20+ More Books for Instructional Designers

Experiencing eLearning

In response to my list of 12+ Books for Instructional Designers , I received a lot of great suggestions for further reading. Instructional Design and Learning Design. Visual Design. Connie Malamed just published a new book, Visual Design Solutions.

40+ Instructional Design and eLearning Books

Experiencing eLearning

Instructional Design. Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen is one of my favorite books in the field. The Accidental Instructional Designer by Cammy Bean is especially good for career changers and those who landed in instructional design from other fields.

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Rapid Instructional Design for Accelerated Learning

Social Learning

Created in the military during World War II, the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model has dominated curriculum design for the last 40 years. Meier says there needs to be a new approach to instructional design that replaces the outdated ISD.

Strain the Brain for Better Results

Social Learning

Instructional Designers often strive to develop training material that is concise and easily digested by the target learners. Learning Style Theory Cognitive Strain CRT elearning instructional design Learning Theory

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3 Brain science insights about adult learning


Not so long ago people believed that we only use around 10% of our brain capacity and that once a neuron dies, the brain loses it forever. And neuroscience placed the 10% usage of the brain right next to the other erroneous beliefs.

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Applying Brain Research


In the 1990s, scientists began using Functional MRIs (fMRIs) to see how the brain functions. A fMRI is different than a normal MRI that looks at the structure of the brain. Check out John Medina’s website on brain rules. ” Brain Rules by John Medina.

Brain Based Learning and Neuroscience – What the Research Says!

Will at Work Learning

Go to any conference today in the workplace learning field and there are numerous sessions on neuroscience and brain-based learning. Let me give you an example related to the topic of brain science. Research on brain-based learning and neuroscience.”

35 More Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer

The eLearning Coach

A few months ago I published a list of the 10 Qualities Of The Ideal Instructional Designer. The comments more or less fell into a few categories: working with SMEs, designing and developing content, love of learning, business savvy and personal attributes.

eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer

Association eLearning

This was years before I became an instructional designer, back when I was a kid. The year we got a single computer in the classroom was really exciting (it was only to be used during our designated play/ free time). Instructional Designer Reflects.

Instructional Design: Something Old, Something New

Allison Rossett

Although we set out to learn about the contours of the elearning terrain, our project revealed much about instructional design practice today. Mostly, they used technology to enable those practices associated with good old fashioned instructional design. I harkened back to these findings after reading Xyleme CLO Jeffrey Katzman’s provocative blog posting about new instructional design. Instruction is good, but not sufficient.

Instructional Design: Something Old, Something New

Allison Rossett

Although we set out to learn about the contours of the elearning terrain, our project revealed much about instructional design practice today. Mostly, they used technology to enable those practices associated with good old fashioned instructional design. I harkened back to these findings after reading Xyleme CLO Jeffrey Katzman’s provocative blog posting about new instructional design. Instruction is good, but not sufficient.

The learning brain and why L&D professionals should care about it


Instructional designers need so much more than the specific technical skills and subject matter knowledge. They also need to market the training courses to employees , and before that, they should know how the human brain works during the learning process.

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SMEs Are Not Instructional Designers

Association eLearning

As an alternative to receiving a lot of raw content from the SME, Cathy Moore suggests asking the SME to give you “an informal brain dump, or an interview, or any other format that they won’t put so much work into.”. Pam Kelly Instructional Design Director at Digitec Interactive.

Instructional Designers: How to Pick Your SME's Brain in an Interview

SHIFT eLearning

INTRODUCTION: You may be an eLearning professional, but the subject matter expert or the SME actually flags off your course by providing the all-important content for you and your team to sculpt on.


10 psychology terms every Instructional Designer should know


Instructional Design relies heavily on educational psychology. In this article, Christopher Pappas from eLearning Industry highlights 10 educational psychology terms that every Instructional Designer should know. Course Content instructional design

3 Reasons Why Your Brain Loves Animation for Learning


But animation’s benefits go way beyond business and deep into the way your learners’ brains respond to different types of stimulation. And… almost 50% of your brain is involved in visual processing ! Animation functions for the brain in a similar way. That’s because the brain is better trained to look for and understand simpler images. Visual Metaphors Boost Brain Engagement. In fact, you might call metaphors the official language of the brain.

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E-Learning outside the box: tips for instructional designers


A series of such brain teasers will definitely get the learner off the usual path of reasoning and on a creative journey. Designing e-learning sessions in such a way as to unlock innovative potential can go a long way and show in product design, customer satisfaction and profit.

What New Instructional Designers Need to Know About E-Learning

ATD Learning Technologies

Are we doing enough to help new instructional designers produce the types of e-learning experiences that we want to see? I trained as an instructional designer throughout the 2000s. Top 10 Instructional Design Skills.

