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Jun 2011

E-Learning Uncovered: From Concept to Execution | Book reviews

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Shaping the future of learning

Looking for a basic primer on the traditional elearning development process? Need a good overview of how to get a self-paced elearning project going from top to bottom? Then this is your book, baby.

In this easy to read volume, Desiree Ward and Diane Elkins provide a comprehensive view of the elearning process, including definitions of key terms, tips for working with vendors, the basics on authoring tools and LMSs (including requirements checklists) and useful lists of questions you should answer at key stages in the process.

Dedicated chapters focus on each stage of the ADDIE process (Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate). Regardless of whether or not you think ADDIE is dead, you still need to be able to talk the talk.

It’s all fairly high level (they crammed a lot into this highly skimmable volume), so don’t expect deep dives into any one subject. But as an orientation tool, we’d give it an A. In fact, we handed our copy off to one of our newest team members to give him a high level view of the industry and what goes into producing an elearning project.

The table of contents provides a detailed view of what’s in the book, making it easy for you to jump right in and find what you need.

New instructional designers or those looking to break into the field would be well advised to crack open the binding on this one, as it lays down the process from, well, concept to execution. However, it’s not a design book, so don’t come here expecting design inspiration or looking to learn the basics of instructional design.

We’d also suggest this book for organisations getting started in elearning and trying to navigate the terrain.

More experienced practitioners may enjoy the book as a reminder of best practices (we all get lazy and stuck in our ways!) and a handy reference tool, but don’t expect lots of deep learning.

And finally, the authors have created a useful companion website, which provides downloadable checklists and templates – everything from stakeholder worksheets to LMS checklists and storyboard templates Browse the site at:


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Shaping the future of learning

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