2012 Summer Reading List

In the northern hemisphere, some of us are packing up our beach bags and heading to the beach for a little rest, relaxation and… research.  It’s true, our passion for learning design never ends. Here are some of the books you might find in some of our beach bags (i.e. on our Kindles and iPads) this summer season.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

This delightful little volume is perfect beach reading. Divided into 100 tips and chunks, it’s perfect for a dip into the book for a quick little cognitive something followed by a quick dip into the water. Weinschenk provides 2-3 page reviews of current research and takeaways on 100 design topics, grouped together with headings like “How People See”, “How People Remember” and “People Make Mistakes.”

We love this book so much that we started reading it even before we went to the beach!

Learning Everywhere by Chad Udell

Learning Everywhere

Learning Everywhere by Chad Udell

Chad Udell of Float Learning seems to be everywhere these days, making sense of the mobile learning scene. Udell provides loads of mobile examples, as well as design and development strategies and techniques.

This colorful book will look great on the beach while we contemplate learning everywhere we go. And because he’s with Float Learning, we expect the book to float as well. We are both literary and literal.

The Gamification of Learning and Instruction by Karl M kapp

The Gamification of learning and Instruction

The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-Based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education by Karl Kapp, Ph.D.

What’s summer fun without fun and games? And these days, you can’t shake a stick at a conversation about elearning design without the term “gamification” coming up.  Karl Kapp’s latest book is a great primer on gamification theory to help you sort out whether this is the right approach to take for your learning initiative. Be sure to pack this in your beach bag and join the fun.

For a more detailed review of Kapp’s book, see our Kineo Book Review.

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman

The Design of Everday Things

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman

This book is a design classic and required reading at most design programs. Some of us have never read it, while others are dusting it off to take a look with fresh eyes.

As designers of elearning, we sometimes get so focused on the computer canvas in front of us. But remember, designers make all sorts of things: cars and door handles and coffee pots. Norman reminds us that design matters — and a design with human beings at the center matters the most.

What’s on your summer reading list? Share your learning book list in our Elearning Professionals Group on LinkedIn.