I am an IT trainer employed in the mining and construction industry. My primary focus is on instructing students on our Company’s ERP system. People usually laugh when I tell them what I do for a living. This is probably because I have a personality. I do however relate to my students in a way that a traditional IT professional typically cannot. My thoughts are “If I can’t begin to understand it, how can I expect my students to?”. With technology growing so rapidly, most corporations are faced with technology issues and my company is no exception. How do we keep up with the times and use technology effectively to run our business without running into security concerns or productivity issues. On that note, we have to begin to educate our employees on the proper use of social media and technology in the work place to improve efficiency while maintaining the system integrity. As an IT educator, I am responsible for educating students coast to coast across Canada as well as our Mongolia location. How does a small training group possibly be in that many places at once to provide quality training? The answer…. Technology. We need to use effective online courses, online learning management systems, assessments and social media tools to provide quality education to all corners of our company. Throughout the course of the next 8 weeks, I hope to touch on the pro’s and con’s of educating using technology. What will work? What will not? What is the most value added?
I leave you with a quote that I found online on a site called Teach Bytes http://teachbytes.com/2012/03/01/10-educational-technology-quotes/ I think this one is my favorite as it demonstrates the need to embrace technology in order to grow in today’s world.
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick
Till next time,