I'm having to justify my role as part of the restructure. Currently I am an Academic Developer, but fairly soon I could be a Learning Technology Facilitator, an e-Learning advisor or just a Learning Technologist. What's the difference? Does one present more opportunity for professional development? Beetham, Jones and Gornall (2001) state that a Learning Technologist often performs a variety or roles including but not limited to:
- Educational developer
- Educational researcher into learning technologies
- Resource/materials developer
- C&IT skills professional
- Library/resources professional
- Technical support professional
- Manager (teams and projects)
- Academic innovator, and
- Technical developer/researcher
For the past two years I have strived to not be pidgeon-holed as an IT Technician but rather as a member of the academic community. If the activity of the Learning Technologist is not underpinned by sound pedagogy it rarely has the desired impact on enhancing learning. But the strict separation of IT and Learning and Teaching has always brought about a blurred boundary around 'who owns e-Learning' in the institution. I'm beginning to think that moving into the IT department might actually enable me to do my job more effectively that before.
So who am I? Technologist, Academic Developer or Facilitator? Or a combination of all three? I think its time to become a chameleon...