Instructional Design books recommendations

Are you new in Instructional Design and looking for good books on this field? Or maybe you’re an experienced ID’er but you want to know if there’s something new you should know.  Or you just want to refresh some concepts but you don’t know whether there’s something new out there worth to read.

If you’re are in some of these situations I highly recommend you to carry on reading the following post.

A friend of mine asked me for advice about an Instructional Design book worth to read. I recommended her some: Principles of Instructional Design by Robert M. Gagne, Michael Allen’s Guide to E-Learning by Michael W. Allen among others.

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But then, I thought, maybe other ID professionals could help me to recommend some more. That’s the reason why I started a debate on Linkedin asking for Instructional Design books recommendations.

During the exchange of resources I thought it could be a good idea to turn on all this valuable information in a resource and to upload it in an easy place to find.

My idea was to turn on this resource in something:

  • Available for everybody, in other words: open.
  • Shareable, so you can link it wherever you want.
  • Editable, so that everybody who wants to share a new resource can add it and increase the list.

Some of the recommendations made by the Linkedin group members of Instructional Design are the following.

  • Principles of Instructional Design by Robert M. Gagne
  • Michael Allen’s Guide to E-Learning by Michael W. Allen
  • Preparing Instructional Objectives : A Critical Tool in the Development of Effective Instruction by Robert F. Mager
  • The Online Learning Idea Book: 95 Proven Ways to Enhance Technology-Based and Blended by Patti Shank
  • eLearning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Colvin Clark
  • Understanding by Design by Grant P. Wiggins, Jay McTighe
  • The Learning & Development Book by Mary Stewart, Trish Emerson
  • Design for How People Learn by Dirksen
  • The Systematic Design of Instruction by Walter Dick, Lou M. Carey y James O. Carey
  • Transferring Learning to Behavior: Using the four levels to improve performance by Donald L Kirkpatrick y James D Kirkpatrick
  • Figuring Things Out: A trainer’s Guide to Needs and Task Analysis by Ron Zemke y T. Kramlinger
  • Instructional-Design Theories and Models Volume II by Charles M. Reigeluth
  • Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Performance by Thomas F. Gilbert
  • No more spilled ink. Writing for instructional design by Connie Malamed
  • Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide by Marjorie Vai & Kristen Sosulski
  • Performance Consulting, A Practice Guide for HR and Learning Professionals by Dana Gaines Robinson and James C. Robinson
  • E-learning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth C. Clark and Richard E. Mayer

If you’re interested in reading the comments written by Linkedin members, just click the link to follow up the discussion: Instructional Design books recommendations

If you want to add another interesting book feel free to do it, but don’t forget to leave a comment for the rest of readers.

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  3. ¡Hola Rosalie! Gracias por este espacio de colaboración y construcción de conocimiento. Me encantaría que se pudiera agregar al listado de libros, una columna donde indicar si existe su traducción al castellano y/o agregar otras obras que estén editadas en castellano directamente. Sería muy útil para mí, que no domino el inglés como para acceder a toda esta interesante bibliografía en su idioma original. ¡Un abrazo!

    1. Hola Silvina,
      Gracias por comentar. En principio el documento es editable, si no lo monté mal 😛 así que si quieres añadir alguna información adicional que encuentres “feel free”.

      He añadido la columna que me pedías sin embargo, comentarte que si no recuerdo mal estos no tienen versión traducida.

      Sin embargo te animo a que consultes alguno en VO, sobretodo el de Julie Dirksen y que todo el mundo comenta. Es fácil de leer y no tendrás problemas para entenderlo 😉


      1. ¡Gracias por respuesta, Rosalie! Qué pena que no estén traducidos. Seguiré tu sugerencia y en caso de encontrar algo en español, lo agrego. ¡Un beso!

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  7. I would also add Instructional Design for ELearning by Marina Arshavskiy. I recently bought that book and consider it a great addition to my instructional design library.

  8. Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.
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