If you are new to elearning you will need a solid foundation on instructional design. Elearning is not building courseware using a rapid development tools, you need justify the design decisions you make when you are designing instruction, if you are not getting a formal degree the list I have compiled below might help you as a start.
If you are a self-taught individual like me and you want to learn about elearning and instructional design, I have compiled a list of books I have studied so far and which can start you right away. Spend a lot of time studying these books, it will be worth it.
There are books on elearning authoring tools, such as Articulate Storyline, that deal with tips and examples on using the software, but you need to know the theory to make informed design choices. For this reason, the list includes books on instructional design. The books are ordered in order from first read to last.
- e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning
- Principles of Instructional Design
- Systematic Design of Instruction, The (6th Edition)
- Design for How People Learn (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter)
- Instructional Design
- Designing Successful e-Learning, Michael Allen’s Online Learning Library: Forget What You Know About Instructional Design and Do Something Interesting
- E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide
- Designing Effective Instruction
I have recently acquired an interest in Games and Gamification of Elearning, I have started reading Karl Kapp’s book. I have also read some papers but this reading will keep me busy for some time.
Another area that seems interesting is immersive engineering (I guess I like the engineering part, since I am an engineer). I will be posting resources on that soon.