This Toolkit is a collection of tools, books, videos, courses and resources from various disciplines for those involved in design for learning experiences.

Latest research

      News & Blogs

      • The ELearning Coach - An eLearning Interface Designer's hero, Connie Malamed specializes in both visual design and elearning.
      • Hack Education - Audry Waters is an Education writer with an expert and down-to-earth grasp of the trends and issues in educational technology.
      • Usable Learning - Author and Instructional Designer Julie Dirksen shares insights on learning design and usability for learning.



      • UX Magazine is an enjoyable, well designed, quality read on all issues relevant to designers of the User Experience
      • UX Matters is a reliable source of insights and trends in user experience.
      • Elearn Magazine is a highly accessible publication of the ACM, rich in views on online learning research and practice in higher education and beyond.
      • Learning Solutions is a window into eLearning in practice with special focus on industry.
      • Interactions Magazine is a top notch fresh and scholarly look at the cutting edge in ideas and innovation in HCI.  It is a publication of the ACM and their Special Interest Group SIGCHI.


      Online Courses

      Learn by example as well as by expert by taking these excellent and free courses online.

      Web goodies

      • The Web Style Guide is a book on the fundamentals of web design.  Authors Sarah Horton and Patrick Lynch have generously made a version of the book available for free online.
      • Konigi "Tools for ideation" makes a host of wonderful resources available from superb Wireframe stencils to design inspiration.
      •  Visual Vocabulary by Jessie James Garrett's is a standardized set of shapes and connectors you can use for creating professional design artefacts and deliverables.
      • Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit is Stanford's's initiative to apply Design Thinking to Education.

      Handy Tools

      • Mental Notes, created by Stephen Anderson, is a beautiful set of cards, each describing and depicting a basic principle of web-relevant human psychology. 
      • IDEO Method cards is a 51 card deck of Design Thinking methods and a great way to stimulate and organize ideas in a workshop, in a group, or or on your own.  Note: the Design Thinking Bootcamp Bootleg has a lot of this content in a free (if less fun and versatile) format.
      • Instructional Design Guru is your cheat sheet, quick look-up app, for all those learning terms that get bandied about with abandon.


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      As designers of digital learning environments we must be well versed in everything web design in addition to the aspects of learning theory that relate to the user experience.

      I wouldn't claim to have a definitive book list here, but these are at least, a few of the books I have found incredibly useful on my journey towards best practice in Interface Design for Learning.

      A good place to start...
      Interface Design for Learning - Dorian Peters

      Education, Multimedia Learning & eLearning design
        Design, psychology & foundational prnciples
        Visualizations, infographics  other Educational Graphics
          Interaction Design, Interface Design & User Experience
          Focuses: Usability, Information Architecture, Content Strategy, Games, etc.

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