Textbooks with online content that goes along with the reading can be very effective if done right.
What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?
The basic idea is you have short chapters and each chapter only covers one new concept. Each chapter builds on the previous knowledge so when you learn something new, you are also practicing the previous chapters. When you finish reading a chapter, there is a very short online test that you take.
This book has a couple of things going for it:
1. Complimentary online learning software (That is Extremely Accessible)
2. Digestible lesson segments
*** Complimentary Learning Software ***
When you finish a chapter, you take an online test that helps you to internalize what you just read in the book. The software has many strengths. Its biggest strength is it's accessibility. You don't have to log into some complicated login system where you have to set up a username and password. All the lessons are completely open to the public. Check it out for yourself: http://www.asmarterwaytolearn.com/js/17.html
The next strength of the online learning tool is it didn't cost the author Mark Myers that much to make. It has an extremely simple design, yet offers high levels of interactivity.
*** Digestible Lesson Segments ***
There is the perfect amount of work to do to make a daily habit of doing chapters in the book. Lessons only take in total 45 minutes for myself to complete and that includes the reading and the online content. (I'm not particularly fast either)
Each chapter of the book only focuses on one concept at a time, so I never feel overwhelmed.
*** Affordable ***
This book was only $18. It is much better than many classes I've paid $300+ for.