Walden University Course 6115 Learning Theories Instruction Week One – Application: The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities


As part of our experiences for this course, we are to become familiar with Blogging and related RSS feeds for the Instructional Design Industry.

In this experience, we are to create a permanent learning environment through RSS readings to assist us in the future.  This is to help stay current of what’s new in the industry by current blogged information.

Here are examples of interesting blogs discovered during this weeks review of blogs.

Becoming an Instructional Designer (ID)

I found this blog  informing on growth potentials and areas to consider on your approach for ID learning and job searching. Recommendation on creating a portfolio of projects already completed.
Finding a position to consider you should decide: design or development, or both? What do I want to do? The blog introduces points of consideration that I have not yet experienced or contemplated.

It also introduced other references to  consider and learn the language: “I’d recommend that you also do some independent reading to get the vocabulary and basic theoretical background that’s expected of IDs. Cammy Bean lists a lot of recommended books and sites that traditional IDs use. I got the most help from Michael Allen’s Guide to E-Learning, Ruth Clark’s research-based books, David Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction, the research-into-practice info from Will Thalheimer’s site.” Manudalearner.” (manudelearner)
I’m not sure this will be a site in the future I will reference, but it is an interesting read and introduces information I had not yet considered.

5 Ways to Inject Magic into Digital Learning

This was a short blog on how to keep your audience engaged.  Hopefully a useful tool for future use.
1. Have great visuals, don’t be afraid to share great graphics.
2. Be playful, there is nothing wrong with a bit of fun while learning. Fun is memorable.
3. Encourage participation, this might be through networks, wikis, and peer support or through asking questions or contributing ideas.
4. Mix up the learning, from high impact voice to a subtle hush. Try not to be a monotone speaker, make your voice interesting to your audience.
5. Include a wow factor. Be creative in design, build testing the audience into the presentation, and solicit their feedback.
These learning techniques need reinforcement to a new learner so we become proficient in our designs. I see that blogs are experiences suggestions or road maps to creating a better product.
Many bloggers are experience designers and are sharing their learned mistakes to us, on how to prepare a more professional presentation.



Instructional Designer S

I found this site very helpful in obtaining multiple feeds to industry related blogs and information. It is an RSS feed to an eLearning website. It will be a useful site, with multiple topics,  from many contributors. It advertises itself as: “The Leading Source on All Things eLearning”. I selected it and added it to my reading list feeder.

Gary Jechorek


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