Instructional Design Resources that Stand Out

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Instructional Design

In a field that changes rapidly, it’s prudent to have solid resources to turn to for guidance. These resources can be contained in a blog, website, online course, or book format.

Utilizing as many different kinds of resources as possible provides learners with the most well-rounded, comprehensive education possible.

Some of these top instructional design resources can be found below.


The idea of learning from books may be passed over as outdated, but there is a great deal of valuable resources found within them. Here’s a sampling of the best of what’s available to enhance instructional design.

  • The Gamification of Learning and Instruction by Karl Kapp
  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David Kelley and Tom Kelley
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • Influencer: The Science of Leading Change by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
  • Michael Allen’s Guide to Elearning by Michael Allen
  • Bringing Out the Best in People by Audrey Daniels
  • Leaving ADDIE for SAM by Michael Allen with Richard Sites
  • The Accidental Instructional Designer by Cammy Bean
  • Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning Professionals by Connie Malamed
  • Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
  • Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, and James Macanufo
  • Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design by Bill Buxton

Websites and Blogs

It’s no surprise that there are a wealth of blogs and websites that offer great advice on instructional design.

Online courses

Another invaluable source of information is an online course. Online courses are often free and can be completed at a pace that suits the learner. 

There are many options available, but these are some of the best.

Technology is in a constant state of evolution that requires instructional designers to be at the top of their game in order to remain relevant in the marketplace of today. Utilizing these resources will assist designers to stay relevant and up-to-date with current aspects of instructional design.

To learn more about how Designing Digitally, Inc. approaches instructional design, contact our team today!