Whether you prefer a physical paper book, or you’re wild about ebook readers, such as Amazon Kindle, reading books is a great way to learn! Fortunately, there are many great books about elearning. Here are our top 15 favourite elearning books.

Elearning Books about Instructional Design and Content Authoring

  1. E-Learning by Design – William Horton. this elearning book is not cheap, but offers a comprehensive look at the concepts and processes of developing, creating, and implementing a successful elearning program.
  2. Design for How People Learn – Julie Dirksen. It is important to design for learners first, and this book provides an excellent basis for understanding how people learn best.
  3. E-Learning and the Science of Instruction. Now in its fourth edition, this book is a great manual for evidence-based elearning design and delivery.
  4. The Accidental Instructional Designer. Billed as a fresh, modern take on elearning instructional design. This is perfect for those starting out in elearning.
  5. Microsoft Manual of Style (4th Edition). Known as the ‘bible’ here at GLAD, the MMoS provides guidance on how to write certain words and phrases. Perfect for ensuring consistency in application training, but we use it for all courses.

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Elearning Books about Authoring Tools

  1. E-Learning Uncovered: Adobe Captivate 9. This is a comprehensive look at all the features of Adobe Captivate 9 and is a great place to start if you want to use Adobe Cp.
  2. E-Learning Uncovered: Articulate Storyline 2. It’s surely only a matter of time before they release an elearning book on Articulate Storyline 360. In the meantime, this is a great in-depth look at Storyline 2 features.

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Elearning Design Books

  1. The Non-Designer’s Design Book. For those who didn’t spend years in design school, this surprisingly comprehensive elearning book covers four main principles of great design.
  2. About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design. In this book Alan Cooper looks at the evolution and application of practical interaction design. A great look at how we interact with technology.
  3. Don’t Make Me Think. If your elearning courses contain instruction slides, explaining to users how to use the elearning course, then this is the book for you. A simple, practical look at great UX design for online technologies.

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Books about Learning Theory

  1. The Gamification of Learning and Instruction. When you are looking at your first gamification elearning project, start with this elearning book, which contains lots of great theory about gamification.
  2. Gamification Ideas into Practice. This book is the follow-up to the above book on strategies. Full of practical examples, this will help you get the most out of gamification.
  3. E-Learning and Disability in Higher Education: Accessibility Research and Practice. Ensuring your course meets accessibility guidelines is important and this book contains a wealth of information you can apply to your courses.

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