Tech writers often work closely with e-learning developers. Yes, it’s true that tech writers can (and should) be able to make their own short online tutorials, or make a quick video to show how an app works. However, there are definitely times when a polished, planned tutorial or similar item must be developed – and by an e-learning specialist.
While related to tech writing to some degree, e-learning is an entirely different field of study with its own rules and methodologies. It’s a different career path. There are different tools used and different expertise to draw upon. Personally, I’m glad to know that option is available. I know that, if needed, I can toss something over the wall to an e-learning specialist and obtain a well-designed, well-planned tutorial or item that meets e-learning industry guidelines. The users definitely benefit.
As it happens, there are many changes occurring in the e-learning industry as well. Our new contributor, Jill Freeman, is going to address that periodically. She is an experienced e-learning professional. In her first post, she discusses the difference between rapid development and traditional development. This is a topic of great interest and debate in the e-learning field, and is, in my opinion, important to tech writers. We need to know what’s happening in the e-learning field.
Take a few minutes and read Jill’s post: