There was quite a lot to learn this week about the power of blogging. I am fairly inexperienced with the activity, only using blogs occasionally when looking for additional information on a new topic. I am thrilled to know there is so much out there to learn from other individuals who are on the same track either professionally, educationally, or both. The blogs that I found most interesting related to the eLearning aspect of instructional design since that is the direction that I am looking at going in my future work adventures.
The eLearning Coach.com at http://theelearningcoach.com/ provides various articles relating to the profession of eLearning in any environment. The article “10 Ways to Occupy ELearning” at http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/10-ways-to-occupy-elearning/ defines ten things that instructional designers and trainers can do to make training more effective and produce greater results. Interestingly enough one of the ways suggested is to push back. “Will adding two more hours of extraneous content really help employees be more effective? Will this extra material clarify or confuse students?” (Malamed, 2012). As a trainer, there have been times when I have been placed into this position by being asked to create additional training courses. This article made me reflect on some of these instances. Maybe the problem did not lie on the information being given but instead on the amount of information. Clear and simple content will win out each time and will leave the audience feeling secure in their knowledge and abilities. The articles presented on this website encourage thinking outside the ordinary in order to provide productive results.
Another resource I found particularly interesting was Corporate ELearning Strategies and Development at http://elearndev.blogspot.com/. My past work experience is in the corporate training field so I enjoyed reading some of the positive and somewhat negative perceptions given to the training profession. For example, one discussion titled “14% of Employees Value Corporate Training as Essential to their Learning” states that more than 70% of employees find training in the workplace to be unimportant (Schlenker, 2012). This is an astounding number to hear for someone who feels as passionately as I do about teaching others. Schlenker states, “This is a human problem that involves every aspect of each employee’s personal and professional life. This is where we begin to look at learning as a whole instead of just the training parts” (Schlenker, 2012). Many of the discussions posted on this blog reflect on the reasoning for corporate training and new and improved methods for increasing performance. I think this resource will provide substantial tools throughout my Instructional Design degree program.
The Rapid eLearning blog revolves mainly around the software and graphics realm of instructional design. Many of the discussions relate to ways to improve the design of various concepts and current software available to help in this area. “Do You Have the Skills to Succeed?” at http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/ discusses multiple skills that an instructional designer must have in order to be effective including:
- Project consulting
- Instructional design
- Visual design
- Experience design
- Expertise with your authoring tool
- Understand common eLearning technologies (Kuhlmann, 2012).
The article continues to suggest various ways to increase knowledge in each of the required skills. I am hoping to learn most of these skills during my degree program, however much of what is needed in order to be successful depends on staying up-to-date with current trends in the industry.
The resources that I used this week will be effective in various courses and areas in my Instructional Degree program as well as in any corporate environment I may be involved with in the future. I look forward to the future articles presented in each of these blogs and websites.