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Lisa Wesley

I forgot to add if you own a ipad or iphone don't forget to check your libraries first.  I read a lot and with the kindle app on my ipad and my library card, I'm able to hook into the Phoenix Library and download books for free. I have family in Michigan that hold library cards for the Detroit Public Library, we share cards to they can tap into my electronic portion of Phoenix library and I can tap into theirs.  With the economy being as is this is another great source for getting books.

Rachel Leigh

Ari Avivi said:

Okay lots of books, can anyone suggest any great pdf's  - I'm being horribly cheap righ tnow


Hi Ari, 

If you're a $99 member of the eLearning Guild, there are PDFs on the site they may be of help to you depending on what you do at your job and where you're at in your knowledge base of design and development.  You also get free Webinars too.

Rachel Leigh

For Captivate users there is also this book: 

E-Learning Uncovered: Adobe Captivate 5.5 by Diane Elkins.  I haven't read it, but I have the one on Articulate.  There are some skills and drills books on Captivate 5 by Kevin Siegel.  He also has a new one out on script writing and production although right now it is only available through Kindle.

Melanie Sobie

Ari Avivi said:

Okay lots of books, can anyone suggest any great pdf's  - I'm being horribly cheap righ tnow

 Here are two great sources for lots of reading via free downloadable pdf documents:

Great articles on the Learning Solutions Magazine website.

     http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/

Great papers, guides and articles on the Kineo website (Resources tab).

     http://www.kineo.com/us/elearning-resources/elearning-resources-home.html

Rachel Leigh

Lisa Wesley said:

Showemimo Adebare said:

Great Discussion about having a degree on Instructional design or not! Tom I have a question for you." Is there any University that offer a degree or master in instructional design?" becuase all I know is that of Educational Technology. I love instructional design and to me because of globalization is the father of modern education. Tom! I will really love have a list of  university that offers instructional design at degree or master level


Showemimo,

I can not say enough great things about my Walden University Instructional Design and Technology degree I earned from there.  Many wonderful doors have been opened to me and I have found that in the corporate sector where I work, Walden's education is way beyond where these corporate learning departments are right now. The cost was in line with other universities.  Walden University is only one of two universities that offer a B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology with different emphasis areas.  They offer alumni 15% off tuition if they come back for their masters program. Also 4 of my B.S classes transfered into the Master's program which came out to saving me an addition 9 credits I did not have to take for my Master's in Instructional Design. 

Now about the man that is the head of the Instructional Design department Dr. Mark Clauburg.  One word "Outstanding" Dr. Clauburg goes way beyond just being an instructor. He actually helped prepare me for my first job interview 12 weeks before I graduated, which I landed.  The curriculum is challenging but once again I can not stress how advanced it is to real world corp. learning.

So to some up I will have a B.S. and M.S. in instructional Design from Walden University that will cost me a total of $55,000. I really think it is the best deal out there.  Good Luck.

Ps. One of  my books of choice that I call my bible is Rapid Instructional Design - George Pikruich - wonderful use of the ADDIE model in Rapid Prototyping. This is handy if you work in the corporate sector where everything needs to be done yesterday.

There are very few non-profit colleges or universities that currently offer a bachelor's degree in instructional design and development so the for-profit higher education sector is appropriately responding to the demand for bachelor's degrees in this field by offering them.  Dr. Kurt Rowley did some research on this topic.  The name of the article is Meeting Market Demand for Bachelor-level Instructional Designers.  If you do a Google search for it, you'll find the article; it's a short read. 
Rachel Leigh

Rachel Leigh said:

For Captivate users there is also this book: 

E-Learning Uncovered: Adobe Captivate 5.5 by Diane Elkins.  I haven't read it, but I have the one on Articulate.  There are some skills and drills books on Captivate 5 by Kevin Siegel.  He also has a new one out on script writing and production although right now it is only available through Kindle.


I take that back, you can buy the hard copy version from Iconlogic's site:
http://www.iconlogic.com/adobe-captivate-5-script-writing-production-guide-iconlogic.htm

El Burgaluva

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this excellent list of resources. I spent a few hours yesterday reading and weighing up different reviews on Amazon, etc. in an effort to narrow it down to a manageable and immediately useful starting list.

I have a question about Michael Allen's Guide to Elearning. It was published 10 years ago. How much is out of date or not-so-relevant-anymore? And what's the difference between that one and his other book, Designing Successful Elearning

Which one should I buy?

Or should I buy both?

Thanks very much! 

Rachel Leigh

El Burgaluva said:

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this excellent list of resources. I spent a few hours yesterday reading and weighing up different reviews on Amazon, etc. in an effort to narrow it down to a manageable and immediately useful starting list.

I have a question about Michael Allen's Guide to Elearning. It was published 10 years ago. How much is out of date or not-so-relevant-anymore? And what's the difference between that one and his other book, Designing Successful Elearning

Which one should I buy?

Or should I buy both?

Thanks very much! 

The number of recent and pertinent books can be overwhelming. I don't have either of these books, but recently bought Michael Allen's 2012 eLearning Annual.  I've only read a little bit so I can't tell you too much.  I bought it for some of the specific chapters in it although they all look good!
Nick n/a

This is an old thread. But I'd like to bring it to life again to help those new to elearning and Instructional Design.

Jeff is an example of an eager learner.

Does anyone have any recent books or online articles/pdfs on elearning they can contribute to this thread?

I'll start by adding this article from the elearning guild by Ruth Clark which offered me a gentle introduction to elearning.

'Six Principles of Effective E-Learning: What Works and Why?'

http://www.elearningguild.com/pdf/2/091002DES-H.pdf

Nicholas

Scott Winstead

Anything by Michael Allen is worth reading and processing, either under his single authorship or in co-authorship. I, for one, enjoyed reading his Leaving ADDIE for SAM. In fact, I did a lot of reading myself and came up with a 100-book list of great ID works by various specialists https://myelearningworld.com/instructional-design-books/. Enjoy!