Today I am launching my blog and website into that sphere of 60 million, so I set out to add interesting Instructional Design and Technology blogs to my reader and link them in my blog. I instantly found myself on a linking highway to tons of blogs; so many that I found it hard to narrow down a list to only a few. I used google, as a start, to locate many of them. I found that some instructional designers have pages within their blogs with consolidated lists of recommended blogs. I started reviewing, checking other blogs current instructional design bloggers recommended and before I knew it, hours had gone by and I was lost in the Blogosphere.
My interests are in the technology aspect of Instructional design, interactive game based and virtual learning, and corporate adult education. Some bloggers stated exactly what the intent of their blogs were, others did not. Those unspecified blogs seemed to be a mish-mash of all types of instructional design topics. Luckily, I stumbled upon the EduBlogAwards page. This helped me gain my bearings somewhat as I could see what categories of Instructional Design blogs were out there, and thus allowed me to select a few blogs closer to what my interests were.
The Learning Zealot
Thoughts on ID,Social Learning, Androgogy, & elearning
Mark Britz-Syracuse New York
Performance Specialist, Social & Informal learning aficionado, eLearning Designer
Immediately I noted that Mark Britz's blog was down to earth, real and, that he liked to use metaphors. Metaphors and analogies are hard for me to resist, when I write, so I immediately connected with his posts. Once a history teacher, now a Manager of Learning Solutions with a company in New York, Mark has a lot of experience and knowledge to draw upon which should help me in getting my feet wet.
My favorite recent post of his is the microwave as a metaphor for Organizational Learning.
The Useable Learning Blog
Julie Dirkson authors this blog and she is an independent consultant in Instructional Design and e-Learning in Minneapolis MN. She teaches part time at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Julie writes a lot about educational game design and gamification in her blog, which I find extremely interesting, and she even does instructional design web comics. She also, graciously, shares her presentations and other work with her followers. She has a perfect mix of topics that pique my personal interest and others that provide insight into the working world in a fun and quirky way. Check out Julie's latest ID web comic.
Ideas for lively e-learning
This blog is piloted by Cathy Moore, an independent expert with more than 25 years experience in using technology to help people learn. She also helps people strengthen their instructional design skills and designs\writes elearning for businesses. She is practical in her approach to her blog entries, no-nonsense, and can speak to real world experiences. She, in part, is what I want to be when I grow up. Her blog is organized, easy to follow and extremely informative. She has way too many amazing blog posts to recommend just one.
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