While the fields of online and hybrid learning have received much media attention recently, many have spent decades of researching, developing and refining strategies for effective digital instruction. Those with a history in the field have come to recognize the contribution of several varied disciplines - data mining & analytics, learning theory, educational technology, evaluation, and games & simulations - in creating rich, scalable digital learning experiences. Experts and EducationXPress community members have identified their ‘short list’ or recommended reading in their respective disciplines to share the best of their fields with you. For your convenience, these seminal readings have been compiled in our Reading List with the intent of providing those new to these varied disciplines the best of the current and historical writing in each of the areas critical to success in online and hybrid learning.

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How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School
National Research Council
This popular trade book, originally released in hardcover in the spring of 1999, has been newly expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This paperback edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that...
Self-Determination Theory and the Facilitation of Intrinsic Motivation, Social Development, and Well-Being
R. M. Ryan, E. L. Deci
Human beings can be proactive and engaged or, alternatively, passive and alienated, largely as a function of the social conditions in which they develop and function. Accordingly, research guided by self-determination theory has focused on the social-contextual conditions that facilitate versus forestall the natural processes of self-motivation and healthy psychological development. Specifically...
Intelligent Tutoring Goes to School in the Big City
Kenneth Koedinger, John Anderson, William Hadley, Mary Mark
This paper reports on a large-scale experiment introducing and evaluating intelligent tutoring in an urban high school setting. Critical to the success of this project has been a client-centered design approach that has matched our client's expertise in curricular objectives and classroom teaching with our expertise in artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. The Pittsburgh Urban...
Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes
L. S. Vygotsky
The great Russian psychologist L. S. Vygotsky has long been recognized as a pioneer in developmental psychology. But somewhat ironically, his theory of development has never been well understood in the West. This book should correct much of this misunderstanding. Carefully edited by a group of outstanding Vygotsky scholars, it presents a unique selection of Vygotsky’s important essays, most of...