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What topics are you an expert in?

Posted Thursday, 27 August 2009, 18:31

Now there's a good question... that is 'What is an expert?'

At what point would you call yourself or someone else an expert? Especially intriguing when we are dealing an emergent field where so much still has to be discovered. Is it an absolute or relative term for you?


I think it depends on the context and peoples perception of the person describing themselves as an expert.
I have a background in design and can draw, paint and animate, take photographs (see my flikr) and I have a lot of experience using audio, video and a range of different technology. I can also program. In this context I see myself as an expert in those areas as I have experience and offer advice in these areas as part of my job. If I can help anyone with these topics I will do this. This is not to say that I know everything and I would not consider that I am 'showing off'. However, I am also still learning. I see continuous learning as part of life and in coming to conference I think I'm adding to this. I enjoying learning.
Do these topics make me a 'technical expert'? Does this list then lead people to think I have no experience or knowledge of learning theories, research, academic practice...I think at whatever level everybody has something to contribute and that we are all learning. There are different levels of expert.

Thursday, 27 August 2009, 18:54

Hi Sandra, you raise a good point - by identifying our expertise we narrow down how people see us. So the most I am prepared to own up to is an expert time juggler, who still drops a few balls..

Friday, 28 August 2009, 15:29

Hi Sue, looking forward to catching up with you again!! I'll see if I can help you juggle!! I look forward to adding a few balls to your collection and taking some of them off you to add to my own!

Thursday, 3 September 2009, 20:04






Fully agree that it's hard to know what I consider myself an expert in ... all the things I initially think of for my profile, I instantly think of many others who're going to be at ALT-C who're in the A-stream, where I'm still in Kindergarten for that particular field.
So, I have an un-populated profile at present.

Perhaps we should fill in our friends profiles! What we consider them to be experts in.

Thursday, 3 September 2009, 15:50

Hi Emma, I'd still like to see what you're interested in.. or have some knowledge of, however brief. Your comment makes me think you think outside of the box.

Thursday, 3 September 2009, 20:01




Love Emma's idea on getting others to do this for us.

Thursday, 3 September 2009, 19:59


Good question! I keep thinking of the old saying: "An Ex is a has-been and a spurt is a drip under pressure so the combination is not too good"! Seriously, I always feel embarrassed describing myself as an expert but I have put some words in the box anyway

Friday, 4 September 2009, 16:02


I always feel I have to say I'm an expert if it relates to my job description (because that's what I'm paid for!)BUT I don't feel like one and agree with Emma that I frequently feel I'm in the kindergarten. We are all trying to be experts in searching for answers aren't we?
The fast pace of change in out field means that we all return to being novices on a regular basis - or should if we are searching for those answers.

Friday, 4 September 2009, 18:20

I agree with your comment on this. The more change there is and the more forms of technology are added to our field the more difficult it is to be an expert in anything.

Friday, 4 September 2009, 18:25