Archive for March, 2012

Evaluating and Identifying Online Resources

Identifying legitimate online resources for key concepts, theories, subject matter research, and current trends is essential for the instructional designer. In today’s post, I will be discussing information processing theory and optimizing memory in the adult brain.

Education.com – Bringing Learning to Life is an educational website for parents. Parents have access to a wide variety of resources to help their children “reach their full potential and make learning fun” from kindergarten through college prep (Schraw & McCrudden, 2006). The article on information processing theory comes from this website. It is a well written article including information on the three components of information processing theory, sensory memory, working memory, and long term memory. The authors explain useful terms including limited attentional resources, automaticity, and selective processing. In addition, the authors discuss four implications for improving learning and instruction. An extensive bibliography is included at the end of the article.

I was impressed by this website and its wide variety of resources. It includes major sections for activities, worksheets, videos; find a school, colleges, and education A-Z. While the target audience is parents, the information available on this site is of exceptional quality, and beneficial to day care providers, pre-school teachers, and K-12 educators.

Johns Hopkins University School of Education, New Horizons for Learning is a professional website for educators. Information is available on this website for K-12 education as well as adult learners. In the article, ‘Optimizing Memory in the Adult Brain for Effectiveness in a Multitasking Society’, Markus discusses “senior moments”, current Alzheimer’s research, as well as research for “training the adult brain to function better and remember more clearly” (Markus, 2003, p. 1). There is a significant discussion of a two-year research study involving 2,802 participants where researchers examined the short and long term effects of memory training and problem solving for persons ranging in age from 65 to 94. The article also discusses NASA’s ‘Designs for Strong Minds (DSM) training program.

This is a professional website with a wide variety of quality resources. Johns Hopkins University of Education has an impeccable reputation. Because I work with adult learners, I will continue to access this website.

References:

Schraw, G., & McCrudden, M. (2006). Information processing theory, source: the gale group. Retrieved from education.com website: http://www.education.com/print/information-processing-theory/

Markus, D. (2003). Optimizing memory in the adult brain for effectiveness in a multitasking society. Retrieved from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, New Horizons for Learning website: http://education.jhu.edu/newhorizons/Neurosciences/articles/Optimizing%20Memory%20in%20the%20Adult%20Brain/index.html

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Welcome to Eruditio Propositum!

Welcome to Eruditio Propositum, a blog dedicated to instructional design. The title of my blog is a combination of two Latin words. ‘Eruditio’ means instruction, teaching, knowledge, learning (University of Notre Dame, n.d.). ‘Propositum’ is the Latin word for a design, purpose, scheme, or theme of discourse (Latinwordlist.com, 2012).

My name is Penelope. I am pursuing a M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology at Walden University. I am employed as an instructional technology educator in a local hospital.

In today’s post I am providing a brief overview of the content found on three instructional design blogs.

Upside Learning Blog

This is a professional blog site from Upside Learning, a company based in Pune, India, providing custom elearning solutions. Amit Garg, founder and director of Upside Learning writes in a post dated May 20, 2010, 30 Top Online Resources for Instructional Designers to Keep Up With, “The role of learning designers is beginning to change from being creators of learning interventions to creators (and facilitators) of learning environments” (2010). Because of this changing role, he says instructional designers must “keep learning”.

While this blog has archives dating back to March, 2009, only 21 posts focus on the topic of instructional design. This blog consists mostly of resources for elearning. I do not anticipate using this site as an ongoing resource in the instructional design field.

eLearningLearning – Collecting the best information about eLearning

This topic-centered site is a network of Instructional Design blogs compiled by Aggregage, a company specializing in aggregated content. A navigation bar allows the user to select a topic of interest. For example, clicking on the link for ‘Learning Theory’ produced 180 articles on this topic. To illustrate further, clicking on the link for ‘Instruction’ provided 1972 articles on instructional design (eLearningLearning, 2012). A list of recent posts is included.

Using this network site is a time saver for the instructional designer. I anticipate using this site as an ongoing resource as I work in the instructional design field.

Karla Kmetz – A blog about accessibility and distance learning.

Karla is an Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. She has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Assistive and Special Education Technology from George Mason University. Her blog mainly consists of posts related to web and electronic materials for students with disabilities (Kmetz, 2012).

This blog represents the personal posts of an independent blogger. While the articles are well written, I do not anticipate using this site as an ongoing resource in the instructional design field.

References:

eLearningLearning (2012, March 4). Instructional design blog [Blog]. Retrieved from http://www.elearninglearning.com/blog/instructional-design/

Garg, A. (2010, May 20). 30 top online resources for instructional designers to keep up with. [Blog] Retrieved from the Upside Learning blog: http://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/

Kmetz, K. (2012, March 4). Karla Kmetz A blog about accessability and distance learning. [Blog] Retrieved from http://karlakmetz.wordpress.com/

Latin Word List. (2012, March 1). Retrieved from http://www.latinwordlist.com/latin-word-for/latin-word-for-a-design-66612490.htm

University of Notre Dame (n.d.). Archives. Retrieved from http://archives.nd.edu/eee.htm