Design for Learning

Principles, Processes, and Praxis
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Our purpose in this book is twofold. First, we introduce the basic skill set and knowledge base used by practicing instructional designers. We do this through chapters contributed by experts in the field who have either academic, research-based backgrounds, or practical, on-the-job experience (or both). Our goal is that students in introductory instructional design courses will be able to use this book as a guide for completing a basic instructional design project. We also hope the book is useful as a ready resource for more advanced students or others seeking to develop their instructional design knowledge and skills.

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This e-book is free, but you can also purchase a printed copy.


& (2021). Design for Learning: Principles, Processes, and Praxis (1st ed.). EdTech Books.



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Stephen Downes
This open access book came out last year but I didn't get around to reading it until today. It's part of a series from EdTech Books. The structure of the book (434 page PDF) is captured in the title. The first part focuses on the design practice itself, while the second part underpins that practice in theory. It makes an excellent introductory text, covering a lot of ground, but in limited depth. The book's 36 chapters, each written by different authors, are short (10-15 pages) overviews of their topics. The presentation is often visual, using diagrams and tables, and many chapters have application exercises (in OLDaily,