I’d like to share the following resources and blogs:
Cathy Moore includes real information and advice that an instructional designer can use. For example, she discusses the pros and cons of narration. She also has a link to a tweet site where a new tip for instructional designers is posted daily. Some of tips include questions you should ask a SME (subject matter expert) and writing effective scenarios. Her most recent blog is quite timely to our current topic of discussion – learning styles and their impact on instructional design.
Moore shares her expertise garnered from writing marketing copy to make eLearning more engaging. She also offers seminars and webinars on creating eLearning with specific goals.
I find this information useful because I have encountered many of the situations she discusses, and I find her real life take and guidance on these issues concise and ready to use. I would like to attend one of her webinars, especially the one about the ELearning Blueprint. This webinar covers how to create “action-packed” (Moore, C.,July 2007) eLearning.
This site is a collaborative endeavor to assemble and disperse eLearning information. A visitor to eLearninglearning.com can immerse themselves in a myriad of content about such things as Flash, Wikis, and technology. Opinions of eLearning gurus like Brandon Hall and Masie are also available. One can also participate by contributing to the blog, or even suggesting a good webinar or helpful content on the Web. The material is laid out much like a mind map, where “topic hubs” (ELearninglearning.com) are spring boards for content. I have not finished reviewing all the blog topics, but I hope to weigh in on at least one of them soon.
This site is interesting to me because it focuses heavily on eLearning, which now seems intertwined with instructional design. I like that links to instructional design organizations, such as The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), are provided. These links open a whole new world of contemporary information to expose the current situation and trends of this profession. To be honest, staying current is important to me because this is something employers look for in potential candidates.
I also enjoyed the link to Arizona, where I live. Following this link provides the reader with articles relevant to Arizona, such as an interview with a professor from Arizona State University. Again, I appreciate this type information because it helps me stay relevant locally as an instructional designer.
Rapid eLearning is a way to enhance content using common tools, such as PowerPoint, and without having programming skills. This site, by Tom Kuhlmann, is a great “cheat sheet” for all sorts of techniques such as making color choices for a PowerPoint presentation. Other resources available are managing eLearning projects, audio and video tips, and even building eLearning scenarios. Of course, implementation of rapid eLearning is also covered.
I like the content presented here because it is simple and useful. With the advent of services like YouTube, rapid eLearning has found a ready home. For example, we were given a link to a Common Craft video hosted on Youtube. This is a perfect example of how instructional design progressively adapts to the media where it is made available.
I also like the clean layout of this site. Some of the blog sites I visited were chock full of information; however, the navigation was not intuitive so that information was hard to access. Ensuring that a student can get to material is a key factor of instructional design, so I appreciated that this site had such insightful navigation.