Brain Science: Are Learning Styles Valid? by Art Kohn

Learning Solutions Magazine

Emerging Topics Getting Started Instructional Design Learning Research Training Strategies During the last 30 years, the notion of learning styles has become popular in corporate training. month’s column. explores the concept of learning styles and examines the evidence about its pedagogical effectiveness.

Brain Science: Writing So the Brain Understands by Art Kohn

Learning Solutions Magazine

instructional designers worry that learners may be poor readers and so try to “write down to their level.” Design Strategies Emerging Topics Getting Started Learning Research Much of what we communicate in eLearning and other kinds of teaching relies on the written word. this the right approach? Is reading ability even a problem? Or is the problem our approach to writing? are some guidelines that may surprise you.

Brain Science: The Visual System and Learning by Art Kohn

Learning Solutions Magazine

Neuroscience has learned a lot about the way that the brain processes visual information. Understanding these systems and how they work will provide instructional designers with important. Design Strategies Emerging Topics Graphic Design Learning Research Learning Systems This article. provides insights into the two distinct visual systems that operate concurrently and independently.

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5 Hobbies of Instructional Designers to Keep Them Going

CommLab India

If you are an instructional designer, who is passionate about learning and delivering knowledge, here are some useful hobbies that can be adapted to enhance your professional skills. To be a resourceful instructional designer, one should be passionate about learning.

Instructional Design Tips from Cammy Bean


She shared many practical instructional design tips that you can use to improve the training you build. As a special bonus to my readers, and as a thank you to Cammy for the interview, I’m giving away 10 copies of her new book the The Accidental Instructional Designer.

How Gamers Learn: The Game Player’s Brain

Growth Engineering

Any instructional designer will have a good idea of the theory behind how people learn, but a gamified solution needs to also consider how gamers learn. With games, the player is thrown into an environment and they’re often given no instructions on how to proceed.

Brain Science: Focus–Can You Pay Attention? by Art Kohn

Learning Solutions Magazine

Is this due, as other researchers suggest, to changes in the human brain, brought about by modern technologies such as television and the Internet? Design Strategies Emerging Topics Instructional Design Learning Research Researchers have reported that the average attention span of American adults has dropped, possibly to. even as little as five minutes.

How To Brain Sync With A Subject Matter Expert

The eLearning Coach

Short of performing a science fiction mind-meld, how can you efficiently transfer content from the brain of a subject matter expert (SME) into a form you can use? SMEs will often provide content resources and review design documents, scripts and media assets for accuracy.

Brain Rules for Learning: Who Knew? We All Did. | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Brain Rules for Learning: Who Knew? In his book, Brain Rules , Dr. Medina provides 12 simple rules that encapsulate what current science knows about how the human brain learns.

How to Improve Student Retention in eLearning


Unlike regular classroom-based courses, digital learning poses an additional set of challenges for instructional designers and students alike. Sometimes even the most well-designed courses may not resonate with certain learners. Design for Simplicity. Design with Empathy.

GE TV: An Coppens on Engaging the Brain with Gamification

Growth Engineering

At Gamification Nation, An offers gamification design services, gamification membership communities, and online learning programmes. Watch this interview to find out: How gamification helps the brain learn. Could you tell us a little bit about how gamification helps the brain learn?

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Brain Science: Combining Brain Science and Common Sense to Improve Training by Art Kohn

Learning Solutions Magazine

Instructional Design Learning Research Training StrategiesThere is good news. Very good news. The fact is that we already know what needs to be done in order to promote increased. retention and transfer of learning. One hundred years of scientific research in learning and cognitive psychology has already. demonstrated the processes that produce this result, and they all have something in common. Read on to find out what that.

Brain Science: Overcoming the Forgetting Curve by Art Kohn

Learning Solutions Magazine

quickly erodes the benefit of the instruction—that is, unless you know the secret of the “booster”! simple way, proven through research, to improve memory and behavior change following instruction. Design Strategies Emerging Topics Getting Started Learning Research It is a painful fact that employees quickly forget most of what they learn in training. The forgetting curve. Here is a.

Learning Myths: Debunked

Association eLearning

For more detailed debunking of learning styles take a look at these resources: The Debunker Club- Learning Styles are NOT an Effective Guide for Learning Design. Perhaps the most pervasive myth about education is the ubiquitous “learning styles” myth.

Brain Science: Pre-training Is Essential to a Complete Training Package by Art Kohn

Learning Solutions Magazine

When the long-term training goal is retention and transfer of skills and knowledge, effective instructional design recognizes. Blended Learning Design Strategies Instructional Design Learning Research Training Strategies that certain key activities before and after a learning event (including eLearning and mLearning as well as instructor-led. learning) are more important to success than what happens during the learning event.