I am a university professor in South Korea. I am taking a course in instructional design online, and I was assigned a blog finding three different blogs helpful to instructional design professionals, I took on the challenge, and here are the results!
I started my Web search at: https://www.google.com/search?q=blogs+about+instructional+design&rlz=1C1CYCH_enKR621KR621&oq=blogs+about+instructional+design&aqs=chrome..69i57l2j69i59j69i65l3.5453j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8. This will get you started if you want to find more blogs on the subject.
Blog link 1: The Rapid eLearning Blog http://feeds.feedburner.com/RapidElearningBlog
This blog is an offshoot of Articulate, makers of educational software. There are articles on visual thinking skills, sharing e-learning courses, and web sites with free stock images. I read a blog post by Tom Kuhlmann about active vs. passive engagement. It explained something I had not thought of in the context of eLearning. The classes I currently teach are face-to-face, and I use strategies to actively engage learners such as intonation, modeling, and having students speak to each other. Learning how to actively engage learners online is an interesting concept, and one I had not considered before. This site has useful techniques for instructional designers, such as being visually appealing to users, and thus is worth a look and, perhaps, a subscription via email or RSS feed.
Kuhlmann, T. (2007, October 23), Create Engaging eLearning Courses You Can Be Proud Of [Web log comment] Retrieved from http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/create-engaging-e-learning-courses-you-can-be-proud-of/
Blog Link 2: The eLearning Coach http://feeds.feedburner.com/theelearningcoach?format=xml
The eLearning Coach website has different areas, such as Podcasts, eLearning Design, eLearning 2.0, and Cognition. The site also has content on best practices for blended learning, books for learning professionals to read, and a podcast on digital badges, otherwise known as micro-credentials, learners earn for showing particular skills in the digital environment. I read a blog post in eLearning Design about the ten qualities of the ideal instructional designer. I had not realized the sheer amount of work it would take to become an instructional designer, and the qualities or quirks needed to do well in this field. One must be skilled at teaching, visualization, writing and video, brainstorming, and be highly interested in learning. I have contemplated this field, and the checklist in this blog is a great place to start. This site has obvious uses for me to learn about instructional design, specifically on things I had not considered, such as digital badges. The design of online coursework involves components I simply had not considered, despite my current pursuit of my second online master’s degree. Any tool in the toolbox is valuable, especially if it means it can make learners more motivated to learn or to be able to use the course easily.
Malamed, C. (2009) 10 Qualities of the Ideal Instructional Designer [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/10-qualities-of-the-ideal-instructional-designer/
This blog is a faculty service for Instructional Technology Services at DePaul University in Minnesota. There are articles on discussion prompts, poor online course design, strategies to enhance virtual conversations, and educational games. I read an article by Sharon Guan on Under the Dome, a wildly popular documentary by a Chinese mother, Chai Jing, with millions of views worldwide. Guan says this was more of a TED talk, without a lot of the technological bells and whistles accompanying TED talks. Guan talks about how stories are still important to add meaning to online content, and that simplicity may tell a story much more clearly than a complicated technological gizmo would. IDD Blog has some blogs with lots of links to other sites. It is quite easy to spend hours poking through the blogs, picking up more and more information, tips, and tricks on instructional design.
Guan, S. (2015, March 9). Under the Dome: What a Documentary on Air Pollution Taught Me about Instructional Design [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.iddblog.org/?p=2119
Instructional designers, take a look! I hope this helps!