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The Learning and Development Bookby Tricia Emerson and Mary Stewart, 2011
This book was written for the experienced, L&D professionals looking for ways to be more effective. The insights in this book are meant to help when you feel stalled. This book gives you simple ideas and concepts to illustrate these needs and illuminate learning and development efforts for you, your clients, your teams and your company leadership. L&D is simple. Chapters are written to be short and easy to digest. Each contains just one “nugget of wisdom” from years of learning and development consulting experience. Each chapter is self-contained, so read one or read them all, in any order you like.


Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guideby Marjorie Vai and Kristen Sosulski, 2011
In spite of the proliferation of online learning in higher education, creating online courses can still evoke a good deal of frustration, negativity, and wariness in those who need to create them. Essentials of Online Course Design takes a fresh, thoughtfully designed, step-by-step approach to online course development. At its core is a set of standards that are based on best practices in the field of online learning and teaching. Pedagogical, organizational and visual design principles are presented and modeled throughout the book and users will quickly learn from the guide’s hands-on approach. The course design process begins with the elements of a classroom syllabus which, after a series of guided steps, easily evolve into an online course


The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Educationby Karl M. Kapp, 2011
Learning professionals are finding success applying game-based sensibilities to the development of instruction. This book shows how to design online instruction that leverages the best elements of online games to increase learning, retention, and application. It explains how to match different game strategies to types of learning content for the right learning outcome and discusses how gamification techniques can be used in a variety of settings to improve learning, retention and application of knowledge. Supported by peer-reviewed studies and examples from corporations who have adopted game-based learning successfully, the book illustrates how combining instructional design thinking with game concepts can create engaged and interactive learning experiences across a variety of media, from online to face-to-face.


Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevantby James and Wendy Kirkpatrick, 2010
While upbeat lingo abounds about ‘complementing strategic objectives’ and ‘driving productivity’, the fact is that most training does not make a significant enough impact on business results, and when it does, training professionals fail to make a convincing case about the value added to the bottom line. The vaunted ‘business partnership model’ has yet to be realized – and in tough economic times, when the training budget is often the first to be cut, training is on trial for its very existence. Using a courtroom trial as a metaphor, “Training on Trial” seeks to get to the truth about why training fails and puts the business partnership model to work for real. Readers on both sides of the ‘courtroom’ will learn how to stop viewing training as a cost center, and bridge the gulf between what learning functions deliver and what business units need to execute their strategies. “Training on Trial” provides a new application of the Kirkpatrick Four – ‘Level Evaluation Model and many tips and techniques that allow lessons learned to be put into action now.


The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Resultsby Calhoun W. Wick, Roy V. H. Pollock and Andy Jefferson, 2010
Whether you’re an HR or OD professional or work in a training department, learn to apply the principles of follow-through management within your organization in the new edition of this bestselling resource. Incorporating new research on learning and learning transfer, along with new case studies, interviews, and tools, this edition shares guidelines, proven in practice by many Fortune 500 companies, on how to design comprehensive learning experiences in leadership and management, sales, quality, performance improvement, and professional certification. You’ll discover the theories and principles underlying the approach, as well as the practical methods, tools, and roadmaps for bridging the “knowing-doing” gap.