubiquitous feature in the modern day workforce.

Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr.

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