Week 1: The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities

I am excited about starting my blog in instructional design, in this post I am going to highlight some resources that I will be using through my study. I am planning to contribute to the blogs and use the resources in the instructional design and e-learning fields.

I connected to the blog, “IDEAS: Instructional Design for eLearning ApporoacheS” by Ferdinand Krauss. This blog has various links to topics related to instructional design and e-learning. Krauss, provides a concise overview about each resource, whether it is a book, an article or an interview with a faculty member. Moreover, the entries are cited and referenced professionally. His focus is on faculty development in higher education which is related to my current work. The information provided on his site will be helpful in my work, and in creating online learning tools for faculty in higher education at my institution. It is interesting that Krauss is from the University of Toronto, in the same city where my institution, Ryerson University, is located; maybe in the future we could collaborate on some projects that could benefit our institutions.

This is a feed that aggregates different blogs about instructional design posted through WordPress using tags, there are blogs by teachers, instructional designers and students who are enrolled in instructional design programs. It is very valuable  to read entries from various instructional designers in their different career stages. There are professional posts, like the blog by Dianne Rees, here blog’s title is “Instructional Design Infusion“. For example, in her post on October 21, 2011 she described how to create digital booklets and how to use these booklets as an instructional tool in education and social learning (Rees, 2011). Another  example is by a student who just created a blog, design2instruct, on his first post he shares his anxiety about using blogs then he posts his reflections and assignments from a graduate course he is taking at the University of Utah (Gallagher, 2011). This wordpress feed is a source of many networks, and as Ferriter (2009) indicated, networked learning is going to be the future of learning. Learning from others and contributing to their posts serve as a learning process for me and help in expanding my knowledge in instructional design.

Blogging about the Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: A Blend of Technology and Education” by Steven W. Anderson. Anderson is a blogger, teacher and speaker and his posts are about using social media and Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. His posts are very helpful as I am also interested in these tools and how to use them effectively in classrooms. These tools are used in e-learning and blended models, and using it effectively could enhance learning; in addition, the tips and ideas provided in his blog are simple and easy to use among students. He also provides information about the latest technology, I find it useful to be up-to-date about technology, and understand how student use it in the classroom. He is also very active on twitter @web20classroom.

I subscribed to Bill Ferriter’s blog “The Tempered Radical” I enjoyed his article about “Learning with blogs and wikis”, he is dedicated to professional development, and he writes with integrity; additionally, he describes the educators as leaders. As a future instructional designer, I see myself as a leader in my organization in which I could promote innovation and change.

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References:

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

Gallagher, A. (2011). Re: About. [Blog message]. Retrieved from http://design2instruct.wordpress.com/about/

Rees, D. (2011, October 21). Re: Create versatile digital booklets  with Simple Booklet. [Blog message]. Retrieved from http://instructionaldesignfusions.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/create-versatile-digital-booklets-with-simple-booklet/

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