Only through active participation in the field will I truly be able to deepen my learning and contribute to the learning of other professionals, which is why I formed a Slack community for graduates of Purdue's Learning Design and Technology program. Each month I curate discussions and activities based on a theme. Here I have attached an example--our September Kickoff Newsletter.
Collaboration in the instructional design field is so important. Through interactions in Masters classes, online forums, and instructional design blogs, I have come to see the benefit of discussion, debate, and explanation. One of my favorite forums for these activities is Articulate’s eLearning Heroes site. In particular, I have learned so much from observing and participating in their (now retired) weekly eLearning Challenges. It has also been beneficial to join the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).
I also keep tabs on the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Both of these organizations have interesting and informative publications and resources free on their website. To my surprise, I have returned to information provided by both organizations to support discussions or bolster my work on projects.
Nagy, S. (2017). September Kickoff Newsletter. [Social Newsletter].