Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology

Historical Roots and Current Trends
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This book received the 2018 AECT Outstanding Book Award!

"What is this field?" "Where have we come from as a discipline, and where are we going?" "What do I want to study?"These and other questions are typical for new students in the field of Learning and Instructional Design Technology. This textbook is designed to help answer these questions and provide the quickest route to understanding the history and current trends in the field. After surveying classic theories and writings, as well as more recent applications of theory and practice, students will be better prepared to chart their own course and careers within the discipline. This book is designed to support foundations courses common in departments, as well as seminars on current trends and issues.

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(2018). Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology (1st ed.). BYU Open Textbook Network.



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Dennis Beck

What I like best about this book is that it does a great job of comprehensively covering all of the important topics in educational technology today, without claiming to do so. And the open nature of the book means that it is quite literally open for more chapters on emerging ideas and concepts, and chapter updates... so it can continue to be a comprehensive source for those teaching a course in the foundations of learning and instructional design technology. Moreover, its chapter format makes it easy to assign individual chapters as readings for more specifically focused courses. I highly recommend this resource for any educational technology faculty but also for general education faculty who may want to use some of the chapters for their own courses.