The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities

The advancement of technology has paved the way for instructional designers to use a variety of learning and instructional technology tools available on the Web. The host of networking platforms like Blogs and Wikis allow instructional designers to engage and collaboration with other professionals in the field. Engaged in online blogging, professionals in the field can share experiences, share resources, and discuss issues related to instructional design. According to Ferriter (2009), although reading blogs is the best way to start incorporating 21st-century tools into your plan for professional learning, writing your own blog about instruction can be equally powerful. As a new blogger, I have found three blog sites that are relevant to the field of instructional design and training for anyone interested in learning about the field or other professionals ready to engage in a blog forum.

ASTD

Photo Credit: ASTD

ASTD provides a wide range of information and resources for educators, instructional designers, and learners geared to improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Instructional designers can collaborate with other professionals through blogs, workshops, or in virtual communities. This site has relevant information related to instructional designers. ASTD provides a networking outlet for training professionals on a global scale. As an instructional designer this site provides me with the right resources to improve my knowledge, skills, and abilities to better serve my company and customers in developing learning solutions.

Big Dog, Little Dog

Photo Credit: Big Dog, Little Dog

Big Dog, Little Dog provides a wide range of information on leadership and training. The site provides a blog space for professionals to collaborate and share experiences and resources on leadership, training, and learning theories. Professionals can share resources and discuss issues related to instructional design or other training solutions. I enjoyed reading the post on “The Six Deadly Sins of Training,” which outlined failures that impact positive training. As an instructional designer this site provides me with a wide variety of resources that I can apply in my education and in my work environment.

UPSIDE Learning

Photo Credit: UPSIDE Learning

UPSIDE Learning is a leading provider of learning technology solutions. The company provides a host of innovative learning solutions for educators, instructional designers, and learners. Their blog site offers a wide range of information from eLearning, learning management, and mobile learning relevant to instructional designers and educators at all levels. The Instructional Design blog post offers a wealth of information and resources for instructional designers to collaborate and engage in from learning design philosophies to what motivates people to learn. As an instructional designer this site provides me with the right resources to apply to my professional field to better serve my customers in developing learning solutions.

Reference:

Ferriter, B. (2009). Learning with blogs and wikis. Educational Leadership, 66(5), 34–38.

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