Looking for instructional design books? Various books have been written over the years, most based on instructional theories, practice, and case studies. There are many textbooks available on educational technology, instructional design and technology, teaching and learning using technology, as well as e-learning and online distance education. This site provides a non-comprehensive list of books and print resources on instructional design and technology.
Many of the listed resources are either classics in the field, the most popular, or the most recently published. These useful instructional design and e-learning books are useful to learners in schools, corporate, higher education, as well as educators, teachers, trainers, and administrators. The resources below are organized according to content areas. They are reviewed and updated from time to time.
Instructional Design Books – e-Learning and Educational Technology
Evaluating Training Programs by Donald Kirkpatrick (ASTD), 1975
Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels by Donald Kirkpatrick, 1994.
Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (Project of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology) by David H. Jonassen and Phillip Harris 2003
Handbook of Task Analysis Procedures by David H. Jonassen, Wallace H. Hannum, and Martin Tessmer 1989
Hypermedia Learning Environments: Instructional Design and Integration by Joanna Dunlap, R. Scott Grabinger, Piet Kommers, and Piet A.M. Kommers 1996
Instructional Design by Patricia L. Smith and Tillman J. Ragan 2004
Instructional Design Theories and Models: An Overview of Their Current Status by Charles Reigeluth 1983
The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning by Richard Mayer 2005
The Corporate University Handbook: Designing, Managing, and Growing a Successful Program by Mark Allen 2002
Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education (3rd Edition) by Michael Simonson, Sharon E. Smaldino, Michael Albright, and Susan Zvacek 2005
When selecting books and other literacy materials, it is important to keep in mind that books can involve much more than words. Go for books that provide variety of content and different ideas and opinions. There are many books out there. Read reviews and get suggestions from other students and instructors.
There has been a significant increase in number of published books in the areas of instructional design, educational technology, instructional technology, distance learning, and human performance technology. This is linked to research and development in the field, development of various learning theories, advancements in technology behind teaching and learning, as well as the popularity of the Internet, which has put technology at the forefront of distance learning.
Instructional design books may have a particular focus, for example K-12 education, adult education, corporate learning, training, e-learning, learning theories, and other areas that fall under the field of educational technology. Other educational resources may include activity books, transparencies, and multimedia resources.