The 19 Best Elearning Blogs

Sep52006
Written by Gabe Anderson Director, Customer Advocacy — Posted in E-Learning Industry

From learning theories to content design, metadata to LMSes, survey data to industry trends, these blogs have it all.

This list represents some of the more active e-learning blogs I’ve found or already read regularly. Each of these is great in its own way — be it the in-depth analysis, the industry headlines, the technical prowess — but all will get you thinking about learning and technology in new ways.

The 19 Best Elearning Blogs*
(in no particular order)

  1. The Rapid eLearning Blog
    Tom Kuhlmann was a customer of ours who made a name for himself in the Articulate Community Forums with his creative tips and tricks about Articulate products, and his unique ability to understand how to build original elearning courses that engage the learner and simultaneously meet business objectives. Now he blogs regularly at The Rapid eLearning Blog, which has nearly 10,000 subscribers, making it the most read blog in the elearning industry. (Added to list September 20, 2007.)

  2. Tony Karrer’s eLearning Technology
    Be sure to see his First Time Visitor Guide, which highlights some of Tony’s previous posts on topics ranging from Elearning 2.0 to informal learning to Learning Management Systems. (And he even quoted one of my blog posts back in June.)

  3. Harold Jarche
    A blog about “conversations at the intersection of learning, work & technology.” Take a look at his recent entry on the system he uses for Personal Knowledge Management in a Web 2.0 world (as inspired by Tony’s post on Personal Learning for Learning Professionals).

  4. Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie
    With roots in the good ol’ fashion email newsletter dating back to 1997 (which you can still get), this blog from the longtime industry icon examines elearning and learning theory with a focus on larger corporations.

  5. Internet Time Blog
    Well-known lately in the industry for his theories on informal learning, this is Jay Cross’ original blog, where he explores all facets of learning and technology.

  6. Dave Mozealous
    Sure, he’s my colleague, but he’s good and really knows what he’s talking about — especially when it comes to .SWF, .FLV, Captivate, and LMS/SCORM/AICC issues — so he makes the list.

  7. elearningpost
    Short and sweet. Almost daily headlines.

  8. Online Learning Update
    Like the elearningpost, but focused more on academia.

  9. George Siemens’ elearnspace
    This blog and its encompassing site “explore elearning, knowledge management, networks, technology, and community.”

  10. Connectivism Blog
    Another one from George Siemens, this blog takes the concept laid out in his 2004 article on connectivism and runs with it.

  11. Breakthrough eLearning
    Co-founder and Director of Education for eLearn Campus, Rick Nigol’s blog explores issues such as implementing a successful elearning program in your organization, and identifying traits of a “business problem that lends itself to eLearning” vs. traditional classroom training.

  12. Jenna Sweeney’s Corporate Training & e-Learning Blog
    Here you’ll read about concepts like compressing your learning object to be as small as it can possibly be with Workflow Nano-Learning, as well as the positive environmental impact of elearning.

  13. Robin Good’s MasterViews International
    From the online media expert himself, this blog is focused on PowerPoint and presentation skills. (Robin once called Articulate Presenter “the Ferrari of rich-media Web presentation tools.”)

  14. Mobilemind
    Tom King’s blog focuses on industry news and standards. He’s chair of the AICC Communications Subcommittee and is also involved with SCORM specifications.

  15. Indezine PowerPoint Blog
    Not elearning, per se, but if your learning program is driven by PowerPoint-based content (what a concept, right?), then you’ll surely find these near-daily tips and tricks on all things PowerPoint useful.

  16. Learning Circuits Blog
    This blog comes from ASTD and also features commentary by Tony Karrer, including this recent post on The Innovator’s Dilemma of Learning, which will have you reexaming how you’re looking at your learning development projects.

  17. Corporate eLearning Development
    Intel blogger Brent Schlenker explores elearning in the corporate world — with a personal touch. Find out the role a certain kind of hippo plays in learning.

  18. E-Learning Queen
    Susan Smith Nash’s in-depth blog posts even include references to external sources — online and print.

  19. Stephen’s Web
    More than a blog, this site has a very active community that’s focused on all things elearning, including an extensive discussion of the Blackboard patent that’s rippled through our industry.

* Why 19? Because I had to stop at some point and get this list published for you. There are probably plenty of other great elearning blogs out there, so apologies in advance if I’ve missed your rockin’ elearning blog or your must-read favorite. What are others you’d recommend or visit daily?

