Conflicted

For those in the know, there are two big Ds in the world of eLearning. A lot of people ask me, where do I place myself? Am I a designer or a developer? Completely different topics, but still one thing in the end. To me, it feels like the number of people who are doing development as well as design simultaneously is increasing rapidly. Nobody wants to just be really good at one thing instead of being so-so great on two domains. When I ask them why, they mostly tell me that it’s good to know about development when you’re designing something, for example (or the other way around). Because then, you can shape the idea so that it’s easy to realize it with code – and I agree with them. I would also like to design more of my projects and while I learn from other people, I keep getting better in doing so.

But I also noticed a weird aspect of the whole dilemma: When I get an idea and I think it’s a great one, I often try to sketch something up and then make a wire-frame out of it. The only problem with this approach is that while I try to design, my brain tries to shape the idea until it fits my development experiences & the knowledge I had at this time. It feels like my subconscious mind just cuts some parts off the initial idea. While talking about new projects and ideas with other people in the industry, I noticed that they’re also affected by this same situation. And I think many other people who work in two different topics also apply this way of thinking while making up an idea. Where do most of you all put yourselves? Which camp are you in? Designer or Developer?

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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