Exploring Professional Learning Communities

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Instructional Design

I am very excited to be a part of the Instructional Design and Technology master’s program at Walden University.  I plan to use the knowledge that I learn from this program to assist me in becoming an instructional designer.  My goal is to improve learning in the business environment.  My background is in IT with experience including program development, business analysis, data analysis, training, quality assurance, and testing.  I plan to use transferrable skills that I learned in IT and apply them in the field of instructional design.

Blogs with instructional design and technology, learning, and training content can serve as ongoing resources of information as I work in the instructional design field.  I have evaluated three blogs that I feel will have relevant content related to my future work as an instructional design professional.  I will provide a brief overview of the type of content that can be found on each of the three instructional design blogs.


     Link :  http://blog.cathy-moore.com/


The content in Cathy Moore’s blog is relevant to my future work as an instructional designer in the business environment.  The majority of the information that Cathy Moore writes about is related to constructivism and problem-based learning.  The site focuses on helping instructional designers change what people do to improve business performance.  Cathy Moore has a streamlined approach to instructional design utilizing action mapping.  Cathy Moore’s action mapping process helps instructional designers improve business performance, identify the best solution to the performance problem and create challenging instruction when training is necessary.  The blog also has information regarding training workshops, a job aid to help instructional designers design solutions to a performance problem, a forum for instructional designers to discuss performance improvement, information on how to become an instructional designer in the business environment, tips, a store, and other resources.

2) Big Dog, Little Dog by Donald Clark

     Link:  http://bdld.blogspot.com/


Big Dog, Little Dog by Donald Clark contains a wealth of information relating to instructional design and performance and has archives dated back to 2004.  Donald Clark’s blog contains various links to other instructional design blogs and a link to the Big Dog, Little Dog performance web site.  Donald Clark contributes information regarding instructional design methodologies, learning theories, performance, training, leadership, and a variety of other information related to the field of instructional design.  This relevant content will help me as an instructional designer.

3) The eLearning Coach for designing smarter learning experiences with Connie Malamed

     Link:  http://theelearningcoach.com/


Connie Malamed’s blog contains valuable information relating to eLearning and the field of instructional design.  Connie Malamed is an eLearning coach, who has a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology.  She shares valuable resources and strategies to help instructional designers design, develop, and understand online learning.  You can subscribe to the eLearning coach monthly newsletter via the blog site to get tips and reviews.  Connie published Instructional Design Guru, a quick reference mobile app that defines hundreds of terms related to instructional design.  Connie also created a podcast and interviews authors, experts and people who are doing interesting things that are related to the field of instructional design.  The information found on this blog, as well as the tools mentioned, can enhance my knowledge in instructional design.

  1. Hi Farida,
    Thanks for your comment. It seems like you got your hands full now but this program at Walden U. will keep you fresh & give you all the tools you need to begin creating and innovating in the instructional design field and business environment. Thanks for these 3 great references, very helpful to me as well. Best of luck to you!

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