Week 2/Blog Assignment: Evaluating and Identifying Online Resources

This article outlines how to make students motivated to learn. The author suggests that giving students a choice in their own learning engages them in their own learning process. That by including students that “teachers make learning memorable when students are more evolved and motivated to participate.”

I think this a great article and offers good information.
WILSON, D., CONYERS, M., & ROSE, K. (2015). Rethinking Learning Potential. Independent School, 75(1), 50.

This article looks at “how the brain learns, stores, and uses information”. The article says that we learn better when things are taught to us in smaller increments. As in the reading we have done for class the article said that the brain “remembers the first part and the last part” of information and that the “middle period of learning should be filled with the least important information.”

The article stresses that we do not learn when multitasking. That we learn best by sharing, writing and drawing, and verbalizing with others.
VAN DAM, N. (2013). INSIDE THE LEARNING BRAIN. T+D, 67(4), 30.



Blog Assignment: The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities

Overview Instructional Design Blogs
1. Cathy Moore – Let save the world from boring training
This is a wonderfully set up blog with a lot of information. Ms. Moore has separated the information into in four areas – Project Management, Activities and Information, Goals and Analysis. This Blog is very well laid out and has tons of information on E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Learning Styles. This blog also offers additional resources and books. I plan on delving into this blog in much more detail as there is an abundance of information. 😉

2. Nicole Legault – Flirting with ELearning – Blogging about instructional design, eLearning, graphic design and more.
This blog is more casual and personal than the first blog but also has a lot of information. This blog also has the blogger’s portfolio showing projects that she has created. Included in this blog are different design ideas that can used in instructional design, templates, tips on being a productive and how to create your own portfolio. Reading this I am excited to get going on projects for my classes!

Connie Malamed – The ELearning Coach – For designing smarter learning experiences
This Blog has a abundance of information and resources. I spent a lot of time looking though everything and will be back for more! This blogger has information on Podcasts, eLearning Design, Multimedia, Mobile Learning, advice on working and much more!

E-Learning Resources & Examples for Success
This blog promises “real-world tips for e-learning success.” This blog offers templates, how to search for free images, and suggested practices for e-leaning success.