Recommended Instructional Design Blogs

For an assignment in my learning theory course, I was asked to recommend at least three blogs I feel will be relevant to my work as an instructional design professional. This wasn’t necessarily an easy task as blogging is quite popular among members of the instructional design community. In fact, there are so many blogs on the subject it could take weeks to do a thorough job sorting through them all.  It’s not really the large number that makes it difficult, but rather the large amount of useful information they contain.  I found myself spending a lot of time reading and finally had to pick some and leave the others for another time. The following three blogs are the ones I selected:

  1. Lessons on Learning Blog. This blog is hosted by the learning design company Bottom-Line Performance (BLP). BLP has been creating custom learning solutions since 1995 for corporate, government, non-profit, and industry customers. Initially, I didn’t want to select a blog from a commercial entity but was impressed by BLPs mission statement – ‘We don’t train people. We create solutions that engage people and motivate them to learn.’ I also liked their philosophy of giving back to their local and global community. In line with that philosophy, they share their knowledge with the learning community via their blog. The blog posts are high quality and backed up by their experiences and research in the learning field.
  2. Experiencing Elearning. I chose this blog because it is written by a freelance Instructional Design Practitioner, Christy Tucker. Since someday I might want to venture out into freelance work, I think it will be useful to read posts from someone with that perspective. I also like Christy’s interest in using storytelling to make learning more engaging. Her posts are well-written and fairly regular, ranging from one to four posts per month.
  3. Will at Work Learning Blog. The blog author, Will Thalheimer is described on his Typepad profile as “a learning expert, researcher, instructional designer, business strategist, speaker, and writer. Dr. Thalheimer has worked in the learning-and-performance field since 1985. Will holds a BA from the Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Drexel University, and a PhD in Educational Psychology: Human Learning and Cognition from Columbia University.” I think this description says it all. I look forward to learning from Will Thalheimer’s breadth of expertise in the field of instructional design.

I’m also including two runner-ups on my inaugural list – eLearning Learning and  the Social Learning Blog. The first one, eLearning Learning is a blog from Training Magazine Network that compiles posts from blogs within the elearning industry.  I have subscribed to its feeds for a few years and just wish I had more time to read all of the interesting articles on it. The Social Learning Blog  covers subjects such as social learning, technical writing, and change management. Contributors include experienced instructional designers and trainers as well as company leadership. This blog is also hosted by a commercial company but I found their focus on organizational change management interesting so decided to follow it for a while to find out if I found their posts useful or not.

2 thoughts on “Recommended Instructional Design Blogs

  1. I found the Lessons on Learning Blog very useful. I enjoyed the different categories and the tags to quickly find information. I found the blog entries timely and knowledgeable regarding the subject matter. I found the category on Emerging Technologies very informative and a excellent resource for me to keep in touch with. This information on this blog will help me with my current position in refining classroom interactions, and will assist me to build future courses that are interactive and appeal to the different learning theories to achieve the highest level of retention of new knowledge. I liked the distinction between the different categories and numerous tags, this made it simple to hone in on information I was interested in and filtered out related information. Each blog post had links that I could follow to find additional information on a specific subject. I found myself following some of these links extensively. I appreciate you finding and posting this link. I have subscribed to this blog and look forward to reading additional information from this site.

  2. I too enjoyed the Lessons on Learning Blog. I found the content regarding e-learning extensive. There are specific categories by which to search for information as well as tags on information that is either the blogs own content, or links to other content. This makes it easy to find information from a variety of sources quickly. The information in each blog post has links to other information. It was easy to find myself spending long periods of time working through each link as I kept finding information that I felt was relevant and would help me in my current position and in my future. I enjoyed the category on “Emerging Technology”, this was beneficial to keep me informed of new technological advances and how these advances may be linked to the learning process. There are white papers and free downloads of checklists by which to evaluate training and make smarter decisions regarding training materials. I found this a very useful site. Thank you for finding it.

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