This weeks blog assignment is to find other blogs related to the field of instructional design and write a post about how I can utilize them in the future. As I went jumping off one page to another I found many very useful posts about all kind of matters related to instructional design. As I’m always looking for new ways to embed technology into my teaching methods the blogs that focused on technology related to instructional design were the ones that found most interesting. Here below I’ll outline three of them but in my Links section you can find more blogs related to technology and instructional design.
Number 1 is the Kristina Hollis blog on Teaching and Technology. Kristina explores many angles of both instructional design and technology related to e-learning. I specially enjoyed her posts about History of Instructional Design where the illustration made the post more alive and for a visual learner like myself very interesting and motivated me to read the entire post. I sometimes catch myself in the act of skipping posts that do not have interesting pictures explaining the topic – the more interesting the picture is, the more I am likely to read the article/post/news.
Number 2 is the blog of online learning insights, a Blog about Open and Online Education. The blogs article about 5 Tools and Strategies that Support Group Collaboration Online I found very enlighten and enjoyed reading about how to engage students in collaborative group work. Also the article called Dear Professor, I Really Enjoyed the Online Course But…. where the blogs author, Debbie Morrison, analyzes students responses from the end-of-course surveys that have given constructive suggestions about how the instructor might improve overall students experience of the course. Many more interesting blogs in there that are related to the field of Instructional Design.
Number 3 is the blog about 21st Century Information Fluency – Leveraging Information. The blog has not been operational for long but there are many great articles and resources that can be accessed from it. Among the articles I enjoyed the most reading were the ones about strategies for better Power Point, Animoto as a teaching tool and the post about 10 Free, Must Have Web 2.0 Tools for Your Teaching & Training Needs. The web page scoop.it seems to be very effective in spreading interesting blog posts around as when I followed one link over there I discovered a lot of other useful sources. Some of them I have bookmarked to view later and others have made my day less productive as I have been stuck reading a lot of interesting information. If this blog continues in the same way it has been doing for the past couple of months it will be very promising source for the technical aspects of the Instructional Design.