Swimming in the Ocean of ID Information

As I gear up to work on this week’s assignment to search and explore various blogs and resource sites relevant to the field of instructional design and training, I am thrilled to see an ocean of knowledge out there. It is a very practical way to gain practice working on a blog and use it as a networking and learning tool.

Recently, when I started thinking about taking a course on instructional designing, I stumbled upon this beautiful blog- http://theelearningcoach.com/ by Connie Malamed, an eLearning, information and visual designer. The content is well organized. There are immensely useful articles under Cognition and Media headings. One such is 10 Ways To Design For Emotions.  I’m sure we’ll all love to refer to it and get tips on working to create a learning program in future. There are good resources: story board depot, stock photo sites, eLearning items that educate and simplify work, online learning demos and glossary, image editing tools and icon collections. Interestingly it also has some reviews on books, hard ware and software.

I also liked http://www.iddblog.org/ a service of the IDD department at Depaul University. There are many contributors and writing on various topics. Some are directly relevant to our course. I loved the information about the length of the post and reading time! For a busy mom like me, who’s trying to juggle work, family and studying a totally new subject, this information is VERY helpful to quickly browse through useful links.

Then, there is http://ideas.blogs.com/ by Ferdinand Krauss, an instructional designer with an extensive background in distance education. It’s a blog with insights and reflections on eLearning strategies by this dynamic designer. There are resourceful articles which will definitely guide us through this course. This particular one, IDEAS: Instructional Design for Elearning ApproacheS talks about Constructivist training for online teachers. I’m sure we all agree that, in order to effectively teach online, instructors should experience it from a student’s perspective which the author talks about.

Another blog about innovation, design, development and trends in the learning solutions domain that caught my interest is http://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/ by various contributors. There is a vast collection of design and development topics, including, e-learning, e-learning development, future learning, future technology, learning design, learning technology, game based learning, and work place learning. I liked how the Categories section has clear, well defined topics; it helps in narrowing down the search. There are downloadable white papers as well.

I must admit that at this point, I’m also overwhelmed by this ocean of information. I hope as I go along the course, it gets better and I make more sense out of all the information!

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5 Comments

  1. emc said,

    July 7, 2010 at 00:11

    Hi Sreemala,
    I am in your class at Walden and this week we have to respond to a classmate’s blog. I think the information on the Depaul site about the length of a post and its reading time is very helpful too. I wanted to know if you happened to see if there was anywhere on the site that showed how to add this to our blogs. Thanks 😉

    • sreemala said,

      July 7, 2010 at 02:15

      Thanks for your comment.
      If you click on Entries RSS, you’ll be able to add this t your blog. Please try and let me know if that works!

  2. chamila said,

    July 8, 2010 at 10:26

    Hi Mala,
    I’m in your class and can you please tell me how to add entries rss to your blog page?

  3. Teresa Pelkie said,

    July 8, 2010 at 23:43

    Hi Sreemala,

    My name is Teresa Pelkie and I am in your Walden class. I agree that there is just too much information available on the Web today. I visited the blog at upsidelearning.com. There was a post about a seminar with a link to the slide presentations, powered by “SlidePilot”. It appears to be an application for presenting PowerPoint for mobile devices. Looks interesting!! Here’s the link – http://www.ativsoftware.com/products/slidepilot/index.html

  4. sreemala said,

    July 10, 2010 at 13:02

    Thanks Teresa!
    I tried looking at the link you’ve sent, it takes me to itunes store!

    Chamila,
    We talked about it thru private email on the issue you wanted to know. Hope you’ve figured it by now.


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