Here are five excellent downloadable resources that clearly outline basic e-learning principles in clear, easy-to-understand language:
Six principles of effective e-learning by Ruth Clark (Free 10-page .pdf from the eLearning Guild)
E-Learning: A Guidebook of Principles, Procedures and Practices by Som Naidu, Ph.D. (a free 100-page .pdf book published by the Commonwealth of Learning)
Efficiency in e-Learning: Proven Instructional Methods for Faster, Better, Online Learning by Frank Nguyen and Ruth Colvin Clark (Free 8-page downloadable .pdf from the e-Learning Guild)
E-learning Tools and Resources: Putting Principles into Practice by Wendy Chambers (A 41-page .pdf. I’ll put in plug for Wendy here. She’s a personal friend of mine and I can tell you, she really knows her stuff.)
Back to Basics: Using Adult Learning Principles to Create E-Learning Success by Steven R. Aragon (a 10-page .pdf. Note: This document opens in a separate window.)
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.