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Top eLearning Picks

Here are our top picks for eLearning books. These books offer great advice for creating effecting eLearning.

ELEARNING AND THE SCIENCE OF INSTRUCTION

Written by Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E Mayer, this book addresses the fundamental issues related to creating eLearning. For example, it reviews the kinds of graphics that help and hurt learning and how to place text on the screen to maximize learning.

ELEARNING UNCOVERED

eLearning Uncovered is a series of books written by Diane Elkins and Desiree Pinder, that covers how to use the authoring tools Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and Lectora. 

MICHAEL ALLEN’S GUIDE TO ELEARNING

Written by Michael W. Allen, this books shows how to create meaningful, memorable and motivational eLearning.

SCENARIO-BASED ELEARNING

Scenario-based e-Learning by Ruth Colvin Clark shows you when to use scenario-based e-Learning and how to design effective scenario-based e-Learning activities.

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Top Instructional Design Picks

These books are our top picks for instructional design approaches. They outline the different approaches, methods and processes for developing training.

MAP IT: THE HANDS-ON GUIDE TO STRATEGIC TRAINING DESIGN

Cathy Moore takes a visual approach to training design in this book. Some of the issues addressed are how to choose the best format for each activity and how to create realistic activities that help people to practice what they need to know.

ISD FROM THE GROUD UP

Written by Chuck Hodell, this books outlines the ADDIE model approach to training design. The ADDIE model is one of the most frequently used approaches in developing eLearning.

THE NEW MAGER SIX PACK

This package of six books outlines Robert F Mager’s approach to training design. He shows how to decide if instruction is a appropriate, how to prepare instructional goals and how to measure if instruction is effective.

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Top Learning Theory and Strategy Picks

These books provide strategies and techniques for creating effective training.

EVIDENCE-BASED TRAINING METHODS

Ruth Colvin Clark provides an evidence-based approach to designing training.

TELLING AIN’T TRAINING

Written by Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps, this books outlines the strategies that makes training successful.

DESIGN FOR HOW PEOPLE LEARNING

Julie Dirksen shows how to use the key principles behind learning, memory and attention to create materials that help learners to better retain information.

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Miscellaneous Picks

These books offer advice on topics that can enhance your training products and business (i.e., branding, design and multimedia development).

BUILD YOUR OWN BRAND

This book, written by Robin Landa, is helpful for freelance eLearning designers who are trying to build their brand. It is a workbook, of sorts, that offer strategies, prompts and exercises for creating and marketing your brand.

THE NON-DESIGNER’S DESIGN BOOK

This book, written by Robin Williams, provides the fundamentals of graphic design and will help you to create visually appealing learning materials. 

THE ULTIMATE FREELANCER’S GUIDEBOOK

This book, written by Yuwanda Black, offers great advice for freelance eLearning designers who are trying to build their business.

VIDEO SCRIPT WRITING

This quick read, by Jonathan Halls, shows how to write better scripts for digital videos.

START YOUR OWN ELEARNING OR TRAINING BUSINESS

This book provides a step-by-step guide for starting an eLearning business.