Sunday, January 15, 2012

Follow-up on metacognition article

Gordon posted an article that gave some strategies on developing metacognition behavior. Problem-solving is a good way to develop this behavior as it not only makes one think, but many times thinking outside the box in order to come up with a solution(Blakely, E. and Spence, S. ,  n.d).  This may involve not only learning the what, but also the when, where, and why which Ormrod, Schenk, & Gredler (2009) state that without the latter would confuse students. I believe problem-solving is a good way to learn. I know creating my first blog was an exercise in problem-solving for me!

Blakely, E. and Spence, S. Developing Metacognition. N.d. Retrieved from

Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning theories and instruction (Laureate custom edition). New York: Pearson.

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Journal & Website for instructional designers

Here is a journal for instructional designers that has alot of good articles and references.

This article ( ) discusses some strategies for developing on-line learning courses by utilizing different learning methods for brain-based learning.  One section discusses memory and retrieval which focuses on short-term and long-term memory. Implications for on-line courses could be utilizing ‘rehearsal’ for short-term memory or ‘chunking’ for long-term memory. This relates to the two-store model that is discussed by Ormrod, Schenk, & Gredler (2009). It also states there needs to be variation in the teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles, and to increase attentiveness. This journal would be a good resource for instructional designers.

Clemons, S. (2005). Brain-Based Learning: Possible Implications for Online Instruction. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, 2(9). Retrieved from

Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning theories and instruction (Laureate custom edition). New York: Pearson.
Since this is an education website, there are alot of articles and resources available for the instructional designer or educator.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Education New Horizons for Learning website has some interesting articles and links for education technology and neurosciences, as well as teaching and learning strategies. Marian Cleeves Diamond has an article called Response of the brain to enrichment which talks of how stress, age, gender, and physical activity can affect the brain and its ability to learn. There are numerous other resources available from this site that could be valuable for instructional designers.

Diamond, M. C. (2001). Response of the brain to enrichment. Retrieved from

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Useful sites for Instructional Designers

As a student at Walden University for the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, one of my first assignments was creating this blog. I have read a few blogs, but this is my first attempt at creating one. I have reviewed several blog sites that will be of interest to my fellow classmates, as well as anyone else interested in instructional design and technology. Here are three sites that could be beneficial for viewing.
This site has a plethora of information on e-learning. It has numerous topics, whether concepts such as blogging or social media; tools such as Wiki or RSS; type such as podcasts or resources; organizations or companies; or year. There are numerous postings  under these categories. This would be a good site to learn all about e-learning and the different tools to incorporate.
This is a site from articulate that I learned about from an education conference that I attended. The blog is hosted by Tom Kuhlmann who has 15 years of experience in training and runs the community at articulate. This site provides a lot of useful information that can be incorporated into our learning materials, from designing to creating scenarios to managing. There are also tips for PowerPoint, audio, and visual design.
Cathy Moore’s blog site focuses on getting away from boring instruction such as plain PowerPoint presentations and developing more action-oriented or interactive instructional methods for working adults. She gives speaking engagements around the world and her training has been utilized by many different organizations. She has numerous examples of e-learning presentations on her site ranging from simple to simulations to branching logic. She does consulting and workshops as well. She has several posts to her blog and tries to keep the material entertaining and fun. There are several blog topics to review. This site will be useful for me in educating adult learners.

I hope you enjoy these sites. Let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012