Back when I wrote my instructional design careers series in 2007, I was only aware of a few blogs by instructional designers. Since then, I’ve discovered a wealth of blogs by instructional designers, e-learning developers, and workplace learning specialists. These categories are somewhat loose; some people could be in multiple categories.
- Dave’s Whiteboard by Dave Ferguson is a place to explore learning, training, and performance improvement.
- Design for Learning is written by Natalie Laderas-Kilkenny, a former coworker of mine who blogs on education and technology.
- Tracy Hamilton writes Discovery through eLearning. Among other topics, Tracy’s archives include her experiences selecting and implementing a new LMS.
- In the Middle of the Curve is one of the first blogs I linked to, back in January 2007. Wendy Wickham tells stories of her experiences developing and delivering training. I love how she uses her blog to give us all a peek into her thought processes as she works through messy problems.
- Karyn’s Erratic Learning Journey has chronicled Karyn Romeis’ transition from corporate L&D employee to independent consultant.
- Learn and Lead by Manish Mohan covers learning development from a management perspective.
- Rupa Rajagopalan’s Writers Gateway provides a perspective on instructional design and e-learning in India.
- Judy Unrein writes onehundredfortywords, short posts on instructional and e-learning design.
- The Usable Learning Blog is written by instructional design consultant Julie Dirksen.
- Allen Interactions’ e-Learning Leadership blog shares ideas on effective e-learning design, building on concepts from Michael Allen’s books.
- E-Learning Tyro highlights blogs and posts of the week.
- Clark Aldrich on Simulations and Serious Games is a blog I enjoy reading for the inspiration on game-based learning, even if I’ve never done this kind of work myself.
- Brent Schlenker of the eLearning Guild writes at Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development. Brent covers e-learning in general, but especially emerging technology and mobile learning.
- On the E-Learning Curve, Michael Hanley covers both the nitty gritty details of tools and the big picture ideas of design.
- eLearning Technology by Tony Karrer is one of the first e-learning blogs I started reading. Besides his wealth of knowledge and experience, Tony always welcomes new bloggers and encourages conversations across the online space.
- Karl Kapp writes Kapp Notes, a great source for information on virtual worlds, learning through games, and many other e-learning subjects.
- Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions focuses on practical issues related to instructional design and e-learning.
- MinuteBio is by e-learning designer Jeffery Goldman.
- The Rapid eLearning Blog by Tom Kuhlman has a unique visual style and lots of how-to posts.
- Cathy Moore’s Making Change offers advice on developing non-boring e-learning.
- Adventures in Corporate Education is where Gina Minks shares her experiences in graduate school and in her new position as Program Manager for Social Media.
- Bozarthzone is Jane Bozarth’s blog home for discussing corporate training and e-learning on a budget.
- I originally listed this category as “training,” but realized that doesn’t entirely fit what Harold Jarche writes about. Harold writes about much more than traditional training, including social learning and performance support.
- Spinning the Social Web by Janet Clarey includes analysis and research about e-learning, instructional design, and social learning.
Besides this list, check out the eLearning Learning site for a great collection of e-learning blogs.
I have realized that even though I’m not a huge fan of Twitter (and haven’t been active in quite a while), Twitter has been an excellent way for me to find new bloggers.
Thank you to everyone on this list for sharing their insights with all of us!