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e-Learning by Design Paperback – 18 Nov 2011
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From the Back Cover
Since the first edition of E–learning by Design, e–learning has evolved rapidly and fringe techniques have moved into the mainstream. Underlying and underwriting these changes in e learning are advances in technology and changes in society.
The second edition of the bestselling book E–Learning by Design offers a comprehensive look at the concepts and processes of developing, creating, and implementing a successful e–learning program. This practical, down–to–earth resource is filled with clear information and instruction without over simplification. The book helps instructors build customized e–learning programs from scratch building on core principles of instructional design to: develop meaningful activities and lessons; create and administer online tests and assessments; design learning games and simulations; and implement an individualized program.
"Every newcomer to the field will find this edition indispensable, while professionals will find much needed contemporary information to manage the rapid changes happening in our field. Even if you own the first edition, buy this update as soon as possible."
Michael W. Allen, CEO of Allen Interactions, Inc.; author, Michael Allen′s e–Learning Library Series
"Covers the full range of options for presenting learning materials online including designing useful topics, engaging activities, and reliable tests and it takes into account the realities and issues of today′s instructional designers, such as social learning and mobile learning."
Saul Carliner, associate professor, Concordia University; author, The E–Learning Handbook
"Horton nails it! Perfectly timed, robust, and practical, this second edition of brings together the latest strategies for learning without losing its critical premise technology enables e–learning, but great design makes it work."
Marc J. Rosenberg, e–learning strategist; author, Beyond E–Learning
"An e–learning encyclopedia loaded with detailed guidelines and examples ranging from basic instructional design techniques to the latest applications in games, social media, and mobile–learning. An essential reference for anyone involved in e–learning design, development, or evaluation"
Ruth Colvin Clark, author, e–Learning and the Science of Instruction
About the Author
William Horton is a leading e–learning consultant and president of William Horton Consulting, Inc. He is the author or co–author of numerous books including E–learning by Design, Designing and Writing Online Documentation, Leading E–learning, Evaluating E–learning, Using E–learning, Secrets of User–Seductive Documents, E–learning Tools and Technologies, Getting Started in Online Learning, and The Web Page Design Cookbook.
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The worst thing about the kindle book is that there are no page numbers. So if the instructor tells us to pay particular attention to page 253 I have to ask for a specific phrase from this page to search. Even then, page 253 may be broken into multiple locations, so you have no idea where page 253 begins and ends.
As far as searching, you are unable to "go to" a particular page, only a "location" (which is totally meaningless). Looking at a screen\page shows I am on Location 3509 out of 16180. The books itself will recommend looking at examples on specific pages, but you are unable to get to that page....no hyper link to that page or way to search for it.
Great book! Sits now on top of my Michael Allen E-Learning books. I also liked Horton's apparent attitude that philosophizing does not solve instructional problems, but offering solid detailed solution approaches can.
So many times, e-learning products are limited, not by cost or technology, but by our own short-sighted view of the "realm of the possible." This book has certainly expanded my horizons. It is a great desk-reference.
The book can be useful both to internal HRD departments and independent trainer/designers. Even if you don't want to design e-learning, this information can help you sort out credible from mediocre contractors and give you idea of how to work with them better.
First, Horton covers design considerations and decisions you may not think of (even if you're experienced) and ways to make e-learning come alive.
Early in the book, Horton states that the primary purposes for e-learning are do, act, and decide. Departing information is a secondary cause (and, if you think about it, sort of a waste of time if you want training to have real value and application in the workplace). This is a *great* place to start from if you're serious about creating real value with your e-learning project.
You can also get a good idea of how to use different programs (Flash, Powerpoint et al) various programs to add both punch and power to your e-learning project.
You can use this book as a guide and starting point to creating good, effective e-learning experiences. This is a major undertaking and, I think, can have real payoffs.
Horton also offers ideas for evaluation.
There is no magic bullet to this and this book doesn't pretend to offer it.
I would have liked a CD to go with it (a lot of material is available of Horton's web site).
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