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December 25, 2007

Great elearning blogs and sites

Filed under: blogs,Resources,Usability — apana @ 2:47 am
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I moved from instructor-led training to elearning a few months ago, and the learning curve has been steep and exciting, primarily because so much had to be unlearnt. While I have enrolled for the Post-graduate Diploma in instructional design from Symbiosis and will also do a course on instructional design for senior professionals from Vibrant Wavelength, the most useful learning has been from the various blogs I have been reading on a regular basis. This post is about the blogs I have found to be most useful. I read these daily and constantly bombard my team with links to interesting posts from them. (Okay, some of them are not blogs per se but they do have regular postings).

What I like most about these blogs is that they always have something you can take away with you and apply to make your learning more effective.

The most useful and insightful blog I have come across is Cathy Moore’s blog. Her ideas are simple, effective, and rely on a lot of common sense, prompting the reader to ask “Now, why didn’t I think of that?” And if you have already thought of that, here is corroboration from a senior professional.

Another superb resource is Jane Knight’s blog. Jane’s Elearning Pick of the Day lists resources to create elearning and enhance personal productivity, and lists new sites in the Web 2.0 space. Still further, Jane has what is arguable the best site on elearning resources at the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, which has a comprehensive and categorised list on elearning tools which is constantly updated.

The next blog is Tom Kuhlmann’s Rapid eLearning Blog. Though focused on Articulate, this blog is a gem to anybody who wants to create effective and engaging elearning. Speaking of technology, do visit Tony Karrer’s eLearning Technology blog, which is also a must-read.

The next blog on my list is Clive Shepherd’s blog. One of the latest posts reviews several of the latest books on learning and development, and design. This post can be seen here. Moving on, the next is Karl Kapp’s blog, and when there do look at Karl’s book Gadgets, Games, and Gizmos for Learning. Another great blog is Christy Tucker’s Experiencing E-Learning. The posts are about varied topics, but are always interesting.

The last blog on my list is yet another must-read and is Stephen Downes’ Half an Hour. Polemical and provocative, this blog inspires you to think, and that is always a good thing. Stephen’s website can be accessed here.

Creating Passionate Users, Kathy Sierra’s blog, is now – sadly – discontinued. However, it has 405 posts and I recommend you read them all.

My next four sites are about usability and I have included them here because, all too often, I have opened an elearning demo or sample, and don’t know how to navigate or how to start the module. Three of them belong to the founders of the Nielsen Norman Group. The first is Bruce Tognazzni’s page, asktog.com. A series of occasional articles appear on this page and focus on usability issues in the real world, ranging from HCI, to cars, to the iPhone. Always interesting and above all, written with a lot of humour.

Don Norman’s articles on usuabilty appear on jnd.com. Click on Essays to read his insightful articles on usability, design, and interaction.

Jakob Nielsen publishes his articles on usubility on useit.com and the archive of his Alertbox can be accessed here.

My last site on usability focuses on information design, visual explanations, and the presentation of graphics. This is The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press and you can access the articles here.

That’s my list of must-read blogs / sites. If you feel there are any I have left out, do write in and let me know.

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9 Comments »

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    Pingback by technology » Blog Archive » Great elearning blogs and sites — December 25, 2007 @ 3:01 am

  2. Thanks for including me in this illustrious list of bloggers. I do have a wide range of topics, especially in the bookmarks because those vary depending on what courses I’m working on. I’m getting ramped up on two new courses on middle school science and 21st century literacy right now, which should make for an interesting assortment of links. šŸ™‚

    Feel free to stop by my blog and comment or ask questions any time.

    Best of luck to you with your new e-learning blog!

    Comment by Christy Tucker — December 25, 2007 @ 3:26 am

  3. Thanks for your kind words, Christy! I shall certainly be visiting your blog everyday.

    Apana

    Comment by apana — December 25, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

  4. Apana,

    Thanks for including me on the list. It is exciting transitioning from instructor-led to elearning…an adventure as I am sure you are experiencing. Take care and best of luck with your new blogging adventure.

    Karl

    Comment by Karl Kapp — December 26, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

  5. Karl, Thanks very much for your kind words. Yes, it is a very exciting transition and I hope to learn a lot!

    Apana

    Comment by apana — December 27, 2007 @ 5:56 am

  6. Apana, Many thanks for your kind words. I’m glad my blog is useful for you. I have a lot of fun writing it, and I hope you have as much fun with your blog and with elearning!

    Comment by Cathy Moore — December 27, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

  7. Cathy, thanks a lot for dropping by. I shall continue to look forward to your insightful posts!

    Apana

    Comment by apana — December 28, 2007 @ 2:55 am

  8. Just come across your blog posting. Thanks for the kind words you say about my blog and website.

    Jane

    Comment by janehart — January 6, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

  9. Hi Jane, your site is an invaluable resource to all of us. I will be sending in my list of Top 10 tools this week.

    Apana

    Comment by apana — January 8, 2008 @ 12:37 am


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