Suggested Textbooks for Instructional Design and Technical Communication Courses

(In case you missed the suggestions offered earlier in the summer.)

Are you teaching one of the following courses in the coming academic year:

  • Instructional design?
  • Advanced instructional design?
  • e-learning?
  • Informal learning and noninstructional interventions?
  • Management of instructional design or technical communication groups?

Then consider using one of the following texts for your course:

Course Suggested Text
Instructional design? Training Design Basics (2nd edition). Alexandria, VA: ATD Press.

The book will be hot-off-the-presses (August publication) and offers a number of related instructional resources online.

Advanced instructional design? Advanced Web-Based Training. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.

This book explores a variety of advanced topics and tactics that help budding instructional designers prepare effective programs, including instructional philosophies, blended learning, online mentoring, the live virtual classroom, and communicating visually.

e-learning? The e-Learning Handbook. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.

This award-winning book provides a number of readings intended to spark critical thinking about e-learning, covering everything from social learning and learning strategies, to the chasm between the promises and realities of e-learning in the academy and industry.

Informal learning and noninstructional interventions? Informal Learning Basics. Alexandria, VA: ATD Press.

This award-winning book introduces informal learning within the context of the workplace, proposes a viable model of its application for both the transfer of formal training and self-directed professional development, and explores a variety of ways to create and evaluate informal learning experiences.

Management of instructional design or technical communication groups The Commerce of Content website (http://commerceofcontent.wordpress.com), which provides a primer on basic project management, basic people management, and basic business management issues, as well as related worksheets and forms, and readings to help students deepen their knowledge of these issues.

For more information, please contact me.

Suggested Textbooks for Instructional Design and Technical Communication Courses

Are you teaching one of the following courses in the coming academic year:

  • Instructional design?
  • Advanced instructional design?
  • e-learning?
  • Informal learning and noninstructional interventions?
  • Management of instructional design or technical communication groups?

Then consider using one of the following texts for your course:

Course Suggested Text
Instructional design? Training Design Basics (2nd edition). Alexandria, VA:ATD Press.The book will be hot-off-the-presses (August publication) and offers a number of related instructional resources online.
Advanced instructional design? Advanced Web-Based Training. San Francisco, CA:Pfeiffer.This book explores a variety of advanced topics and tactics that help budding instructional designers prepare effective programs, including instructional philosophies, blended learning, online mentoring, the live virtual classroom, and communicating visually.
e-learning? The e-Learning Handbook. San Francisco, CA:Pfeiffer.This award-winning book provides a number of readings intended to spark critical thinking about e-learning, covering everything from social learning and learning strategies, to the chasm between the promises and realities of e-learning in the academy and industry.
Informal learning and noninstructional interventions? Informal Learning Basics. Alexandria, VA:ATD Press.This award-winning book introduces informal learning within the context of the workplace, proposes a viable model of its application for both the transfer of formal training and self-directed professional development, and explores a variety of ways to create and evaluate informal learning experiences.
Management of instructional design or technical communication groups The Commerce of Content website (http://commerceofcontent.wordpress.com), which provides a primer on basic project management, basic people management, and basic business management issues, as well as related worksheets and forms, and readings to help students deepen their knowledge of these issues.

For more information, please contact me.

Visuals from 2016 ATD Presentation, Silver, Gold, and Bronze: How Much Effort Should You Really Invest in an ID Project?

About the session: Although many people blame the ADDIE instructional design process for the slow pace of instructional design (ID) projects, the real issue might be that people are investing more effort than a particular project is worth. Through a series of case activities, this session introduces a three-tiered approach to projects, suggests the level of effort appropriate to each type of project, and translates that into practical action—that is, adjusting the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation activities to the needs of the project, without sacrificing its quality. This session also provides an opportunity to apply the concepts to your current projects.

