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Cary Glenn

My go to books are:

  • "Designing Effective Instruction" by Morrison, Ross, and Kemp
  • "Planning Programs for Adult Learners" by Caffarella
  • The works of M. David Merrill http://mdavidmerrill.com/Papers/papers.htm
  • "Scenario-Based e-Learning" by Ruth Colvin Clark
  • "Design For How People Learn" by Julie Dirksen

Although older and a little dated I would also suggest reading Mager's books on instructional design and Kirkpatrick's "Evaluating Training Programs".

Sheila Bulthuis

Dave - couldn't agree more, the basic tenets of instructional design are the same regardless of delivery method!

In addition to Mager's Making Instruction Work, I'd recommend another book in that series, Preparing Instructional Objectives.  I don't think the process needs to be quite as involved as it's made out to be in the book, I do think it's great for anyone new-ish to ID.

Specific to e-Learning, I love Ruth Clark's e-Learning and the Science of Instruction.

Dave Neuweiler

Sheila Cole-Bulthuis said:

Dave - couldn't agree more, the basic tenets of instructional design are the same regardless of delivery method!

In addition to Mager's Making Instruction Work, I'd recommend another book in that series, Preparing Instructional Objectives.  I don't think the process needs to be quite as involved as it's made out to be in the book, I do think it's great for anyone new-ish to ID.

Specific to e-Learning, I love Ruth Clark's e-Learning and the Science of Instruction.


Right on, Sheila.