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There is a rebirth of craftspeople in eLearning – they are the new eLearning Do-It-Yourselfers.

They are designers, developers, subject matter experts, project leaders, champions and other participants in technology-assisted forms of learning.

The rebirth of craft is about a new pride in what our minds and hands can do. It is like molding a clay sculpture, where we have to get our hands dirty. We work with the clay and painstakingly create a work of art. Similarly, the new eLearning Do-It-Yourselfers try to do the same with digital technologies. They work at their craft.

Learning professionals, trainers, teachers, educators and even parents have not had this opportunity in the past. Although we had the tools of the time, those did not compare in scope to what today’s digital technologies provide. Today, the doors are wide open to new adventures and discoveries for us to use to help our learners.

With the new tools come a new set of principles, practices and meanings.

This book is dedicated to Do-It-Yourselfers. It is about key principles and practices that help the Do-It-Yourselfers to focus on what matters in eLearning design, development and implementation.

The tips are based on my experience in working with numerous projects and coaching Do-It-Yourselfers. I discovered that if I make sure to focus on a few key principles, I am able to get the desired results. I hope they will work for you – and I tip my hat to you, the Do-It-Yourselfers!

(This is a series of post from my book “Do-It-Yourself eLearning 2009).

Ray Jimenez, PhD
“Helping Learners Learn Their Way”