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/…/instructional–design-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.