Nothing stays the same in our industry. Fortunately, we find working in new environments exciting. One example: When FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute employed a new learning content management system (LCMS) it revolutionized how we did business.
As the Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, I had privilege of leading our course-development team in the transition to this new system. The change in systems required a change in our design process, our work procedures, even our job functions. We created new policies, new course-design blueprints, and even wrote our own manual for working within the LCMS. (That manual was so effective, come of our competitors asked us to train their teams on the new LCMS. We did, and turned a competitor into a partner.)
We successfully completed our first two courses developed in this LCMS—on budget and ahead of schedule. Along the way, we honed our development techniques, created proprietary methods for working within the LCMS, and even identified a few system bugs and helped in their resolution.
Change is exciting. It keeps us at the forefront of our ever-changing industry. And the tactics we learn and develop lead to improvements in how we do other projects for other clients.