Theoretical Framework

Instructional design theory, of course, is closely tied to educational theory, pedagogy, and epistemology. There is a lot of room for argument in these soft sciences. I don’t really mean that in a disparaging way. As an instructional designer, I am more concerned about using demonstrably effective tools than explaining how they work on the quantum level. I know that I can develop an effective multiple choice test structuring the questions using Bloom’s Taxonomy despite not really knowing if Bloom’s Taxonomy is an accurate picture of the exact structure of cognition. Maybe knowledge has no structure – but what I do know is the Taxonomy is an effective model building tool that will create a test that will demand more from the students than rote memorization. In other words, it is a practical tool. Some of the documents and theories here conflict, contradict, or support one another – but on my path as an educator, I have found some use in all of these viewpoints at one time or another.

Note: This is the short version of the resources we keep elsewhere.

1. Constructivism

2. Connectivism

3. Universal Design

4. Bloom’s Taxonomy

5. No Significant Difference

6. General Online Teaching

Creating a Network

These are some of the people that I have followed and connect with – this is where people really learn about education – engaging with educators!

  1. Gardner Campbell
  2. College Open Textbooks
  3. Dave Cormier
  4. Alec Couros
  5. Creative Commons
  6. Robin DeRosa
  7. Stephen Downes
  8. Grand Text Auto
  9. Cable Green
  10. Jim Groom
  11. D’Arcy Norman
  12. Open Knowledge
  13. Jill Walker-Rettenberg
  14. Howard Rheingold
  15. George Seimens
  16. Clay Shirky
  17. Audrey Watters

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