When it comes to professional development, reading books on your chosen field is crucial. They can provide you with fresh ideas, different perspectives, and practical tips to enhance your skills. If you’re an eLearning designer looking to expand your knowledge, here are six books you should consider adding to your reading list.
eLearning by Design
If you’re looking for a practical resource that you can turn to whenever you need inspiration or guidance, “eLearning by Design” is a must-read. This book offers examples and insights on various aspects of eLearning design, from creating assessments to designing practice activities. It’s a valuable tool that every eLearning designer should have in their toolkit.
Design for How People Learn
“Design for How People Learn” takes a broader look at how people learn and provides design examples that capitalize on this understanding. One key takeaway from this book is the importance of identifying the problem that your training course aims to solve. By focusing on practical solutions, you can create engaging and effective learning experiences for your audience.
Better Than Bullet Points
Tired of designing eLearning courses filled with slide after slide of bullet points? “Better Than Bullet Points” offers a refreshing alternative. This book introduces alternative design approaches and techniques that go beyond traditional bullet-point slides. It also includes a CD with useful tools to enhance your eLearning courses. If you’re looking to break away from bullet point overload, this is the book for you.
Designing for mLearning
Designing for mobile learning requires a different approach than simply converting existing courses for tablets or smartphones. “Designing for mLearning” emphasizes the unique considerations and strategies for designing effective mobile learning experiences. It urges you to think beyond full courses and explore options like mini-tests or help files optimized for mobile devices. Before you dive into mobile learning, make sure to read this book.
Leaving ADDIE For SAM
If you’re tired of the traditional ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation) instructional design model, “Leaving ADDIE For SAM” offers a fresh perspective. This book introduces the Successive Approximation Model (SAM), which focuses on rapid prototyping and iterative design. It encourages designers to create prototypes early on and gather feedback before committing to the final product. It’s a great read if you’re looking for a more agile and efficient design process.
eLearning and the Science of Instruction
“eLearning and the Science of Instruction” is an essential book for two reasons. Firstly, it is evidence-based, meaning that every recommendation is backed by rigorous research. Secondly, it emphasizes the importance of simplicity and removing extraneous elements from your online training courses. For example, if there’s audio narration, there may not be a need for text on the screen. This book provides valuable insights for creating effective eLearning experiences.
This list represents just a fraction of the fantastic books available in the field of eLearning and online training. If you’re looking to expand your horizons and enhance your skills, starting with one of these books is a great choice. Happy reading!
– The 20 Most Important Books in eLearning
– eLearning by Design by William Horton
– Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
– Better Than Bullet Points by Jane Bozarth
– Designing for mLearning by Clark Quinn
– Leaving ADDIE For SAM by Michael Allen
– eLearning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E. Mayer
— Bill Cushard, author, blogger, and learning experience (LX) designer