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Books on Instructional Design

This is the collection of the best instructional design books. Click on the titles for more information.

real world instructional design
Real World Instructional Design
Kathy Cenammo, Deby Kalk
conditions of learning
The Conditions of Learning: Training Applications
Robert Gagne and Karen Medsker
The Systematic Design of Instruction
Walter Dick, Lou Carey, James Carey
instructional design theory

Instructional-Design Theories and Models: A New Paradigm of Instructional Theory, Vol. 2
Charlie Reigeluth

Rapid Instructional Design: Learning ID Fast and Right
George M. Piskurich

learning to solve problems

Learning to Solve Problems: An Instructional Design Guide
David H. Jonassen

trends and issues

Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (2nd Edition)
Robert Reiser and John V. Dempsey

instructional design

Instructional Design
Patricia Smith, Tillman Ragan

Principles of Instructional Design
obert Gagne, Walter Wager, Katharine Golas, and John M. Kelle

designing effective instruction

Designing Effective Instruction
Gary Morrison, Steven Ross, Jerrold Kemp, and Howard Kalman

5 elements of instructional design

5 Elements of Instructional Design
Hilary R. Estey

basics of ISD

Basics of Instructional Systems Development
Chuck Hodell


Books on Usability

don't make me think Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Steve Krug
open here
Open Here: The Art of Instructional DesignPaul Mijksenaar, Piet Westendorp
jakob nielsen Designing Web Usability
Jakob Nielsen
Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices
Dan Saffer


Other Instructional Design Books

Crawford, Chris, The Art of Interactive Design, No Starch Press, 2002.

The Timeless Way of Building, by Christopher Alexander
Though it's about architecture, it provides an excellent metaphor for designing anything.

The Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman
This classic offers numerous examples to illustrate the principles of designing user-friendly systems. While most of the book discusses industrial design, the content also applies to information design. An interesting read!

Things That Make Us Smart, by Don Norman
This book is probably the most readable of the group. It deals with the use of technology in education, and several sections cover active learning environments.

Mindstorms, by Seymour Papert
Another classic in the field! The book discusses the use of LOGO--a computer programming language for children--as a tool for active learning. Papert also reviews and offers solutions for some of the problems with modern education. Besides being a quick read, this book has its entertaining moments. To truly appreciate this book, it helps to know LOGO.

Engines for Education, by Roger Schank
This is one of the few books offering an instructional design model for creating systems that empower learners. This invaluable resource is also available on the web.

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