Have a question about developing your instructional design skills? Maybe it’s answered below.
Please see my long answer to that, along with links to other perspectives.
I receive so many emails asking for advice that I can't answer them. Instead, you might post your question on one of the public discussion groups, where you'll get many more answers than I could provide. Here are a few groups and other resources you might consider.
These aren't endorsements. They're just suggestions of places you could look.
Career & business advice
How to become an instructional designer page on my blog with links to more info
Articulate Elearning Heroes career tips tag
Need to learn about the market?
- The Elearning Guild (US) publishes research about elearning use and needs
- Josh Bersin (US) publishes research about corporate training needs
- Kineo (UK) publishes reports and includes market updates in their blog
- Towards Maturity (UK) provides research about the needs of UK companies
- ISA, a US organization, helps learning providers build their businesses
Not earning enough? Read Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny.
Working too hard or for the wrong clients? Read Built to Sell by John Warrillow, even if you don't plan to sell your business.
Workshops & conferences
- Australasia: ElNet, Learning@Work, LearnTech Asia
- UK: Learning and Skills Group and Learning Technologies conferences, Elearning Network
- US: ATD, ISPI, and the Elearning Guild
Elearning design or tools; LMS selection
- Elearning Guild LinkedIn discussion group or Learning Exchange; there are many other LinkedIn ID groups as well
- Articulate Elearning Heroes "Building Better Courses" forum discusses elearning design in general, not just Articulate products
- LMS reviews by Talented Learning
See my list of recommended books about L&D strategy and training design
Here are some of the bloggers I follow, starting with ones you might not be familiar with already. All write about L&D strategy or instructional design except where noted.
- Pedro De Bruyckere, one of the authors of Urban Myths about Learning and Education
- Arun Pradhan
- Mark Britz emphasizes social and informal learning
- Dawn Mahoney
- Adam Weisblatt
- Emily Short writes about interactive fiction and tools
- Mike Taylor
- Michelle Ockers
- Neurobonkers debunks pseudoscience
- Ryan Tracey
- ATD Science of Learning summarizes research
- Shannon Tipton
- Dave Ferguson
- David Kelly
- Karl Kapp
- Donald Clark
- Clive Shepherd
- Jane Bozarth
- Connie Malamed offers podcasts in addition to blog posts
- Donald H. Taylor
- Clark Quinn
- Julie Dirksen
- Christy Tucker
- Allen Interactions
- Roger Schank
- Jane Hart
- Learning Solutions magazine
- Dick Handshaw
- Will Thalheimer
- Charles Jennings
I'm unfortunately not familiar enough with any degree programs to be able to recommend them.
For recommendations from former students, you might ask in one of the many LinkedIn forums for instructional design. If you're a member of the Articulate Elearning Heroes forum, they also have regular discussions about specific degree programs.
For general information on how to become an instructional designer and whether a degree is necessary, please see How to become an instructional designer.
I recommend the books that I list on this page.
My focus is on design, not development, so I don’t recommend specific tools. You’ll get lots of helpful opinions if you post your question in one of the LinkedIn groups for elearning.
Didn’t see your question? Try searching for it below. You’ll search this site, my customer help desk, my public course content — everything.