Last week at the Professors of Instructional Design & Technology (PIDT) meeting in Virginia, one of the sessions turned toward a conversation that was very similar to one I had at the American Educational Research Association last year in 2010. These are folks and their blogs who speak about instructional design regularly as community support and/or practitioners. So, I thought I would share some of the people and links to shared back then with folks.
Tom Kuhlmann at Articulate
Tom works for Articulate in their user community division. He spends a lot of time writing posts about graphic, visual, and message design, particularly using Powerpoint (because Articulate is a plug-in to Powerpoint). But he also writes some ridiculously practical posts on instructional design. Some of my favorite posts are:
- Build Branched E-Learning Scenarios in Three Simple Steps
- 7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios
- Are Your E-Learning Courses Pushed or Pulled?
Cammy Bean & Kineo
Cammy Bean works at Kineo, a firm focused on design and development. Cammy is the VP of Learning Design and writes posts at her own blog. In fact, the last post on Cammy’s blog is an interview with Tom Kuhlmann. Small world. Kineo, however, writes short elearning tips. These gems are gold. I sometimes disagree with their interpretations of some theories, but the posts are valuable. Ones from Kineo and Cammy that I particularely like are:
- Tip 33: A Shot of Theory – Keller’s ARCS Model
- Tip 20: Six Steps to Effective Tutorials
- New Skills for Instructional Designers
The Learning Circuits Blog & Tony Karrer
Every month The Learning Circuits Blog hosted by Tony Karrer, CEO/CTO of TechEmpower, presents a “BIG Question” to the elearning community. Practitioners, academics, and consultants alike offer up their interpretations and responses to the “BIG Question. I’ve used the “BIG Question” in my own classes for students to consider their responses in comparison to others in the field. Some of the most interesting and favorite questions of mine:
- Predictions and Plans for 2010
- Presenting the Value of Social Media for Learning
- Working with Subject Matter Experts
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I thought I might insert a few of my students and my own posts that really garnered some interest and interesting view points as well.
Let me know if you follow any of these folks and whether there are others you would add to my list.