Life by Design

Life by Design

Posted on: November 4, 2009

Welcome to my blog,  Life by Design!  In this blog, I plan to offer community dialogue and resources for instructional design.  Here are three blogs I found that I believe will prove useful for an instructional designer.

(A) Instructional Design for the Workplace

Brandon Hall Research is an independent research firm that provides advice and insight on workforce development and talent management technologies, trends and issues.
Workplace Learning Today is a group effort by senior Brandon Hall Research analysts Janet Clarey, Richard Nantel, Tom Werner, and Gary Woodill to provide readers with a daily summary of news, events, commentary, and research on all aspects of workplace learning.

This is a group blog of daily news and research about all kinds of educational media for the workplace.  Some examples of ‘tags’ for this blog include:  e-learning, instructional design, mobile learning, Second Life (virtual worlds) and social media.  The articles cover a wide array of events and discoveries in the wide world of emerging technology and education.    I think it will prove valuable in providing a continual display of new techniques and comments on existing methods for education in the workplace.

(B)  Instructional Design for Graduate Online Education

This blog is written by an instructional designer, Cristy Tucker, who works for Performance Learning Systems.

This blog is  written by a designer in the field of online graduate courses for teachers.  I think it will be valuable to watch her blog as she posts the latest news she finds relevant to her field.  I think as industrial designers, we need awareness  of applications in many fields.  She has an educational sidebar with topics such as:  What does an Instructional Designer do?;   Instructional Design Skills;  Technology Skills for Instructional Designers and Getting Into Instructional Design.  Anyone of these areas provides valuable information for the new instructional designer.

(C)  Questions of Relevance for Instructional Designers

The Learning Circuits Blog is a community feature of Learning Circuits.  It is dedicated to sharing ideas and opinions about the state of learning and technology.


The main feature of the LC Blog is its Question of the Month, which hones in on a priority topic facing learning professionals.   The question posted currently is:  “Instructional Design – If – When – How Much”  The question became more elaborate in a later posting:  “For a given project, how do you determine if, when and how much an instructional designer and instructional design is needed?”  It raises other questions such as,  “What skills/knowledge do instructional designers bring to the table that is unique to our profession that other trades do not?”  This is a large community blog, where professional instructional designers from varied positions have the opportunity to sound off.  I think it will be valuable to read their posts and gain more perspective about the field.




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