Books by William Horton

William Horton has written numerous e-learning books (and coauthored one with Katherine, his wife).  Here is a list of his most popular e-learning books, along with some popular books on document and user-interface design, with links to where you can purchase them. Many of these books have companion resources available. Click the book title to see these available resources.

E-learning books

One of several e-learning books by William Horton: E-learning by DesignE-Learning by Design, second edition

2011, 615 pages
Published by: John Wiley & Sons

The second edition of this bestselling e-learning design book offers a comprehensive look at the concepts and processes of designing and developing a successful e-learning program. This practical, down-to-earth resource is filled with clear information and instruction without over simplification. The book helps instructors build customized e-learning programs from scratch—building on core principles of instructional design to: develop meaningful activities and lessons; create and administer online tests and assessments; design learning games and simulations; and implement an individualized program. Read more …

E-learning books: E-learning Tools and TechnologiesE-Learning Tools and Technologies

2003, 592 pages
Published by: John Wiley & Sons

In this in-depth book, recognized E-Learning experts William and Katherine Horton survey the entire field of E-Learning tools for you. They provide you with a systematic way to identify, evaluate, and choose products and services based on different E-Learning scenarios.  Read more …

Leading E-learningLeading E-Learning

2001, 130 pages
Published by ASTD

Leading E-Learning is for people who want to lead their organization into the e-learning age. It is for those who want to see their organization use e-learning effectively and wisely, not just “do e-learning.” It is for those who are willing to honestly deal with the complexities of e-learning to achieve its considerable potential. And it is for those who want to take charge of the change and not leave it to vendors and external consultants. Read more …

Evaluating E-learningEvaluating E-Learning

2001, 130 pages
Published by ASTD

Evaluation means, literally, assigning a value to. It answers questions about the value of your e-learning course or project. Evaluation teaches you about how well your learning solutions work and how you can improve them. This book shows how to apply proven methods to the task of evaluating e-learning. Read more …

Using E-learningUsing E-Learning

2002, 175 pages
Published by ASTD

Using E-Learning explains how to use e-learning for corporate purposes, not as an end in itself. With this book you can develop a comprehensive, concrete, and specific strategy for using e-learning in your organization. Read more …

 Interface and document design books

In addition to writing e-learning books, William has also written a number of books on various aspects of user-interface and online documentation design.

The Icon BookThe Icon Book

1994, 417 pages
Published by:John Wiley & Sons

The Icon Book presents clear, step-by-step guidelines for designing instantly recognizable, fully understandable, and reliably memorable computer icons and icon sets for domestic and international use. Read more …

Designing and Writing Online DocumentationDesigning and Writing Online Documentation

Written by an internationally renowned pioneer in the field of technical communication, this is an incomparable guide to the art and science of creating online documents and documentation systems. Rather than concentrating on any one particular program or operating system, William Horton cuts to the heart of effective human-computer interaction and extrapolates a set of universal principles that can be applied to any form of online documentation-from messages, menus, and help files, to computer tutorials and hypertexts. Maintaining an end-user’s perspective throughout, he guides you step by step through every crucial design decision without ever losing sight of the final goal-clear, effective online documentation that people enjoy using. Read more.

Secrets of User-Seductive DocumentsSecrets of User-Seductive Documents

1997, 83 pages
Published by: William Horton Consulting

Secrets of User-Seductive Documents provides tips and techniques to ensure your documents (both printed and electronic) are noticed, read, understood, and remembered. Read more …


Illustrating Computer Documentation Illustrating Computer Documentation

1991, 329 pages
Published by: William Horton Consulting

Illustrating Computer Documentation is the first guide for documentation specialists who need to communicate difficult technical information clearly through the use of graphics. Read more …


Developing Knowledge ProductsDeveloping Knowledge Products

2001, 134 pages
Published by: William Horton Consulting

Developing Knowledge Products explains our Ergoglyphics® Methodology for creating effective e-learning, online documents, and knowledge management systems. Read more …


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