Recently, I took on an e-learning design project that had me wanting to refresh my perspective. For this particular project, I did not want to fall into the trap of producing the same old style of e-learning with which I am comfortable. I wanted to enter this project with some fresh ideas. We all get comfortable with what we do and how we do it, and those phases last far too long. For me, the best way to break the spell, is to read a new book, or even an old book as if I were reading it for the first time.
I pulled out Better Then Bullet Points: Creating Engaging e-Learning with PowerPoint by Jane Bozarth. It has been two or three years since I have read this book, but I since I knew I would be designing this particular e-learning project with PowerPoint, I figure this would be a good book to read again.