64 responses to “The 19 Best Elearning Blogs”

1

Thanks for the plug!

Tony Karrer // Posted at 8:53 pm on September 5th, 2006
2

Gabe, I read your blog often and feel quite honored to be selected by you for your “best elearning blogs” list – especially in light of the other names and blogs with whom my name and blog are listed!! I am glad my blog is being read and making an impact. My client work keeps me incredibly busy, but your attention to my blog motivates me to give it even more time and TLC. Thank you again! Jenna Sweeney

Jenna Sweeney // Posted at 10:01 pm on September 5th, 2006
3

I’m deeply honored and appreciative! Thank you so much for including me in the list — what a wonderful group! I really admire your blog and everything you’re doing — your work is vitally important, now more than ever.

best wishes — susan smith nash

susan nash // Posted at 6:58 am on September 6th, 2006
4

Ditto here Gabe! Love the blog and many thanks for including me in the list. I have immense respect and admiration for those you’ve listed and it’s kind of weird to be a part of it actually. But very cool at the same time ;)
Cheers!

brent schlenker // Posted at 2:19 pm on September 6th, 2006
5

I’m happy to bring together such a great group of minds under one roof! Hopefully this list will prove to be a valuable resource for thousands of folks.

Gabe Anderson // Posted at 2:32 pm on September 6th, 2006
6

Thanks for including Learning Circuits Blog in your list Gabe. Hopefully some changes we’re currently working on will make LCB even more valuable to the elearning community.

Dave Lee // Posted at 4:14 pm on September 7th, 2006
7

Great list. I am glad to see many of these resources discuss, give examples of and instructions for actual implementation instead of just theory.

Matthew Nehrling
http://mlearningworld.blogspot.com/

Matthew Nehrling // Posted at 4:21 pm on September 7th, 2006
8

I keep up my teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk blog and I read the following, amongst others, which I think you’ve missed: Dave Warlick’s 2 Cents Blog, Vicki Davis’ Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and Wes Fryer’s Moving at the Speed of Creativity
:-)

Doug Belshaw // Posted at 1:03 pm on September 8th, 2006
9

Phew! Just made the list!

Here are the blogs I look at, including 347 edubloggers. No saying whether these are the best; they are simply the ones I read.

http://www.bloglines.com/public/Downes

Stephen Downes // Posted at 1:31 pm on September 8th, 2006
10

Many thanks – great company :-)

Harold Jarche // Posted at 6:02 pm on September 8th, 2006
11

Gabe, in my playtime today, I checked out a service called MyBlogLog. You put a line of code in your blog, and MyBlogLog tells you where each visitor comes from and from what page they bail. In the first twenty minutes, five visitors came from this page! That’s five out of eight — and I think two of the eight were me. You’ve hit a pop topic. Thanks for the mention — and take a look at informl.com — where I’m doing more blogging these days. All the best.

Jay Cross // Posted at 2:12 am on September 9th, 2006
12

I’m new to this ….so be patient cheers

Edward Lohmann // Posted at 2:21 pm on September 9th, 2006
13

Great and useful list of blogs. A few I already visit regularly, but also some new to me. Maybe one day I can aspire to getting in this list myself…

Alexa // Posted at 5:16 am on September 11th, 2006
14

I wonder if you (or anyone else for that matter) gave any thought to the fact that the vast majority of these “best” elearning blogs are written by men? Sexism in learning technology (as in all technology fields) is dominated by men.

A recent issue of Campus Technology for example, listed Campus Technology Innovators — 14 out of 16 (I think that was my count) were men!

Now, do we really think that its just that men are the innovators here or that many innovating women have to fight their way in?

Beth Harris // Posted at 7:28 am on September 11th, 2006
15

Hi Beth-

The quality of the content is what’s key for me. I didn’t specifically seek out men or women to be included here. On review, it seems both men and women are represented in this list.

If you have other recommendations for quality elearning blogs, please do share here.

Thanks!

Gabe Anderson // Posted at 5:21 pm on September 12th, 2006
16

As I knew would happen, at least one clear oversight in this list is Mark Oehlert’s e-Clippings blog in which he discusses all things elearning, LMSes, and collaboration.

