Blog on instructional design

This is my very first blog so I am excited, nervous and unsure if I am doing this correctly. My task was to sign up for a blog account in my graduate class and research instructional design blogs for useful information.  In my quest, I have found several articles and blogs that were very interesting to me.

One of the first blogs I found was at http://theelearningcoach.com/getting_started/10-qualities-of-the-ideal-instructional-designer/. This blog was asking the question of whether or not instructional designers needed to have a degree.  This blog had some very interesting research. It appears that a majority of instructional designers do not have an instructional design degree.  According to the ongoing survey, only about 38% of online instructors have a graduate degree in instructional design. I found that very interesting.  The blog goes on to list the pros and the cons of having or not having a graduate degree in instructional design . This particular blog also has a top 10 list of qualities the successful instructional designer should possess which is very helpful if your plan is to participate in elearning. Other articles can be referenced from this blog for more information.

The second blog was at improvinginstructionaldesign.blogspot.com.  This blog was set up to give tips on how to improve an instructional design.  This blog provided step by step instructions on how to select software for instructional needs.  There were many references about learning theories, motivation and metacognition and reflection.  I did not see any post to this blog as of yet.  I see this blog as being very useful to a beginner who may need some ideas about choosing software and enhancing intruction. This blog was designed more as a checklist with quick reference materials which is an excellent resource for the beginning designer.

The last blog was christytucker.wordpress.com//instructionaldesign-skills.  This is a fairly active blog about about how to become an instructionl designer.  This was actually the third post of a series. The blog is geared toward the person who has no idea where to start concerning instructional designing.  She makes suggestions of where to start if you are considering designing your instruction.  There are a vast amount of resources and other blogs to reference. I would recommend this blog to anyone who does not have a degree in instructional design as it has all needed references and support.

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3 Responses to Blog on instructional design

  1. Greetings, graduate student. I write The eLearning Coach blogazine and just wanted to clarify one of your statements. Perhaps this was a typo, but you stated that, “According to the ongoing survey, only about 38% of ONLINE INSTRUCTORS have a graduate degree in Instructional Design.” The actual wording is this, “38% of INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNERS have a degree in Instructional Design.” Anyway, I think you did a good job on your first post and I hope you learn to love blogging! I’ll be sure to come back and visit.
    Best regards,
    Connie

  2. Elena Castricone says:

    After reading your review of the the e learning coach, I decided to check it out to see what else this blog had to offer. I was suprised by how extensive the topics were on this blog. It has information on design, elearning 2.0, cognition, media, technology trends, and reviews of books, software, and hardware. This blog is a great resource.
    I even found an article on working memory that ties into this week’s assignment on the brain and learning. 20 Facts You Must Know About Working Memory highlights information on the capacity and duration of the brain’s working memory, how working memory interacts with long term memory, the differences in individual’s working memory, and the effect of cognitive load on working memory.

  3. lb0330d1 says:

    Elena,
    Glad the resources were able to help.

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