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Instructional design and performance improvement

Michael Allen’s Guide to Elearning by Michael Allen. Paperback and Kindle. Strong, timeless ideas and arguments for abandoning the tell-then-test information dump, with examples of alternatives.
The Business of Corporate Learning: Insights from Practice by Shlomo Ben-Hur. A high-level look at how L&D can show its value to the organization, with everything from a mission statement to a focus on creating and sustaining behavioral change, not just knowledge transfer. I would have preferred more examples but the book makes important points that can profoundly change how you approach your job.
Show Your Work by Jane Bozarth. Readable book packed with examples showing how L&D can break down silos by encouraging people to show each other how they work, especially sharing works in progress.

The Success Case Method: Find Out Quickly What’s Working and What’s Not by Robert Brinkerhoff. Paperback and Kindle. Presents an evaluation method that combines quantitative and qualitative approaches that goes well beyond smile sheets and helps show others how your project is supporting the organization’s goals.


Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown et al. Very readable summary of research showing how people learn best, debunking some long-held myths and offering better techniques to replace them. Highly recommended.
Urban Myths about Learning and Education by Pedro De Bruyckere et al. Debunks or critically examines 35 common beliefs about how we learn, including learning styles, digital natives, 70-20-10, left and right brains, and “We use only 10% of our brains.” The book appears to be intended for people in education but is useful for responding to our colleagues or stakeholders. It has some editing and stylistic issues that don’t detract from its usefulness.
Elearning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer. Print and Kindle. Revised version of the classic that applies research to help identify what works in elearning. It’s a useful source of citations to talk stakeholders out of extraneous bling and narration.
Evidence-Based Training Methods, 2nd Edition, by Ruth Clark. A review of training methods, including face-to-face methods as well as elearning, that research suggests work best.
Working Minds by Beth Crandall et al. Detailed look at how to use cognitive task analysis to break down the decision-making process that occurs in complex situations. I recommend the print version due to formatting issues in the Kindle version.
Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen. Easy-to-understand and engaging book that explains the principles behind learning, memory, and attention that help your audience learn.

Performance Consulting by Dana Gaines Robinson and James Robinson. Tools and techniques to help you work with management to improve performance in many ways, not just as a training developer.
Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock. Useful, story-based summary of what neuroscience suggests about how the brain works, with tips that are applicable to training as well as to self-development.

Job Aids and Performance Support by Allison Rossett and Lisa Schafer. Describes the many types of job aids and how they can be used, with inspiring examples.

 

Scenarios, storytelling, and comics

Scenario-based Elearning: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Online Workforce Learning by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer. Breaks down the components of scenarios, discusses when and why to use them, and helps you advocate for their use.
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud. Print only. Indispensable book not only for creating comics but for creating any type of visual story or story-like presentation. One of the very few books I brought with me when I moved abroad.

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