One of the best ways to expand your knowledge of all things instructional design is to follow blogs straight from some of the top influences in the instructional design community. While there are hundreds of eLearning blogs out there (Hello, I’m glad you found me), some are definitely better than others. Besides myself of course (you can follow me on Twitter if you’d like), here are 5 instructional design blogs you should follow today!
The blog, Design4Performance, (run by “If Learning was Water”.) takes a unique approach from other instructional design blogs. Filled almost entirely with infographics and comics, this visually stunning blog takes complex ideas confronting the eLearning industry and turns them into simple, easy-to read bites. Plus, he’s does it all with a sense of humor. The only thing this fan wants is another 50 pages of content. Check out his entertaining post titled
The Technology Enhanced Learning Blog by David Hopkins tackles a wide range of different subjects from using social media in education, to QR codes, to various trends affecting the eLearning industry. Hopkins focuses primarily on instructional design in a higher education setting. His series called “What is a Learning Technologist”, helped me understand more about what a career as an Instructional designer really entails.
Julie Dirksen’s Usable Learning blog focuses primarily on the science behind learning, and how we can use that to our advantage as instructional designers. She offers a slew of great resources, and it’s fascinating to uncover all the amazing things our brain can do. Check out her latest post about how we predict risk unconsciously and how we can use that in instructional design.
2. Cathy Moore
Arguably one of the most popular Instructional Design bloggers out there today, Cat Moore is internationally recognized for her work in creating stimulating eLearning experiences. Her blog focuses almost entirely on corporate eLearni. Check out one of my favorite posts from her about making learning fun, and what that should really mean.
The eLearning Coach by Connie Malamed is also one of the most well-known blogs in the instructional design field. She gives great advice and resources for beginners and experts alike. One of the main reasons I have her listed as my #1 is her free Breaking into Instructional Design Course. In 12 lessons sent straight to your email, she demonstrates how to create an ePortfolio, the best ways to network with other instructional designers, and many more.
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