Gabe Anderson // Posted at 10:36 am on September 13th, 2006
17

This is a great list. I read Tony Karrer’s eLearning Technology all the time.

http://www.theloveofwisdom.com

moore_1474 // Posted at 12:30 pm on March 28th, 2007
18

The site looks great ! Thanks for all your help ( past, present and future !)

morganusvitus // Posted at 6:38 am on April 5th, 2007
19

Ive just stumbled over this list now, currently read a few of the blogs but thanks for listing out some other great resources.

Richard Chetwynd // Posted at 8:52 pm on June 6th, 2007
20

I know we’re not on the list but if you have some time check out the Online Media Center at SyberWorks, Inc. With our e-Learning Lingo podcasts, e-Learning Dictionary, etc., it is definately one site you’ll have to check out. Good luck with everyones work in the e-Learning field!

Kristin Hebert // Posted at 2:01 pm on June 7th, 2007
21

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Ahaa! Persönliche Erfahrungen / “Tour de Blog” // Posted at 3:16 pm on June 14th, 2007
22

Thanks for the great list. You’ve really helped me fill out my RSS feeds! :)

Peter DeCourcy // Posted at 2:12 pm on July 22nd, 2007
23

Next year I hope to be on the list (or you could use one to complete the 20): http://www.daanassen.com

Daan Assen // Posted at 4:35 pm on August 1st, 2007
24

Be sure to check out Tom’s great new Rapid Elearning Blog!

gabe // Posted at 11:25 am on August 22nd, 2007
25

Hi Gabe, I think you could update your list this year with newer blogs. Check out “Learnability Matters” It has interesting research on learning and usability.

Geeta Bose // Posted at 3:11 pm on August 24th, 2007
26

Thanks for the suggestion, Geeta. That’s a good idea!

gabe // Posted at 4:04 pm on August 29th, 2007
27

Hi Gabe

Wanna make it a cool 20? check out this one: http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com – Learning with ‘e’s!

Steve Wheeler // Posted at 3:38 pm on August 31st, 2007
28

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29

Yeah, this is a very very cool blog. ;-)
I just added you to my favorites.

Thanx,
Mikey

Mikey // Posted at 3:14 pm on November 28th, 2007
30

I’m always looking for some eLearning reading. You just bumped it up a notch for me.

Peter Sullivan // Posted at 3:39 pm on June 5th, 2008
31

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32

This list is great! Thank you for putting it together. I sent it out to all my instructional designers today as a suggestion to add at least one to their morning reading list! Thank you.

Jason Franklin // Posted at 12:11 pm on July 25th, 2008
33

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34

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Micromachines : Telcop Blog // Posted at 12:03 pm on August 8th, 2008
35

Thanks for the list!

geek // Posted at 2:31 am on September 3rd, 2008
36

Great list!

Ankush
Owner & Founder, The Learned Man!
http://www.thelearnedman.com

Ankush Gupta // Posted at 3:51 pm on September 10th, 2008
37

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38

Nice job Gabe! A very useful n comprehensive list. I appreciate ur efforts.
And as a newbie in e-learning industry, i’d just like to say… “I’ll try real hard to get my blog(http://e-learning-intelligence.blogspot.com/) into that list soon.” :-)

James P Kelly // Posted at 6:43 am on December 4th, 2008
39

Cool list.Thanx a lot.

Jhangora // Posted at 4:45 pm on December 4th, 2008
40

Nice list.. Covers almost all topics under E Learning

LMS India // Posted at 3:17 am on December 18th, 2008
41

This is an interesting article. We might just have a look at some of these players for developing our content!

Thank you.

Kunal Sonawala // Posted at 5:25 am on April 10th, 2009
42

Take a look at the above site. It’s been on the web since 01.

E. Edward Siemens // Posted at 11:07 pm on May 20th, 2009
43

Yeah – Great post. I get inspiration of several of these sites. These guys do a great job presenting e-learning as a means of developing critical thinking and building experience. I have seen to many focus on putting PowerPoint files and PDFs online and calling it e-learning. It’s like giving someone an encyclopedia article on car engines and then sending them out to fix one. We have such a good platform for developing truly engaging experiences and these guys are truly leading the way.

http://illumenate.illumengroup.com
[Illumenate blog on Learning and Training]

David Charney // Posted at 5:36 pm on May 29th, 2009
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Bloggers beware… | eTravels // Posted at 10:40 pm on May 31st, 2009
45

Yeah, what Beth said.

