Bill HortonIf I had to pick one eLearning must-read, it would be Bill Horton’s eLearning by Design. I first reviewed the book when it hit the market in 2007. In my interview with Bill Horton today, he stands by most of what he wrote three years ago. I was skeptical initially—Bill and his partner Kit had simply dropped out of the eLearning community and taken a sabbatical over a year ago. After being a prolific workshop instructor and keynote speaker, Bill was nowhere to be seen. I was shocked that “the book” was not even for sale in the eLearning Guild’s Annual Gathering’s bookstore this year. Yet colleagues kept asking, “Where are the Hortons?”

In the interview below, Bill talks about his views on formal learning and how its decline affects eLearning designers. Listen to the interview to catch a glimpse at what Bill has been up to in the last 12 months, and you’ll hear his renewed commitment to a new type of eLearning!