My Favorite Books and Resources for Instructional Designers

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to any instructional designer is to be constantly open and curious about not just the subject matter you're working with, but also the learning and development industry as a whole as. This innate curiosity can help you stay current and keep the passion alive for what you're doing. 

While I was preparing for  The Accidental Instructional Designer webinar, I had received a handful of questions about my top resources for IDs. So today I'm sharing with you my favorite  books and resources for instructional designers. I've split this list into the four key elements I believe instructional designers need to be savvy in:  

Learning and Pedagogy 

  • City & Guilds Kineo Top Tips & Guides
  • Design for How People Learn, Julie Dirksen
  • eLearning & The Science of Instruction, Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer
  • Michael Allen's Guide to E-Learning, Michael Allen 
  • The Conditions of Learning and Theory of Instruction, Robert Gagne
  • Training Complex Cognitive Skills, Jeroen J.G. van Merriënboer
  • The Fifth Dsicpline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organisation, Peter Senge

Creative

  • Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman
  • In Pursuit of Elegance, Matthew May 
  • Slide:ology, Nancy Duarte
  • Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds
  • The Non-Designers Design Book, Robin Williams
  • The Artists's Way, Julia Cameron
  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  • Digital Photography School 

Technology 

Business 

  • Flawless Consulting, Peter Bock
  • Implementing eLearning, Lance Dublin and Jay Cross
  • What Every Manager Show Know About Training, Robert Mager
  • Harvard Business Review

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Is there a book that has completely inspired you? Or do you have a go-to resource that tops your list? Any reviews on the titles I've mentioned? Leave your comments below, I'd love to hear from you, and what some of your favorite resources are. 

 
 
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