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Top Books for Instructional Design

If you’re a bookworm like me, then you must be happy to know how many great books have been written about instructional design! Some of them are the foundational books of modern eLearning, and some, though they come from different spheres, turn out to be super helpful for instructional designers too. Without further ado, meet the 17 best books on ID:

  1. Design for How People Learn (Voices That Matter), by Julie Dirksen

  2. The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age, by Cammy Bean

  3. Michael Allen’s Guide to e-Learning: Building Interactive, Fun, and Effective Learning Programs for Any Company

  4. Leaving ADDIE for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences, by Michael Allen and Richard Sites

  5. Map It: The Hands-on Guide to Strategic Training Design, by Cathy Moore

  6. e-Learning by Design, by William Horton

  7. e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer

  8. The Essentials of Instructional Design: Connecting Fundamental Principles with Process and Practice, by Abbie H. Brown and Timothy D. Green

  9. The Non-Designer’s Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice, by Robin Williams

  10. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

  11. The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education, by Karl M. Kapp

  12. The Mom Test: How to talk to customers and learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you, by Rob Fitzpatrick

  13. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek

  14. The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand, by Lee LeFever

  15. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, by Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizup

  16. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, by Nancy Duarte

  17. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, by Tom and David Kelley

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