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2012 Wrap-Up: Our Top 13 L&D Bloggers

Friday, December 21, 2012
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For any readers who have attempted a year-end wrap-up, you know they can be tricky for a number of reasons: There is normally so much to discuss, limited space in which to do so, and let’s face it, they can be a little hokey. But regardless, I think the best way to wrap up this year is with a big thank you.

With the launch of the Communities of Practice model this year, we have received vast support and appreciation from many of you. Your readership, contributions, questions, and suggestions encapsulate what the new structure is all about—engaging with each other in the spirit of professional empowerment. Whether through this Community newsletter, the Yammer network for ISD professionals, or the L&D Blog, the growth and participation have been unbelievable.

So continuing in that spirit of community, I thought I would round up some of the bloggers and websites that have been on my go-to list in 2012. Here is a not-so-round number, in no particular order:

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  1. Connie Malamed – Updates and advice on e-learning and adult cognition, plus many great “best” lists.
  2. Allison Rossett – Insights from a true e-learning guru. Her recent posts on mobile learning are a highlight.
  3. Don Clark – Not a blog per se, but features articles on just about everything L&D—a virtual encyclopedia.
  4. Judy Unrein – Consistently smart takes on e-learning design, the profession, and boiling hot trends.
  5. Jay Cross – Cross’s take on the changing face of how individuals and organizations learn. Look out for Jay’s Google+ group.
  6. Jane Hart – Resources, tips and dynamic commentary around social and collaborative learning.
  7. Dan Steer – A wide variety of L&D topics, Prezi tips from Dan and others. Plus Dan is just a really good writer.
  8. The PM Blog – A ton of diverse commentary on L&D, HR, OD and numerous related hot topics
  9. Harold Jarche – Almost daily observations and curated tools and ideas from around social media.
  10. David Kelly – Features curated backchannels with resources from dozens of learning events and conferences.
  11. Julie Dirksen – An always honest, practical look at training design methods. Plus her book is fantastic.
  12. The OpenSesame Blog – Intelligent, current, and frequently funny community—some terrific guests as well.

Am I missing anyone? Email me or comment below with any other suggestions.

Happy Holidays to all, and best wishes for a prosperous and learning-filled 2013!

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