Not sure if any of these will measure up to your quality content standards ; ) but here are some women who write about e-learning. You might want to check them out.

http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2008/10/27-inspiring-women-edubloggers.html

http://brandon-hall.com/janetclarey/?p=1253

Thanks for your list, I’ve added a few to my reader. Always nice to find some great new (to me) blogs.

Janet Clarey // Posted at 1:49 pm on July 30th, 2009
46

This is a good resource as well.

Dan B // Posted at 5:16 pm on August 19th, 2009
47

I think you have really overlooked http://www.edgalaxy.com daily updates, lesson plans and loads of teach and teaching advice. Great suggestions otherwise though

Kevin Cummins // Posted at 5:55 am on August 23rd, 2009
48

Hi my name is Kevin I really like your blog. You have inspired me to set up my lab with a bit more color than it currently has. I also have a blog that is based around helping teachers with tech and learning resources at http://www.edgalaxy.com. I a newbie to this scene and was wondering if you could refer my site somewhere on yours either in your links or articles as I feel it is really a great link like your own. I am more than happy to return the favor.
Thanks
Kevin Cummins

Kevin Cummins // Posted at 6:11 am on August 23rd, 2009
49

Thanks for the useful list of blogs! I’m sure the list could go on forever. We provide B2B instructional design & eLearning development services and I’m always looking for industry information.

These sites are bookmarked!

Cheryl McNeil

Graphik Connexions
http://www.graphikconnexions.com
“Content that Jumps off the page and into your Wallet!”

Cheryl McNeil // Posted at 10:26 am on September 11th, 2009
50

Love the list and plan to visit each site to gleen more information about elearning. ~ Marge

MKMercurio // Posted at 9:05 am on September 17th, 2009
51

Hi Gabe, hornblower here, a bit of a narrow focus, but i like to blog on the intersection of neuroscience and adult learning at http://www.elearningconsultant.com.au/wordpress. Would love a mention as I’m new to the blogosphere and want to create a really lively conversation. Thanks for anything you can do,

cheers mate
Dave

David Becker // Posted at 11:03 pm on December 20th, 2009
52

For those of you who are French speakers, I would recommend as well the following one, especially for the short videos:
http://www.innovativelearningtechnologies.fr/

Alexandra Giroux // Posted at 11:02 am on March 15th, 2010
53

take a look, we’re new to the game, but I think we have something to offer.

http://standardimagination.com/category/coverstory

Dominick // Posted at 11:43 am on June 10th, 2010
54

SkillQ is an eLearning Development and Training company out of Pensacola, FL. We’ve just started a blog at http://www.e-learning-blog.com/ where we plan to talk about all things eLearning.

We would love for you to check us out sometime and leave us some feedback!

Geo Trice // Posted at 2:18 pm on June 18th, 2010
55

The e-learning model is by far the cheapest, most convenient and reachable training model. One can train all sorts of courses. Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco, CIMA, ITIL, IBM and the list goes on and on.
The challenge here in South Africa is that we have not reached the same level as other countries but we are making strides. Check out my offerings….new venture

Abraham // Posted at 2:45 am on December 11th, 2010
56

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Five Resources « Amirpirouz's Blog // Posted at 4:20 pm on December 13th, 2010
57

Marvelous list. All the blogs mentioned in the list are great.

Hunk // Posted at 12:59 am on January 19th, 2011
58

Great compilation of links, Thanks. Some were very valuable. Rapids is still my favorite.

Ian // Posted at 4:17 pm on May 7th, 2011
59

Great List Guys I hope in the next version we may manage to get our blog on Bespoke e-learning included!

http://www.saffroninteractive.com/blog/

I’m looking forward to checking these out!

Alex Webb // Posted at 3:55 pm on July 19th, 2011
60

ok this looks like a great list. already checked the first 5 blogs on the list and i will be checking the rest of them soon.thanks alot for sharing.lots of great things in these :)

Bill bilakos // Posted at 3:42 pm on July 31st, 2011
61

Great list of e-learning blogs! Thank you for sharing :)

CB Learning // Posted at 11:20 am on September 21st, 2012
62

Thanks for this list of blogs. Very useful. I’m very interesting on e-learning development.
Thanks for share

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