As an adult educator I believe in continuous learning, so I myself plan to continually learn throughout my career. There is always something new I can learn or a skill I can upgrade. Currently I consider myself to be a learning and development professional, with knowledge and expertise in adult education theory. I act as a subject matter expert in the filed of training and education, providing guidance on what is needed for learning to occur. I am currently focused on face-to-face instruction, due to the nature of my role. However, as the demand for training grows I am looking at ways to make training delivery more scalable.
I see my future in adult education to be in the use of technology to enhance the learning experience. I am particularly interested in launching elearning at my current work and continuing to build my elearning portfolio. The eLearning coach offers a series of eCourses on instructional design, which I plan to review after completing my instructors diploma latter this year. http://breakingintoid.com/
The eLearning coach also has some great resources on the website http://theelearningcoach.com/
I read articles from tips and tricks on authoring tools and how to story board for elearning.
Another great resource I use is elearning industries, which has a vast amount of information on their website. Articles are regularly posted on trends in elearning. I visit the site quite often to keep my knowledge up to date.
Working with other professionals is also a key part of my development plan. Working as a team to upgrade our skills and determine what we need for the future. I enjoy learning from others and teaching others in exchange. I have a degree and will soon finish my diploma, but a big part of my development plan is informal learning. While I do plan to gain my elearning certificate through Vancouver Community College, I plan to up keep my skills by reading article from the websites I have identified and making connections with other professionals to see what they are up to. As an example I have put together a session with people from work to discuss what skills everyone has and what everyone on the team wants to learn. We can then build out a development plan for the team and have individuals lead sessions based on their own strengths.