Claire Dodin, Rajiv Hasan, and me-Stefania
Went to the Actor’s Expo ’08 yesterday and I was very happy to hook up with two of my Voiceover Universe cyber-pals – Claire Dodin and Rajiv Hasan. It was brilliant to walk around and explore the different exhibits, while spending the afternoon exchanging tips, hints and views on the voiceover biz.
Received a very interesting article in my email the other day from the Edge Studio about increased voiceover possibilities in e-learning arena. Yayyyyy! That’s good news… Here’s the article:
WHAT IS ELEARNING?
Electronic learning (or eLearning or eLearning) is a type of education where the medium of instruction is computer technology – very often employing voice over.
WHY ELEARNING IS BIG… AND WHY IT WILL GET BIGGER
Based on research from the Gartner Group, the University of Pennsylvania, and other prestigious think tanks, we can identify ten vital trends that will influence the growth of eLearning over the next ten years.
1. Application Service Providers are offering quick start options. Governments, businesses, and learning institutions that don’t want to reinvent the wheel can lease or purchase eLearning systems. Even organizations on low budgets can implement open source eLearning platforms in a matter of hours.
2. As more organizations deploy departmental or business-wide intranets to increase communication and productivity, savvy managers use the same tools to release eLearning programs. Not only does this emphasis on learning encourage workers to participate in more training, the modular nature of eLearning content allows employees to learn at their desks in smaller chunks.
3. With job descriptions and daily tasks evolving, many employers rely on constant, on-the-job training to remain competitive. ELearning programs help businesses push new skills and critical improvements to staff members quickly and efficiently, without the lag time of classroom or retreat-based training.
4. By developing classrooms without walls, eLearning programs can reduce the costs of participation without negatively affecting the compensation for presenters.
5. ELearning levels professional playing field around the world. Workers in niche industries once had to travel to specialized learning centers to discover the best practices in their field. Today, eLearning connects those in rural communities to urban experts, and vice versa. We are only starting to see the effects that quality education is having on business and industry in developing countries. Likewise, small businesses can access the same caliber of high-level information and insight that was once only available to Fortune 500 businesses with large human resources budgets.
6. Gamers bring interactive skills to eLearning. Human beings love to learn through experience. Many eLearning providers have discovered that they can use video game technology to develop fun, engaging, effective simulations. Fun eLearning programs help boost staff morale while reducing the time it takes for team members to integrate new skills and ideas.
7. Governments deploy eLearning at all levels. In addition to the obvious business uses for eLearning, governments around the world have discovered that eLearning programs can dramatically improve the quality of life for citizens while reducing the financial burden on taxpayers. Local schools in underserved rural areas or dangerous urban neighborhoods can rely on eLearning to offset the lack of skilled teachers in their districts. State university systems can keep talented students from crossing borders by importing highly specialized programs from other schools. Governments in developing countries have invested heavily in eLearning programs to build eager, talented, work forces.
8. Strong eLearning programs allow team members at collaborating businesses to understand shared objectives. Workers can quickly learn about the inner workings of technologies and techniques.
9. Today’s wireless technology allows educators and development specialists to reach even further into rural areas, farms, deserts, and rainforests. With radio, satellite, and Wi-Fi signals beaming two-way information from distant locales, people can participate in an almost endless array of learning opportunities.
What are your experiences and views on the e-learning marketplace?
One of my friends recently completed her curriculum to become an osteopath. She accomplished her goal with a lot of hard work, encouragement and dedication to her goal. Yayyy Sue! Here’s a lovely piccie of Sue (on the left) and her sister.
Here’s a favourite quote of mine from the wonderful voice actor Rodney Saulsberry’s book, Step Up to the Mic – A Positive Approach to Succeeding in Voice-Overs.
“When you believe you have the power to create monetary success, physical health, joy and persisting peace, you will experience a sense of victory that powers you through the everyday obstacles in the voice-over industry.”