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#DearID Episode 46: Simon Date on Open Source

If you are a ID newbie, or someone who wants to learn a new skill, your number one question is, how can I get experience? I will always recommend that you start making stuff. But where do you get ideas? I have a lot of thoughts on this, my latest one is about civic learning, but our last episode with Simon Date, we talk about open source, the philosophy behind it, and why IDs might want to jump in.

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Civic Learning: An Idea Generated from Torrance Learning’s Download Un-Conference

If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you’ll have seen me working with one overarching idea for a while: what might it look like to have a vendor-agnostic community of practice for instructional design and development for newbie instructional designers? I went through various iterations myself (AWSM Prompts, then Go Design Something) and I’ve known other colleagues who were also interested in this idea, most notably Jennifer Maddrell who has put in a ton of work with her team on Designers for Learning. So it was only natural that I would begin to shop this question with every bunch of victims colleagues I could find.

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