Exploring the Field of Instructional Design

13 01 2013

As a graduate student embarking upon an exciting study of instructional design and technology, I have been assigned the task of exploring instructional design blogs in order to find useful information that may be helpful in my studies and future career, and also as pertinent information for my classmates. The following summaries are pertaining to 3 blogs I had the opportunity to read and gain insight from:

Kristina Hollis is a learning designer blogging about her recent experience with massive open online courses and the knowledge she has gained by collaborating with learners all over the world. Massive open online course learning is a recent trend in e-learning where massive users enroll and interact in an open online course. Learners have an opportunity to offer their perspectives and knowledge regarding a particular topic with hundreds, maybe even thousands of users. Kristina speaks about a project shared in a recent MOOC she attended. The author of the project used a new technology tool called Prezi in his facilitation of the course. Prezi is cloud-based presentation software that can be globally used for sharing information and for project collaboration. Kristina was impressed with the author’s use of the tool to discuss the topic of the course. What drew me to this blog was the fact that I had not heard of MOOC before. I was also intrigued about Kristina’s passionate discussion of Prezi. I had a chance to see Prezi in action when my daughter used it in 2012 for her senior class project in high school instead of using PowerPoint. Although it is similar to PowerPoint, Prezi is more interactive and innovative in storytelling. Kristina brings up a good point about the MOOC author and his discussion about 21st century learning and how universities have to respond to the changing adult learner by keeping abreast of innovative tools to use in learning. Kristina’s blog seemed enthusiastic to me because she was excited about exploring new and cutting edge software and e-learning.

This particular efront blog discusses the steps for converting a face-to-face course to an e-learning course. The author Christopher Pappas identifies his top 5 tips for developing a worthwhile e-learning course. According to Pappas, learning designers need to:
1. Identify the e-learning course format
2. Research the design model
3. Define use of interaction
4. Choose the right educational technology
5. Create revision Procedures
I found this blog very interesting and informative because Pappas took the time to thoroughly explain his 5 tips and to offer industry definitions, which was extremely helpful for someone like me who has a limited background in instructional design.

Brian Washburn is a blogger who blogs about adult learning theories and instructional design. In this particular blog, Brian is writing about designing workplace programs that create momentum. Brian believes that learning should not only be about the instructional design, the learning management system, or adult learning principles, but that learning should also be about fun and engaging the learner. He challenges the instructional designer or trainer to think about creating momentum the next time he or she designs a training course or presentation. I found this blog to be a quick read with inspiring and relatable material to my future as an instructional designer for adult learners. I too believe learning should be fun and engaging in order for the material to have some sticking points.