Growing up I have always had a life-long love for design, specifically graphic design. Within my research of instructional design, I find that graphic design is very important to the helpfulness of the material being taught and is often overlooked. It is my goal, as an instructional designer to better the aesthetics of common training and instruction.
An excellent site that contains information involving successful instructional design tips, as well as graphic design tips, is The Rapid E-Learning Blog found at blogs.articulate.com/rapid-elearning. This site contains many articles or blog posts that deal with “help[ing] your audience learn and apply” the information they are given and learning. Additionally, it provide links to conferences, workshops, and events, offers a plethora of helpful tips, and delves deep into the many aspects of e-learning including video, audio, and presentations.
The second website I discovered, which leans closer to the graphic design side, but still assists in understanding instructional design is understandinggraphics.com. This website will provide information that speaks to how people see various design aspects. The current featured article by Brainy Stuff talks about the effectiveness and psychological affects of using dotted or dashed lines versus solid lines. Although this is graphic design in topic and theory, the logic behind it helps to better understand what people think and feel when seeing such elements which then help me, as the instructional designer, to subconsciously direct and lead their attention to the appropriate details.
Finally, I would like to point out a very informative blog that discusses what it is like to be an instructional designer, what it takes to become one, and how to succeed in the field. Experiencing E-Learning Blog found at christytucker.wordpress.com/instructional-design-careers, is an excellent resource for a student beginning the journey into this new field. The blog discusses different technology skills that are important to the field of instructional design and different options for continuing education, such as certificates or other possible degrees in the future.
In conclusion, their are many excellent resources available on the web and they can be found in many forms (articles, websites, blogs, etc) and each one provides a unique take on the subject being researched. Blogs are an excellent resources for personal opinions, learning from someone’s experience (good and bad), and excellent for networking and becoming someone in the community of instructional designers. Personally, as a graphic designer specially in web design, a blog would be an excellent method to showcase both my knowledge as well as design skill.