The second posting on key reading recommendations will focus on eLearning.  A lot of my reading and reference materials in this area is dominated by technology, programming language, and authoring tool books and references.  However, I have a number of suggestions for eLearning, many of which are transferrable to training and/or HPI as well.

eLearning Specific:

  • Allen, M. W. (2007). Designing successful e-learning: Forget what you know about instructional design and do something interesting. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.
  • Bingham, T., & Conner, M. (2010). The new social learning: A guide to transforming organizations through social learning. Alexandria VA: ASTD Press.
  • Clark, R. C., & Mayer, R. E. (2003). E-Learning and the science of instruction: Proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer.
  • Horton, W., & American Society for Training and Development. (2001). Evaluating e-learning. Alexandria, VA: American Society for Training & Development.
  • Marquardt, M. J., Kearsley, G., & American Society for Training and Development. (1999). Technology-based learning: Maximizing human performance and corporate success. Boca Raton: St. Lucie Press.
  • Richardson, W. (2009). Blogs, wikis, podcasts: And other powerful web tools for classroms. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press.
  • Van Dam, N. (2004). The e-learning fieldbook: Implementation lessons and case studies from companies that are making e-learning work. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Ruth Clark plays a critical role in taking research and making it relevant and understandable; Clark and Mayer provide an excellent researched based primer on elearning design (newer edition available).  Michael Allen, while I often disagree with him during his presentations – I also call upon him and his design team for inspiration.  Horton provides the contribution that we should be evaluating at level-0; do people even use it?  Marquardt is very out of date, but has some good lessons.  Richardson provides a good background on Web 2.0 technologies (update available).


  • Clark, R. C. (2008). Building expertise: Cognitive methods for training and performance improvement. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.
  • Clark, R. C. (2010). Evidence-based training methods: A guide for training professionals. Alexandria, Va: ASTD Press.
  • Clark, R. C., & Lyons, C. C. (2011). Graphics for learning: Proven guidelines for planning, designing, and evaluating visuals in training materials. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.
  • Rosenberg, M. J. (2006). Beyond e-learning: Approaches and technologies to enhance organizational knowledge, learning, and performance. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.

You will see Clark dominates this list.  Ruth Colvin Clark is my go-to author for understanding research implications on training and eLearning; I think she should be yours too.

Transferrable Ideas:

  • Cross, J. (2007). Informal learning: Rediscovering the natural pathways that inspire innovation and performance. San Francisco: Pfeiffer/Wiley.
  • Reynolds, G. (2008). Presentation zen: Simple ideas on presentation design and delivery. Berkeley, CA: New Riders Pub.
  • Roam, D. (2008). The back of the napkin: Solving problems and selling ideas with pictures. New York: Portfolio.
  • Tapscott, D., & Williams, A. D. (2006). Wikinomics: How mass collaboration changes everything. New York: Portfolio.

I draw on Reynolds and Roam to try and expand my limited graphics design abilities and sensibilities.  Tapscott, I include him because he gives good arguments for crowd-sourcing and collaboration.  Cross say's that he has moved on, as the meme of informal learning has taken hold – I agree with some groups, but not everyone.  If you have not read Cross, really the first on informal learning and the implications on HPI and training, then you need to read it.