As a career human resources practitioner who is "new" to the field of Instructional Systems Design (ISD) as an area of serious study, I was captivated by the seemingly endless number of websites, blogs, wikis, and other online resources available to those wishing to learn more about this dynamic industry. Here are a few sites that a "newbie" found particularly interesting …
ASTD – American Society for Training & Development
According to its website, it's the "world's largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field." The site is perfect for those seeking an insider's view of the training and development industry. Complete with an online library chocked full of magazines, journals, newsletters, research reports and the like, as well as multiple discussion boards, a job bank, professional certification preparation courses, and a calendar of national and international industry events, this site is "one-stop shopping" for the training and development professional. And for those who are tech-savvy and like to stay connected to the latest news and developments from the field, ASTD has a presence and established following on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. ASTD members and non-members can also take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities offered by local chapters in almost every state and abroad.
IPMA-HR – International Public Management Association for Human Resources
It is rare to find a site that addresses the challenges and unique interests of HR professionals working in government agencies. Found it! As the "premier non-profit organization representing the interests of human resource professionals at all levels of federal, state and local government," IPMA-HR offers quick and easy access to a multitude of resources to assist the HR practitioner with an interest in instructional design and "employee training and development," as it is often called in the public sector. Not to be outdone by its sister organization – the Society for Human Resource Management – IPMA-HR is no less short on online and classroom training courses, webinars, videos, podcasts, certification preparation assistance programs, publications, bulletin boards, social networking connections (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, GovLoop), and blogs related to various HR topics, including performance management and workforce learning.
Element K Blog
This blog, focused on all aspects of the learning and development field, is simply FUN! The blog gives timely commentary and insight on training, learning, performance support, and the industry overall … in layman's terms. Very little "difficult-to-understand" learning theory lingo here! Like many other instructional design blogs, the discussions center around conversations about the changing roles of instructors, instructional designers and subject matter experts; the use of social media in learning within organizations; tools and tips for fostering learning in individuals; new product launches and updates; professional event notifications; and finding employment in the learning and development field. Links to other resources that learning professionals and researchers may find useful, including case studies, white papers, webinars and training partner firms, are bountiful. Finding practical solutions to address your business needs and objectives – whether in a corporate, higher education or government setting- are just a few clicks away!