Here are some of the books I recommend for the learning and development professionals on your gift list.
Richard Watson has published three ebooks on the practicalities of freelancing in the elearning field. All three combine Richard’s personal stories about his freelancing journey with practical tips for creating and running a freelance business.
PPatti Shank’s Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning is a summary of tactics you can use to create memorable, relevant practice opportunities and provide constructive, beneficial feedback for learners. Everything in the book is backed by research and written to be immediately usable by instructional designers and trainers.
Patti Shank’s latest book, Write and Organize for Deeper Learning, is a great read for
40+ book recommendations on instructional design, eLearning, learning and psychology research, gamification, visual design, and more
Chances are, your training evaluations aren’t very helpful. How much useful information do you really get from those forms? Will Thalheimer’s book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets changes that by giving guidelines and example questions for effective evaluations.
Saul Carliner’s second edition of Training Design Basics is written for people who are brand new to the field and are creating their first training program. This is a great book for those who are just getting started with training. People switching careers into training or instructional design from another field would also find a wealth of information. Training managers who don’t come from a training background but want to understand it better would benefit, as would project managers who are looking for what to include in their task lists and how to estimate time and cost.
Connie Malamed’s new book Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning Professionals is written specifically for learning professionals. This book teaches many of the same foundational principles as other design books, but the examples and applications are all geared towards learning.
If you’re looking for some reading to improve your skills or get started in the field of instructional design, check out these books.
Julie Dirksen’s Design For How People Learn is a great book for instructional designers because it