WU IDT 6115 — blog post for Info on 3 blogs to reference

30 Top Online Resources For Instructional Designers To Keep Up With


ID is an interesting domain to be involved in. On the one hand, you are continuously   learning about different work environments as you are called upon to resolve different performance issues. On the other hand, your understanding of the domain, and your role in it, changes over time.

As an instructional designer, you start by learning a whole lot of theories and models. You refine your understanding of these models as you use them in different situations and projects. After a few years you realize that instructional design is more an art rather than just pure science – it is a skill honed with experience, and can’t really be narrowed down into a set of guidelines that will fit every situation. Not every qualified instructional designer is able to create great learning experiences.

This website is a Gold Mine (or is it a Gold Mind?) ok just browsing around and got “lost” but i ended up “finding” This. yahoo or woohoo!!

Don Clark: Instructional Design models


This is an excellent layout that explains the similarities and the differences of the various different design strategies. This is in a table format with links to larger views of the Images. and links at the bottom of each column to additional Information about the etc various techniques.

I posted a comment to Don Clark at:



Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions

Musings on eLearning and instructional design from Kineo’s VP of Learning Design.


This website has a lot of cool useful Information for ID


Getting Started with Instructional Design


Instructional Designers’ Tools



What Tools do Instructional Designers actually need to use?


Instructional Designer Careers



10 Best Blogs for Instructional Design



33 Best eLearning Posts Of 2013



Putting the “Design” into Instructional Design

Check out the Interactive example of the Light Switch!!!!



Matching the Right Design Strategy to the Right Content


“Learning professionals have a wide variety of technology-based tools available for the creation and delivery of instruction, but tools alone are not sufficient for creating instruction that changes behavior, influences learners, and ultimately improves organizations. The instruction must be properly designed, crafted, and presented. To truly create effective instruction, learning professionals need to match the right instructional strategy to the content being delivered, whether online or in a classroom. You cannot teach how to solve a customer billing complaint using the same strategies used to teach an employee how to log on to the corporate intranet.”


Explorable Interfaces


Interaction Design Section



Lots of various Design Ideas, by Chuck Green, cool stuff



Book Review: Design For How People Learn


“Julie Dirksen knows her stuff. As a former staffer with Allen Interactions, she’s been around the best and was obviously paying attention. Design For How People Learn is a comprehensive book that succeeds in laying out the fundamental tenets of contemporary instructional design.

This is not a college textbook, folks. It reads like an entertaining conversation with a friend who has taken you under her wing because she sincerely wants to help you become a better instructional designer. If you listen and apply what she suggests, there is no doubt but that you will become a better instructional designer too. You will create smart e-learning.”


and This is Julie Dirksens former boss, Michael Allen, free PDF download of Chptr 5



Curious about a career in instructional design and technology?

sign up for a 12 class (free) course about getting into Instructional Design

from Connie Malamed at The eLearning Coach


Top 10 List


This website has so much to offer. There are sections for: Podcasts, eLearning Design, eLearning 2.0, Cognition, Graphics Audio, Reviews, Mobile & Business. The section for eLearning Design has a section for Audience, Instructional Design, Learning Objectives, Storyboarding, Tests & User Interface. This is quite a load of Information to digest.

in the section eLearning 2.0 there are etc articles: 14 Ways to Learn in 2014
 The blog author Connie Malamed discusses the “human drive to create“, our ability to innovate on a ceaselessly never ending cycle of knowledge.

in another article in eLearning 2.0: Learning On Demand: How the Evolution of Technology is Shaping the Future of Learning

“In Learning on Demand: How the Evolution of Technology is Shaping the Future of Learning, author Reuben Tozman suggests innovative ways for us to approach the systems we should be working toward and the ways in which we support people to do their jobs. Reuben is the founder and CEO of SlideJar, a cloud-based asset management company. He is also the co-founder and former CLO of edCetra Training.”

Ruben Tozman explains,”The core thesis of the book, is that designers need to start accounting for the technologies that have fueled the growth of the web. Currently designers are using an outdated paradigm for designing, structuring and developing electronic assets that live on the web that run contrary to how the web actually ‘likes’ content. By looking at how the web became such an integral part of our lives, there are five principles of designing digital assets that we need to account for. They are: Feed the web, Help the web understand, Expose yourself, Make it viral and Communicate.”

I really like the section on Cognition. Thinking about Thinking about How we Learn. (what happened to eThink?) Cogito, ergo sum. (or is it?) Cogito ergo consume (more modern)


“So, what does it take to be an effective and innovative designer of online courses? Having been in the field for 20 years, I have managed, mentored, learned from, watched and analyzed the skills of many instructional designers. As a result, I have distilled the qualities, knowledge and skills I think the ideal instructional designer should possess or develop into a Top 10 List. This list focuses on instructional design for eLearning.”

The successful instructional designer should:

  1. Conceptually and intuitively understand how people learn.
  2. Know how to connect with an audience on an emotional level.
  3. Be capable of imagining oneself as the learner/audience member.
  4. Be obsessed with learning everything.
  5. Brainstorm creative treatments and innovative instructional strategies.
  6. Visualize instructional graphics, the user interface, interactions and the finished product.
  7. Write effective copy, instructional text, audio scripts and video scripts.
  8. Meld minds with Subject Matter Experts and team members.
  9. Know the capabilities of eLearning development tools and software.
  10. Understand related fields—usability and experience design, information design, communications and new technologies.


5 Levers Of eLearning Design



10 Things You Should Know About Design and Design Thinking



Information about IDT Industry


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