Lottie Wigmore, online distance learning apprentice

 23 June 2015

Lottie helps create, design and develop online courses for both institutional and international learners. She explains how her experience working with design helped secure her apprenticeship and talks about what the role involves.

"One of the most important requirements for a role in digital learning design is IT literacy"

Hometown?

I have grown up and live in Surrey and Berkshire.

What job do you do?

My job title is online distance learning apprentice. This translates into creating, designing and developing online courses that both institutional and international learners can access.

I also work with the online learning environment taking on administrative roles. 

How did you get started?

I originally applied for an apprenticeship within the HR team here at the Pirbright Institute.

I can work and earn money while learning and gaining a qualification.

However they were bringing out the e-learning apprenticeship shortly after this and suggested that this may be better suited to my skills and experience.

I had no previous experience in an office environment or working in administration. However, I did have a lot of experience working with design-based software and project-based work.

This was a good background for e-learning. I fell into it because I had these skills, rather than discovering it myself.

What qualifications do you have?

I have 12 GCSEs A-C and also three A-Level qualifications. The majority of optional subjects taken at both GCSE and A-Level were design orientated. This includes Art, Graphic Design and Photography.

What do you do for your apprenticeship?

A lot of the tasks that I do for my apprenticeship are evident in the work within my job role.

Digital learning design is a great road into this industry because you learn a wider range of skills.  

Working with the online learning environment Absorb LMS on site has been a great way to see how all staff members can be managed and undergo courses.

The role includes editing images on Adobe Photoshop, filming and editing videos on Camtasia, and putting these together into an online course using Articulate Storyline – a very good SCORM package software.

What’s the best thing about your apprenticeship?

I like the fact that I can work and earn money while learning and gaining a qualification. I can also give myself a great start within the working world by getting experience at a younger age.

There is limited availability of design apprenticeships simply because they are in high demand. This is why digital learning design is a great road into this industry because you learn a wider range of skills rather than just design-based ones.  

What’s the worst thing about your work?

I really like my job and apprenticeship, but I suppose getting work done can become challenging. But being challenged is great and you learn a lot about your personal skills, like time management.

How do you get into digital learning design?

It’s great that there is now an apprenticeship that will give you a direct route into the sector. Often others come from a teaching or an IT background. E-Learning is very versatile and it opens up a lot of doors.

Being challenged is great and you learn a lot about your personal skills.

1. You need strong IT skills

I would say one of the most important requirements for a role in digital learning design would be IT literacy, such as being able to use IT to a high standard and learn new software.

2. A knowledge of design is useful

It helps to understand basic design principles, ensuring good presentation of work.

3. Be keen to learn

Lastly, and by no means least, you must have the enthusiasm to learn. The skills I have already learnt during this apprenticeship are so valuable and will set me up for a great future career.


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