As I've begun advising graduate students again, I've thought a lot about things they "need to know." With that in mind, I've attached three files that I think they should all read and follow the counsel therein.
Write your dissertation first and other essays on graduate education by M. David Merrill
Suggested self-study program for Instructional Systems Development (ISD) by M. David Merrill
Annotated bibliography on Instructional Design