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Overview of ID Blogs
1. The Rapid E-learning Blog http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/
What I have discovered in my time as an instructional designer developing e-learning is that the designer’s role encompasses a lot more than just developing educational deliverable to educate learners. E-learning requires a lot of graphic and web design principles with which many designers may not be familiar. Over time, in my current position, e-learning has moved from being a occasional assignment to the majority of my assignments. In the beginning there was a lot of time wasted on capturing images incorrectly, layouts that were too busy and trying to figure out authoring software functionality, like Articulate that work through PowerPoint. I found the Articulate E-learning blog about a year ago and it has been very helpful. This blog’s entries contain useful information on the following:
- Screen capture tips and information different graphic types i.e. png., bitmaps, vectors, jpegs
- Audio and Video tips
- Layout ideas and templates
o Color theory
o Size and Spacing
- Project management
- Instructional Design principles
- Instruction and advise on how to develop education for various electronic medium- podcasts, social networking sites, screencast
2. The e-learning Coach http://theelearningcoach.com/
I have been a subscriber to the e-learning Coach newsletter, which is a great resource for combining articles and research from all over the web regarding cognition, memory and how to incorporate this information into your e-learning design. The blog also features reviews of the latest instructional design and e-learning books on the market. My favorite feature of the newsletter is the multitude of e-learning resources and goodies: icons, images, demos etc.
Even though the newsletter only comes out monthly, I visit the website at least once a week for advice.
3. Kmbslearningservices http://kmbslearningservices.wordpress.com/
The kmbslearning blog is a blog that I located via this week’s resources. I found it interesting because the author’s position is similar to mine and he uses many of the same author tools that I use to develop e-learning, specifically Abobe Captivate. The blog also feature information and tips on virtual meeting software Livemeeting, which my organization uses.