The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities
Research in Instructional Design Blogs
As I was search for resource for instructional design blogs I came up with some few findings which really taught me more about instructional design. The first findings talk about do you need an instructional design degree or not. I will say yes because having a solid foundation in learning theory and cognitive science enables the designer to adapt learning strategies to varied audiences and content. The most important is that the instructional designer is a self-didactic. That the designer is motivated to read cognitive psychology, instructional design and eLearning textbooks, trade books, journals and blogs. They take advantage of tutorials, podcasts and certification programs. They can learn something in a completely different field and transfer this knowledge to instructional design. As professionals in a learning field, we should be able to get the knowledge needed to fill in our gaps as well as to grow and expand.
The next finding was what does an instructional designer does. I was wondered where online classes came from. Online classes were created by e-learning professionals called instructional designers. They work with subject matter expert to help figure out the best way to help students learn. Instructional designers create avenues for feedback and change their design to respond to what they learn. They conduct informal research about students’ learning experiences, and are continually adjusting their work to best meet the needs of the learner. Instructional designer’s help people become better at what they do. One of the most important things that designers to is set up online spaces in which people may learn in a social setting. This may mean creating discussion boards, allocating chat rooms and many others.
The third findings talk about author of this blog is Mark Berthelemy, the Managing Director of a learning and technology consulting firm in the United Kingdom. He specializes in many areas, such as learning technology, successful implementation of new IT systems, and being a liaison between the key stakeholders in the process. He is “passionate about putting the learner, the user at the centre of what we do” (Berthelemy, n.d.) His blog is generally about learning technology apparently with a focus on business. I think this blog may be useful for the knowledge I could gain about developing successful relationships with the various people and departments involved in eLearning projects to strengthen collaboration and minimize opposition.