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!

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink . Need help getting motivated? Want to better understand how to motivate your audience? This is the hot book of the year. In fact, we feel like slackers for not being motivated enough to have read this one already. 

Evidence-Based Training Methods: A Guide for Training Professionals by Ruth Clark. Cammy got a head start on this new classic from Clark and has already written a review.  A book to read, re-read and then reference in your work. 

Designing Successful e-Learning: Forget What You Know About Instructional Design and Do Something Interesting by Michael Allen  Looking for ideas on how to make your programs “meaningful, memorable and motivational”? Get motivated (after reading Dan Pink’s book, and then read this one).

Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics That People Understand by Connie Malamed. Even if you’re not a graphic designer, as a learning designer it helps to know a thing or two about visual design. Connie also writes two blogs: The eLearning Coach and Understanding Graphics.

What Every Training Manager Should Know About Training by Robert Mager. An essential classic that needs a re-read this summer! 

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande Even if you’re not creating training for brain surgeons, there’s something to be had here on how adults learn. 

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande In an increasingly complicated world, even doctor’s and brain surgeon’s need job aids and checklists. 

Many thanks to Mark Fletcher (@markfletcher), Jane Bozarth (@JaneBozarth) and Rob Bartlett (@robbartlett) for the recommendations.

Time to get reading!

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