Instructional Design – Handy Websites

The first step in finding information about Instructional Design (or anything for that matter) is usually a Google search.  Over the years I have found, bookmarked, forgotten, re-found, re-bookmarked so many useful resources that have helped me in my career.

Here are a few sites I find myself returning to most often (this is by no means a comprehensive list, but for now let’s adhere to the “rule of three”):

The first website I have found immensely useful over the years is Big Dog Little Dog’s Performance Juxtaposition.  This site has been online proudly since July 13, 1995 and serves (at least for me) as the go-to resource for all things training.  From ADDIE to Visualization, site author Don Clark (retired Army E-7 now Instructional System Design Consultant) has captured and commented on almost any performance improvement and training concept there is.  Whether you are new to the field of Training and/or Instructional Designing or if you are a seasoned veteran this site proves time and time again to be an exceptional resource.

Doing things faster, better, stronger (did I remember to mention faster?) is the name of the game in today’s ID/learning content world.  To help Instructional Designers keep pace with the ever-changing market Articulate (makers of the eLearning creation tool Storyline) maintain a blog and robust online community ( ).  Not only does this help with Storyline concerns but the site also tackles common instructional design conundrums.  A rapid-eLearning blog is an extension of the articulate community; and while this rapid-eLearning blog is a bit outdated, it still provides you with good tips and ideas to help manage eLearning projects successfully.

No conversation about Instructional Design websites is complete without The sheer volume of information on this site makes it an invaluable tool for burgeoning Instructional Designers and veterans alike.  Don’t let the austere website design fool you – the focus here is on the substance of instructional design. I will never say that this site is unpleasant to look at or difficult to use, actually I feel quite the opposite.  Content is laid out in a clear and easy to navigate way.  On this site you will find the mechanics that make the Instructional Design machine work; you can find the why to the how; and you can fill your toolbox with the building blocks of sound course design.  Before you can define the next big trend in instructional design, you will probably want to understand the fundamentals – on this site you will find those fundamentals all living together happily under one roof.

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