Yesterday wasn't the first time that I was asked how my passion for education could be combined with media design and social network development. Many people don't automatically make the connection between education and everything else. Those with great abilities to teach are normally thought of as standing in a classroom in front of children or young adults. Choosing to apply education to this new field of mobile networking and social connectivity seems so natural to me. Our lives are now so connected, so collaborative, that every moment can be filled with sharing new information, critical skills, product development ideas, and design processes. How is education NOT connected to everything else?
When we were taught how to read and write, to think critically, and to successfully and creatively navigate our way through the world, we hardly gave a second thought to those processes once we left school. Naturally, we go on to lead lives full of further education but don't necessarily call it as such. We become designers, filmmakers, writers, artists, managers, and building developers and we leave the teaching up to the teachers. Think on this however, when explaining a new concept to an important client, wouldn't it be better to present information in a way that not only informs, but educates and inspires? Wouldn't having knowledge of learning processes and theories really step up your game in the corporate world? Imagine connecting with your clients and consumers in a way that would engage them and providing a platform from which they become invested in you. Suddenly you've moved beyond collaboration and into building a solid community.
Be aware of the skills that professional educators bring to the corporate world, whether it's SCORM compliant instructional design, social network strategic planning, or presentation creation, this is what we can do. What education media design is about: connecting your ideas with the world in ways that are based on the most modern of learning theories. I can help you share, create, build, and grow, by tapping into multiple intelligences.
Here's how an education media designer can work for you:
Create modern presentations capturing your clients on a variety of levels: visual, audible, tactile, spacial, etc.
Develop strategies in which to engage your audience through modern media and social networking techniques. Knowing which will work with the varied abilities of differing demographics of users.
Content creation that is engaging, clear, on-point, professional, and entertaining. (Don't forget, teachers typically love to inspire, engage, encourage, and empower.)
Open-minded project development and direction. Knowing how to drive the creative process from inception to fruition is a great skill. Imagine having someone on your team who can do that forwards and backwards. It's not easy taking an end product back to it's roots.
Flexibility is the key to creation. As a teacher I have come up with what I thought was the greatest lesson plan of all time, only to be met with blank stares. I have written press releases, created webpages, and developed online shopping carts that were rejected, deleted, or failed to work. One should always have a back up plan. Always be light on your feet. Always be prepared for the message to be changed, tweaked, reversed, or scratched all together. Bounce like Silly-Putty. Being rigid puts everyone at risk.
Patience is a virtue, but knowing when to take action is just as valuable. Years of applying this skill have become second nature to many education media designers.
Contact me for more info on how an education media designer can help you with your blog, video production, website design, social media campaign, or in-house training.