E-Learning Concepts and Techniques

Various authors, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Nov 24, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I had a nice time reading this 11-chapter online book this morning instead of doing my work like I'm supposed to. As the site says, "E-Learning Concepts and Techniques is a collaborative e-book project by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Department of Instructional Technology students and guest authors." The result is a quite acceptable introductory level text that not only covers the basics of traditional instructional design but also manages to incorporate mor contemporary approaches, from Siemens on learning design to the use of games in e-learning delivery. If you need an introductory text to get you up to speed in the topics discussed in OLDaily, this definitely will get you started on the right track.

(Oh - and a note for people who say there is no distinction between groups and networks: this was a network production, because each person wrote his or her own part autonomously; a group version of the same book would have all the authors collaboratively (and not independently) author the book as a whole).

Also on the subject of free online books, I also took a quick look at these software programming books published by Microsoft. As Rich Hoeg says, the ebook sites are very high quality (and worked fine in Firefox).
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