Free Asynchronous Professional Development by, from, and for Instructional Designers: How the Informal Learning Opportunities Shape our Professional Learning and Design Practices
Journal of Applied Instructional Design
Instructional designers (IDs) need to maintain an understanding of the current trends and issues within the field. Pursuing professional learning informally supports IDs' effort to keep up with current trends and issues because it is not restricted by curriculum and time. Professional development (PD) offered by Professional Development for Instructional Designers (PD4IDs) learning group can address issues related to geographical and funding limitations. This application paper presents the
... ination of PD based on the conceptual framework (e.g., Community of Practice and Social Network Knowledge Construction) and reflections of several PD4IDs members with various roles. The reflections indicate the benefits of participating in PD for shaping IDs' professional learning and practices. Discussion and implications for IDs intending to pursue non-traditional PD are also presented.