Thursday, May 25, 2006

EdTech Blogs

I've been working on effectivedesign.org today, specifically, I've been working on what I initially called my Blogroll. You know, a list of blogs that I read on a consistent basis--guys like David Wiley and Trey Martindale. But as I began researching (read: looking at) others, I found so many that my blogroll got ridiculously long. So I ended up just making a separate page. So now it can be accessed from the menu on the left using the EdTech Blogs link. But be warned--it is RIDICULOUSLY long. But I think there is some great info there.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Another GREAT definition

I was in a workshop last week and Larry Ragan from Penn State's World Campus was speaking and he gave a WONDERFUL description of what we do. He referred to instructional designers as educational engineers.

I thought about this a lot, and it makes complete sense. Electrical engineers design electrical systems, mechanical engineers design mechanical systems, and educational engineers (instructional designers) design educational systems.

I like it!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Website redesign–YIKES!

So I've been playing with all the webtools that I get as part of my Blue Host package, and I've come across phpWebsite, an open source website package. I've got to be honest, it hasn't been an easy configuration, but I like the idea of all the functionality. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it all, which I really shouldn't admit, you know, being a good instructional designer and all, but I'm going to anyway. I have played with this software (among others, Moodle, etc.), and while I like things about others (like Moodle's RSS feeds), I settled on this one.

Who knows, maybe this one will do RSS, and I just haven't figured it out yet. It took me too long to figure out the dang menus . . .

At any rate, we'll see how this goes.