Bookshop

It's not all about the technology. Sometimes a nice 20th century book is just what you need. Though most of the ones we read are about technology, learning and performance. Read our reviews here.

The Gamification of Learning and Instruction

If you think gamification is just about putting badges into your courses, then this is the book is for you. If you're still on the fence about whether games work for learning, then this is certainly the book for you. If you need to gain buy-in for games within your organization and need to know what theories to cite to support your arguments, this is the book for you. …

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Design for How People Learn

Can you love a book on learning design? We did… Cammy Bean opens her Christmas stocking early to take a look at a great new read by Julie Dirksen. Julie Dirksen has written a most excellent book for the beginning practitioner as well as the seasoned veteran of instructional design Design for How People Learn. Just released in November 2011, we think this little treasure will quickly become …

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E-Learning Uncovered: From Concept to Execution

Looking for a basic primer on the traditional elearning development process? Need a good overview of how to get a self-paced elearning project going from top to bottom? Then this is your book, baby. In this easy to read volume, Desiree Ward and Diane Elkins provide a comprehensive view of the elearning process, including definitions of key terms, tips for working with vendors, the basics …

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Beyond Bullet Points

Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 to create presentations that inform, motivate, and inspire , although geared toward the live, stand-up presentation (e.g., the sales presentation, the keynote, a lawyer’s opening arguments at a trial), has a lot to apply towards self-paced, asynchronous elearning programs. Atkinson draws greatly from Richard Mayer’s …

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E-Learning: Uncovered Articulate Studio '09

James Pritchard props a new book on Articulate beside his trusty laptop. Or maybe on it. As a regular user of Articulate Studio ’09, I was pleasantly surprised that after reading one of the chapters I had learnt three new things. Written by Tanya Coomes, Diane Elkins and Desiree Ward, the book is suitable for novices and semi-experienced users of the Articulate rapid development tools. …

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e-Learning and the Science of Instruction

Jo Cheeseman takes another look at the classic, all spruced up with a second edition. This is the second edition of the original classic by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer. I have to confess up-front that I didn’t read the first edition so I can’t make a direct comparison, but apparently this second edition offers a thorough revision of the original, updating the research referred to in all …

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Evidence-Based Training Methods

Are you an intuitive designer, floating along by looks and good luck, creating fabulous learning experiences without knowing why? Are you a new instructional designer sorting through all of the examples you’ve seen of e-learning and trying to figure out what actually works? Now’s the time to stop the guesswork and go find out what works in e-learning and why. To help you …

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Summer Reading List for 2010

Up here in the northern hemisphere, it’s that time of year again. Time to pack up your beach bag, slink off to the hammock, and take of your shoes. But that doesn’t mean the learning needs to stop! We’ve always got a book nearby to keep our brains from turning off too much. This year, we asked searched our own souls and asked our network what books we should be reading. The network didn’t disappoint! …

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Back to School Reading List

Summer’s winding down here in the northern hemisphere and the kids are getting ready to go back to school.  Although it’s been a while since most of us were in school, we still get the urge every autumn to buy new pencil cases, new clothes, new shoes and lunchboxes.  And then we’re ready to sink ourselves into some good old fashioned learning.  Our favourite subject?  Why elearning …

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We Think - You Are What You Share

‘We Think’ is the latest book to explore how the internet is changing our world, and creating a culture in which more people than ever can participate, share and collaborate. We like.  Back in October 2007 Charles Leadbeater posted his first draft of ‘We Think’ on his website and made it freely available for download. The text became the basis of a wiki, inviting everyone to comment upon, …

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Mohive Rapid e-learning book review

We were keen to review this new book on rapid e-learning from the founders of Mohive, Lars Unneberg and Lars Egidius Helle. The book is sub-titled ‘putting rapid e-learning to work in large organisations’ which is particularly apt given the enormous interest and growth in rapid e-learning. We liked a lot of it, but have a few friendly challenges.... The book …

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Rapid e-learning book review

We review a great book by Michael Allen on how to make Rapid Elearning happen. We didn't know we had a brother... Michael Allen's E-Learning Library:Creating Successful E-Learning: A Rapid System For Getting It Right First Time, Every Time Michael Allen is the CEO of Allen Interactions, a US elearning company. Allen was the chief architect, founder, and chairman of Authorware, …

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Best Business Education Book 2006

The Financial Times has announced its shortlist for the best Business Education book in 2006. The shortlist of five books includes a few surprises.... The Five Books the FT has shortlisted are below. Our personal favourite is The Long Tail , which was on our Kineo summer reading list. The surprise choice is The Box on the global transformation bought about by containerisation. As people …

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Think "Blink"

Want to be an efficient learner? Think Blink. From Malcolm Gladwell, the “intellectual adventurer” (must look good on a business card) who got the world all in a tizzy looking for The Tipping Point, we now have Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Turns out it's all about efficient learning. How convenient! What's Blink? What’s blink? It’s best explained by examples. …

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"The Google Story" Book Review

Good guys finish way in front - or, how to index all of the information in the world and still do no evil... Stephen Walsh reviews "The Google Story",by David A. Vise. If you were trying to pitch it as a movie, even the most caffeinated Hollywood exec would write it off as too far-fetched: Two Stanford geeks start a research project to improve search engines. Everyone tells …

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The Tipping Point

In his famous book Michael Gladwell argues that trends in social behaviours spread like epidemics. We revisited the factors that create a "tipping point" and their implications for your learning community or project. What's the big idea? In looking at what creates social and behavioural epidemics Gladwell came up with three key factors . These were: The law of the few The stickiness …

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The Medici Effect

The Medici Effect that sparked an explosion of knowledge and creativity in 15th century Italy can be used to create new insights and breakthroughs. Can it help you? What's the Big Idea? The big idea in the book the 'The Medici Effect' is that breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into new, unfamiliar territory. In this space—which the …

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Love is the Killer App

Tim Sanders argues that love or rather sharing your knowledge, your network and your compassion will help you grow! What's the Big Idea? The Big Idea of this book is that the best business strategy is to : Learn as much as you can. Read, digest, get to grips with the big ideas Grow a network and share your knowledge with them …

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Good to Great

Jim Collins argues that leaders that combine extreme personal humility with intense professional will, that shun the attention of celebrity, are the ones that make good companies great. The companies reviewed in this book had to meet the following good-to-great benchmark: They had to have experienced 15-year cumulative stock returns that were at or below the general …

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