Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it's not in our job descriptions. Whether it's giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you've ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems.
In Design For How People Learn, Second Edition, you'll discover how to use the key principles behind learning, memory, and attention to create materials that enable your audience to both gain and retain the knowledge and skills you're sharing. Updated to cover new insights and research into how we learn and remember, this new edition includes new techniques for using social media for learning as well as two brand new chapters on designing for habit and best practices for evaluating learning, such as how and when to use tests. Using accessible visual metaphors and concrete methods and examples, Design For How People Learn, Second Edition will teach you how to leverage the fundamental concepts of instructional design both to improve your own learning and to engage your audience.
About the Author
Ms. Dirksen holds an M.S. degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Visualization Department at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she has designed and taught courses in Project Management, Instructional Design and Cognitive Psychology.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Where do we start?
Chapter 2: Who are your learners?
Chapter 3: What is the goal?
Chapter 4: How do we remember?
Chapter 5: How do you get their attention?
Chapter 6: Design for knowledge
Chapter 7: Design for skills
Chapter 8: Design for habit - NEW!
Chapter 9: Design for motivation
Chapter 10: Design for environment
Chapter 11: Evaluating learning - NEW!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I find her book to be very insightful. She presents issues with e-learning that I had not considered before, and provides new outlooks on common obstacles of knowledge acquisition and motivation. Not only based on her experience, Dirksen references recent and relevant research studies to support her arguments. She takes relevant theories such as Roger’s Diffusion of Innovations, and shows the reader how to apply its concepts to an e-learning design. The tone of the book is relaxed, knowledgeable and humorous, making it an easy read for anyone in the field. “Design for How People Learn” is a great complement to the typical e-learning course, as it presents valid issues and applicable solutions not usually discussed in textbooks.
This is an easy read and a great introduction to learning and design theory for people new to the industry.