I’ve never kept a diary or journal before and I’ve never been one to write on a regular basis, let alone make it publicly available on the internet. If you had told me in April (when I posted for the first time) that I would have written 26 posts by the end of the year I probably would have laughed and said “I don’t think I’ve got that much to say”. But, by taking the time to reflect on my experiences and document what I’ve learned along the way, it turned out that I had a bit to say after all.
I’ve found that writing this blog has helped me organise my thinking on a number of different topic areas (motivation, gamification, instructional design, cognitive architecture and PLNs) and the feedback and comments I’ve received have both challenged and consolidated my ideas, so I’m all the better for both. Its also helped me to become a better writer – although I’ve still much to learn.
My top posts for the year based on views are:
- Letting go of Learning Styles
- Integrating Motivation with Instructional Design
- Working with Cognitive Load
- Video Games and Motivation
- 25 Tips for Successful Online Facilitation
I’d like to thank everyone who has read, commented on or shared any of my posts throughout the year. It means a lot that people have found a post personally useful or thought it was worth sharing with others who may find some value in it.
In trying to improve my writing and also to learn from others in the field, I started reading and subscribing to other blogs – another first for me. There’s a lot going on in the learning field and there are plenty of different perspectives that shine through from the blogs I read. While I don’t believe that there are necessarily good blogs and bad blogs as every writer has their own unique style and point of view, the following posts (in no particular order) were memorable to me as I think back over the year:
- From Compliance Course to Campaign a 4-part series of posts by @CraigTaylor74
- Learning: Development: Change by @fuchsia_blue
- 10 Hot Tips for MOOCers by @ryantracey
- New Role, New Goals by @tanyalau
- What CEOs Hate about Learning and Development People by @JKettleborough
- Diamonds by @paulbatfay
- Tips for Blended Learning a series of 10 posts by @cliveshepherd
Finally, I’ve been fortunate enough to interact, connect with and learn from many amazing learning and development people over the course of the year. Thank-you all for inspiring, challenging and supporting me during 2013.
Merry Christmas and cheers to a happy, healthy and educational 2014!