Sunday, May 8, 2011

getting started ...

Henry Ford was a smart man. He revolutionized transportation and American industry. And he provided one of my favorite quotes, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." This quote is instrumental in my life and is the basis for this blog. As I delve into the world of Instructional Design and eLearning, I engage myself as a learner. As a learner, I find great value in learning from others: their perspective, their phrasing, their positioning. Blogs are a unique tool to engage with others in this field. In my initial research, I have found a wide variety of resources. Here are some of my favorites:

The Rapid eLearning Blog -

Tom welcomes you to his site with the tag "practical, real-world tips for e-learning success!" and he delivers. With a laid-back voice, Tom delivers quick tips and links to resources. Recent posts include tips on how to find images that reflect what you are saying, links to free PowerPoint templates, managing all those free fonts you have accumulated, and time-saving tips. Posting about once a week, Tom provides tips and links you can (and will) use instantly.

Big Dog, Little Dog -

This blog provides thoughts on instructional design and performance. Covering topics like informal and social learning and specific topics like Donald Kirkpatrick's Four Level Evaluation Model, this blog is much more detailed and extensive than the Rapid eLearning Blog. Big Dog, Little Dog is more intellectual while remaining easily applicable thanks to many graphs, charts, and illustrations.

Posting at least once a month (more frequently some months), I found this blog a great introduction to the world of instructional design blogs. Well designed and written, posts like "Instructional Design for Beginners - What Motivates People to Learn?" "Microlearning - A Paradigm Shift In The Way We Learn" and "The Ten Commandments of eLearning" were easy to navigate as well as informational.

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