I’m Sara Edlington. An eLearning course writer who brings an unusual combination of skills and experience to your project.
My career has included training to be an instructor, writing for top trade publications and newspapers, teaching people how to use tech, and writing books.
Learning to teach
Before I became an eLearning course writer, I started my career training to teach adults and children how to ride horses. As a result, this allowed me to develop several valuable skills
Firstly, I understand how to plan a lesson. Secondly, I know how to teach different abilities, and ages. Thirdly, I understand how to adapt to different learning styles. After I left the equestrian industry, I started writing for magazines.
From teaching to reporting
My first few articles were on equestrian topics. However, I then moved onto writing about technology topics for businesses and consumers. And the skills reporters need to do their job are also valuable for eLearning.
For example, often I would need to get up-to-speed quickly on a topic to be able to interview experts. And I learned how to make complex topics interesting and engaging.
Added to this, reporters have to sift through tons of information and data to find the essential ‘need-to-knows’ for their readers. That’s not all.
Another key skill is interviewing, something you do on an almost daily basis as a reporter. So, I have strong interviewing skills – handy when dealing with SMEs. Added to this, reporting taught me how to write a good story about a topic.
A story can be found in every subject
As a result of that, I believe that no matter what the subject, there’s a story in it that gets the information across to the reader, or learner, in an interesting way. Here’s an eLearning course example.
I was asked to write a storyboard for a malware software course. The learner is introduced to Tom, who has accidentally infected three of his work devices with malware. As a result, he needs to diagnose and treat all three devices.
So, the course follows Tom as he, firstly, learns about three different types of malware. Secondly, he diagnoses the malware that is on each of the devices. And thirdly, he learns how to remove it.
From magazines to teaching and being an eLearning course writer
My work as a tech reporter meant I was often asked to help people with their IT and computer problems. So, I started teaching people, one-to-one how to use different types of tech. Because of this work, I found my way to eLearning content writing.
eLearning content writing
I’d written several short courses to teach people how to use a piece of software or how to secure their network. As a result, I discovered eLearning and decided to train to be an eLearning content writer.
I now work in the learning and development and talent development fields, providing course writing, scripts, and storyboard writing services to technology companies.
You can see projects I’ve completed here: Portfolio
I write scripts and storyboards, more details here: eLearning course content writer
Ready for an engaging and effective course? Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org