Application on the job:

  • Distinguish among different types of projects based on their scope and impact.
  • Describe the appropriate level of effort for different classes of instructional design projects.
  • Adjust analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation efforts to appropriate levels for a given project.
  • Determine how to adjust activities on a current work projects to match its intended scope and impact.

For a copy of the visuals: click here.

Concordia University professor Saul Carliner has been elected a Fellow of the Institute for Performance and Learning (formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Concordia University professor Saul Carliner has been elected a Fellow of the Institute for Performance and Learning (formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development), the highest grade of membership in organization and honored at the organization’s annual banquet, November 19. The grade of Fellow provides peer recognition of members of the Institute who have made significant contributions to the field of training and development over a sustained period of time. Carliner is only the third person in the organization’s 50-year history to have received this honor.

At Concordia University, Carliner is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Provost’s Fellow for Digital Learning, Graduate Director of the PhD in Education, and serves on the Faculty Senate.  He has 218 publications, including 15 books and monographs–including the just-published Training Design Basics (2nd edition) and award-winning Informal Learning Basics—and 51 peer-reviewed articles. Carliner chairs the Certification Advisory Committee for the Institute and is a past board member. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and Research Director for Lakewood Media, publisher of Training Magazine. Carliner is a member of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction and has received the Kenneth Rainey Award for Excellence in Research from the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Jay Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching from STC, and the Concordia Alumni Teaching Award. He is a past Research Fellow of the Association for Talent Development and a Fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication.

The Institute for Performance and Learning is Canada’s only not-for-profit, member-based organization representing workforce professionals. For decades the organization has improved the lives and careers of hundreds of thousands of Canadians while helping Canadian organizations excel. The organization has chapters throughout Canada (including one in Montreal) and has the most successful credentialing program for training and development professionals in North America.

For more information,visit http://performanceandlearning.ca/volunteer-awards/

Second Edition of Popular Instructional Design Book Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

(Alexandria, Virginia) The second edition of best-selling book, Training Design Basics Basics, by Saul Carliner is now available from the ATD Press.

Like the first edition, this new edition of Training Design Basics guides new course developers and instructors, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and others who find themselves responsible for doing so, through the process of designing and developing their first training programs. In addition to explaining how to design face-to-face classroom and workbook-based courses, this new edition also addresses the design of two types of online courses: live virtual classroom and self-study tutorials. After introducing readers to guiding concepts of adult learning and human performance improvement and providing an overview training design projects, Training Design Basics explains how to analyze a project, then design, develop, implement, and evaluate the program resulting from the analysis. This edition of the book maintains the practical approach that made the first edition so popular, with additional insights arising from years of use of the first edition by practicing professionals. For example, unlike other instructional design books that primarily focus on the analysis and evaluation phases, this book continues to emphasize the design and development phases, along with practical guidance to course designers on the implementation of their courses. Worksheets for each phase of the process help readers apply the concepts in the book in their own instructional design projects, as does a companion website with other resources and advice.

Author Saul Carliner is an internationally-known expert on training and communication. He is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Provost’s Fellow for Digital Learning at Concordia University in Montreal. Also an industry consultant, Carliner provides strategic planning and instructional design services to organizations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas to clients such as Alltel Wireless, IBM, Lowe’s, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics, Turkish Management Centre, and several US and Canadian government agencies. His previous books include the award-winning Informal Learning Basics and e-Learning Handbook, and popular An Overview of Online Learning He has received the  Kenneth Rainey Award for Excellence in Research and Jay Gould Award for Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication, and the Alumni Teaching Award from his university.    He is a Fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication, a past research fellow of ATD, and a past board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development.

ATD Press is the publishing arm of the Association for Talent Development, the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals. ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 125 U.S. chapters and with more than 20 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. Started in 1943, in recent years ATD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.

To order and receive more information about Training Design Bascis (second edition), visit https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/Training-Design-Basics-2. The book is also available from amazon.com, amazon.ca, bn.com, and indigo.ca