Here’s my first blog ever. I never imagine I would have a blog because I’m a very reserved person who doesn’t like or enjoy being in the spotlight, but here I am. You’re probably wondering why I’m starting a blog. Well for the last couple of months I have been contemplating expanding my career path and recently enrolled in a Master’s program in Instructional Design. Creating a blog is part of my course requirement. Starting a career in instructional design means I have to understand learning theory and cognitive science. I have found several blogs with great information about Instructional design. In this blog, I’m going to provide you with a brief overview of the type of content you can find helpful on each of the three blogs I have selected to share.
The first blog I would like to introduce is “The eLearning Coach”, this blog was created by Connie Malamed, an eLearning, information and visual designer. In her blog, you can find relevant and very useful information for those interested in an instructional design career and those working on improving their skills in the field. On her website, you will find strategies, practical content, product reviews and resources to help you design, develop and understand online learning. One of the most helpful blogs or articles is the one she talks about the “10 Qualities of the Ideal Instructional Design”. Why? In this article, she explains how instructional designers come from different background and educational fields and provides a list of 10 skills and qualities you should possess or developed to be an effective and successful instructional designer. Here’s the link so you can check it out.
The second blog is “Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions”. This blog is great for those interested in learning more about instructional design or want to get better at it. She has written great blogs explaining the role of instructional design and covers different resources available where you can learn even more. She has a great reading list title” Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit”, for an instructional designer who would like to take their learning to the next level.
The last blog and certainly not the least is a blog created by Jay Cross who has been credited with inventing “e-learning”. Jay is described as learning guru who is a pioneer in theory and practice of eLearning. This blog serves as a great resource to learn and understand why learning is important for learning and its impact on day to day activities. In one of his blog “Farmland,” he explains that people don’t appreciate learning as a skill that you can get better at. He views learning as a “passageway to success.” That’s going into unfamiliar territory is where we can grow and expand our knowledge.
The sites mentioned above would be useful as they provide great resources to use and I can gain knowledge and acquired skills to work in the instructional design field. The bloggers have many years of experience, and I can learn from their “aha” moments as we can see in “Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions” blog. I would encourage you to take a look at each of these sites if you haven’t done so and shared your thoughts.