Design For How People Learn

Design For How People Learn

by Julie Dirksen
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Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen

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, 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. Using accessible visual metaphors and concrete methods and examples, Design For How People Learn will teach you how to leverage the fundamental concepts of instructional design both to improve your own learning and to engage your audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321768438
Publisher: New Riders
Publication date: 11/25/2011
Series: Voices That Matter Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 15 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, neuroscience, change management and persuasive technology to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change.

Ms. Dirksen holds an M.S. degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she taught courses in Project Management, Instructional Design and Cognitive Psychology.

She gets ridiculously excited about everything from learning applications of behavioral economics to the way glucose is regulated in the brain. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and can find her online at < >

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Design For How People Learn 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AndrewFitz More than 1 year ago
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&rsquo;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. &ldquo;Design for How People Learn&rdquo; is a great complement to the typical e-learning course, as it presents valid issues and applicable solutions not usually discussed in textbooks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read and a great introduction to learning and design theory for people new to the industry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago