ASTD Memphis Presentation: ID Resources You Can Use Now

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Links and resources for my talk on April 9th, 2013 for the Memphis Chapter of ASTD.

What is Instructional Design?

  1. Wikipedia entry on ID
  2. What everyone ought to know about instructional design, from the Articulate-sponsored Rapid E-Learning Blog
  3. Don Clark’s summary of the practice of ID, including summaries of ID models

All-purpose Reference Sites

  1. IT Connections by Martin Ryder with the University of Colorado at Denver
  2. by Richard Culatta
  3. Encyclopedia of Educational Technology from San Diego State University
  4. The Instructional Design Knowledge Base, from George Mason University
  5. The EduTech Wiki, hosted by the University of Geneva

Theories and Models

  2. ID Models via IT Connections at U. Colorado Denver
  3. Theory Into Practice (TIP) Database

Career Preparation and Practice

  1. On the "Experiencing E-learning" site, Christy Tucker has written a series of articles about ID, and preparing and working as an instructional designer.
  2. The elearning coach explains the career of instructional design. It includes what instructional design is and what instructional designers do.
  3. More career outlook information from Melissa Venable, independent instructional designer

Job Search

  1. My job search site at
  2. Jobs in IDT from Melissa Venable, independent instructional designer

E-Learning General Sites

  1. The E-learning Coach (Connie Malamed)
  2. The Rapid E-Learning Blog, from Articulate, written by Tom Kulhman



Professional Organizations


"Library" Sites for Searching for Articles and Books

The EditLib from AACE. (Association for Advancement of Computing in Education). Mostly focused on educational technology for teachers.

Learning More about IDT

  1. Journal "table of contents" services
  2. Blogs like Articulate blog
  3. RSS feeds — I’ll briefly review mine.
  4. twitter lrnchat. Weekly twitter chat for e-learning professionals. Use hashtag #lrnchat
  5. Seven Things You Should Know About… series from Educause. Written mostly for higher education information technology staff about particular tools. So not really IDT, but useful.

Ongoing News

From, here is a list of 30 online resources that are mostly blogs for instructional designers and e-learning developers.

Handy Tools

  1. rss feeds. Reeder. Note google reader is going away July 1. customized newspapers like and
  2. Blogs — Blogger,,
  3. Wikis — MediaWiki, Wikispaces, PBworks
  4. Google Drive, Google Sites
  5. Weebly
  6. SkyDrive, Dropbox
  7. Evernote, Simplenote
  8. Audio production — Audacity
  9. Image editing — Gimp
  10. Course and Content Management Systems — Moodle, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla

Edudemic lists the 100 Web 2.0 tools that every teacher of 21st century should know to enhance classroom instruction. This list was prepared for K-12 teachers, but there’s something for everyone. Most of these are free.

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