Instructional Design Training without tuition?

Sounds great, but is it really to good to be true? Yesterday I stumbled on Chrysty’s Tucker article, from 2015 on how to get basic Instructional Design (ID) skills recommending about 12+ books. Though I strongly believe that ID requires some good training, her book recommendation is an excellent start for a teacher who wants to start with instructional design, without paying tuition. Come to think of it, if I had this information available back in 2003 when I started my MA in e-learning and career in instructional design, I might have chosen my training more wisely. It would have probably saved my time, money and frustration, but hey, it’s never too late. Come to think of it, instructional design hasn’t changed much: ok, some of us switched from ADDIE to SAM or Rapid Prototyping, but hey, all models have an analysis phase, a design, a development, an implementation and evaluation phase… on some models they’re overlapping but the theoretical framework is almost the same, more or less.

My favorites in this list:

Literaly ALL Pallof and Pratt’s books so far, I’m just missing the last one, which is too expensive as of this writing. Michael Allen’s books but I’m missing the “Leaving ADDIE for SAM” for the same reason.

My wish list:

“The Gamification of Learning and Instruction” by Karl Kapp

“The Accidental Instructional Designer” by Cammy Bean.

Time for second hand shopping in Amazon…

Author: Kostas Antoniou

I’m a German teacher and teacher trainer for the Greek Ministry of Education. In this role I teach German as a foreign language in primary, secondary and post-secondary education in public schools in Greece. Furthermore, I’m involved in teacher training and development courses, working as an E-Learning Course Designer. In 2012 I was awarded the “Excellence and Innovation Award” by the Ministry for my being part of a team, which trained more than 1500 primary and high school teachers online from 2010 to 2012.

One thought on “Instructional Design Training without tuition?”

  1. Karl Kapp just published a new book last month called Play to Learn. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks promising. Where his gamification book has lots of the research and theory behind using games for learning, Play to Learn appears to be the hands on tactics of how to actually implement games. You might want to think about which one is a better fit for you.


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