What If Ideas

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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Why My Ideas are Not for Everybody

Long time readers of this blog may know that I’ve tried and failed to create instructional design communities a few times. And, as we’ll examine in a future post, the Dear Instructional Designer show, has a solid base (thanks to all the listeners!) but we’ll probably never be a huge smash hit on the iTunes store. And a recent episode of the Accidental Creative podcast helped me make peace with¬†why.

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