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The second resource that I research was the Learning Theories and Instruction Blog. This blog had an article about problem solving methods during the learning process. This article introduced me to two additional resources. First, was Robert Sternberg’s “…triarchic theory of human intelligence that can be adopted in classrooms to teach problem solving encompassing three types of problems encountered in daily lives: analytical, creative, and practical” (Shook Cheong, 2004) and second was a website that has a knowledge base of instructional design theories and models. Unfortunately, the author of this site does not identify him/herself very well (Taft,2010). This blog introduced me to Problem Based Learning that includes:

  • problem scenario
  • identify facts
  • generate hypotheses
  • id knowledge deficiencies
  • apply new knowledge
  • abstraction

And the  5 goals of Problem Based Learning which are:

  1. Constructing Extensive and Flexible Knowledge
  2. Developing Effective Problem-Solving Skills
  3. Developing Self-Directed Learner (SDL) Skills
  4. Becoming Effective Collaborators
  5. Becoming Intrinsically Motivated

Classroom teachers utilized these skills and goals daily. As instructional designers we have to remember that creating material for learning also needs to meet these skills and goals. The resources that I was provided through this blog were eye opening and very beneficial.

Hsiuwei. (2007, April 22). Problem-based learning. Knowledge Base of Instructional Design Theories and Models. Retrieved January 17, 2010, from

Shook Cheong, Agnes Chang. (2004). Problem Solving. Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science. SAGE Publications. Retrieved January 17, 2010, from


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The first website that I used in research about the brain and learning was Scholastic s, under Teachers. The article I read is titled: How the Brains Learn Best; Easy ways to gain optimal learning in the classroom by activating different parts of the brain bBruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

This article discussed neural system fatigue. The articles identifies how the brain tires, like any other muscle, and how to avoid neural fatigue. The most effective presentation must move back and forth through these interrelated neural systems, weaving them together. These areas are interconnected under usual circumstances, like a complete “workout” in the gym where we rotate from one station to another. Similarly, in teaching, it is most effective to work one neural area and then move on to another (Perry, 2014). It is very eye opening to learn that our brains tire like other muscles, but also how quickly our brain can tire if it is not stimulated. This article is very useful as a teacher and instructional designer with specific examples on how to created material that will be engaging and stimulating. Human beings are storytelling primates. We are curious, and we love to learn. The challenge for each teacher is to find ways to engage the child and take advantage of the novelty-seeking property of the human brain to facilitate learning.

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EDUC 6115: Instructional Design Blog 1 – The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities

EDUC 6115: Instructional Design Blog 1 – The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities

For my first blog entry (ever), I am discussing the blogs that I researched relevant to the field of instructional design and training in the workplaces setting. As a veteran educator, now instructional designer I believe that learning and instructional design go hand in hand. I found many more blogs on learning, than I did Instructional Design, but because I am new to the instructional design field, and I found those blogs very informational.

The first blog I explored focused on instructional design, links for web design, and user interface design. Access to any information from instructional designers, resources I can access and explore, and design ideas is all relevant to my current position and will enhance my instructional design skills.

The second blog I explored focuses on keeping virtual training from being boring. Simulations and scenarios keep the user engaged and participating in the lesson. Instructional designers at my company have participated in webinars offered through this site and have given great reviews.

The thirst blog explored focuses on e-learning, designing the right course, and managing e-learning projects. My current projects are all e-lessons, and this blog has excellent resources and links to assist in e-learning development. This blog shares practical tips and tricks.

There are a lot of exceptional resources available through blogs for instructional design. I focused more on the instructional design blogs because my expertise is in education and I want to enhance my instructional design skills. I am excited to learn everything I can about effective instructional design.