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At DevLearn this year, I was reminded of how many great eLearning books are out there, just waiting to be cracked open. So many volumes of knowledge are waiting to be absorbed, highlighted, bookmarked, and read over and over. I think with the wealth of online resources and the supposed “death of print” we forget about books sometime. I know I’ve switched almost entirely to eBooks for my personal reading. But there is something to be said for curling up with a physical book and turning the pages and being able to write notes in the margins and fold down the corners of pages you want to revisit.


So today, let’s talk about some of the great eLearning books out there.


Elevating Learning & Development

Compilation of articles from L&D professionals at McKinsey & Company, edited by Nick Van Dam

This one was for sale at DevLearn, I believe and also recommended in the DevLearn app by another attendee. The preface is written by Elliott Masie, so you know this book is worth taking a look at. The articles cover a range of professional development and training topics—from ensuring that L&D’s efforts are closely aligned with business strategy to advancing the L&D function, designing learning solutions, deploying digital learning, executing, measuring impact, and ensuring good governance. Get it on Amazon.

Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes

Jessica Kriegel

Jessica Kriegel spoke at DevLearn 2018 about generational stereotypes and how they impact learning practices. Her session was quite popular and the book has some great reviews. Millenial stereotyping was a hot topic in the eLBX back channel this summer too, so I think Jessica’s book is worth a read. Get it on Amazon.


The Agile Enterprise: Building and Running Agile Organizations

Mario E. Moreira

As we discovered in our last eLearning Open Mic, more and more instructional design departments are incorporating bits of the Agile development methodology into their work. This book offers a very comprehensive look at Agile for those looking to be more Agile. It’s available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format, for those who want a digital option. You’re welcome 🙂


The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences

Edited by R. Keith Sawyer

Many people in the eLearning industry identify as being an “accidental instructional designer.” This book, while aimed more at classroom teachers, is a great resource for gaining knowledge of teaching, learning, and educational technology. In the most recent edition, leading scholars incorporate the latest research to provide practical advice on a wide range of issues. As always with textbooks, the hardcover is ridiculously expensive, but you can find affordable paperback and kindle versions out there. Why are textbooks so expensive?!


The eLearning Designer’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to the eLearning Development Process for New eLearning Designers

Tim Slade

On the opposite end of the spectrum, here is a book written very specifically for eLearning designers and developers, by someone who has been in the industry for a long time. This book is getting great reviews on Amazon.


slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

Nancy Duarte

I’m including this one for our diehard PowerPoint users. I know you’re out there. Written by Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, this book is full of practical approaches to visual story development that can be applied by anyone.

Get it in paperback or Kindle version.


Of course, sometimes you don’t have time to sit down with an eLearning book and read it cover to cover. So here are a few interesting articles I found.


Though Debunked, Idea of Teaching to Learning Styles Endures

Pamela Hogel, Learning Solutions Magazine

The #1 Mistake We’re All Making In L&D

David James, Looop, posted on eLearning Industry

Reinventing the Modern Learning Experience

Janice Burns, DDI, posted on Training Mag


I’d be remiss if I didn’t also plug the eLearning Brothers blog here too. Follow us for everything from instructional design tips, graphic design tutorials, webinar recaps, and more. You’ll find tons of inspiration!


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