Last week I presented a brief session at E-Learn that described an online search for blogs that address the instructional design of e-learning and project management. I worked on this project with Amy Hilbelink. We work at the intersection of instructional design and project management, coordinating the development of e-learning products and managing large-scale initiatives. This presentation was a look at our attempt to organize a search for leaders who are blogging about these topics.
My primary goal was to find out more about blogs that might inspire Design Doc. Amy, considering a blog of her own, wanted to find a niche. We also hoped to create a list of blogs and authors we could follow for current information in our field. Managing the available information is daunting to say the least.
The result was a list of 36 unique blogs: 50% were sponsored/written by individuals, another 33% by businesses and organizations, and the remaining 17% by educational institutions. This list still requires some level of curation. Not all of the blogs, found in March 2010, are still live. Many haven’t been updated in a while. Others have changed names or just don’t hit the mark, even though there is some coverage of either instructional design or project management. We thought there were gaps, too. Why didn’t some of the blogs we were already aware of make the list? Perhaps our favorite bloggers aren’t writing with SEO in mind. Should they?
Here are a few blogs you may be interested in that did come up in our search:
- e-learning and distance education resources Tony Bates
- The Rapid E-Learning Blog Tom Kuhlmann
- The @Task Blog @task
- The e-Learning Curve Blog Michael Hanley
- Instructional Design and Development Blog DePaul University
- eLearning Technology Tony Karrer
Who are you reading? Please reply and add to the list.
For more information about our search process, keywords used, and information collected take a look at the presentation.