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.

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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.

Workplace Training: A Valuable Asset No One Wants to Pay For

In the past few weeks, the airwaves have been filled with “a message from the Quebec government” telling us that workplace training is important.

As listeners, we’re getting the message. But how about as employers, or as employees?

Everyone loves a trained worker, but no one seems willing to pony up the resources necessary to ensure our workforce remains highly skilled.

Over the past several decades, as the rate of technological, economic and sociological change has accelerated — thereby demanding an increase in training — the amount of training provided by employers has actually dropped significantly.

Read the rest of my OpEd piece in the April 27, 2013 edition of the Montreal Gazette at: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Opinion+Workplace+training+valuable+asset+wants/8300838/story.html#ixzz2RtknWkw2

Slides from My Presentations at the e.Scape Conference

Here are links to copies of the slides from my presentation at e.Scape–The Conference on Knowledge, Teaching, and Technology at Concordia University.

  • Transitioning from In-Class to Online Learning: An Overview for Instructors (Thursday, April 4, 10:00 am) click here.
  • Transitioning from In-Class to Online Learning: An Overview for Instructors (Thursday, April 4, 4:30 pm) click here.
  • What the Evidence Says about Teaching Online (Friday, April 5, 9 am) click here.

Slides from My 2012 CSTD Conference Presentation: “Performance and Perceptions: Research on Our Evolving Roles”

The session:

“paints a picture of the evolving profession of training and development through reports of three areas of research. The first report summarizes the research on one of the hottest areas of learning today—informal learning. What roles do trainers play? The second report presents results of a CSTD-sponsored study on the role of the performance consultant— the person who serves as the link between training groups and the groups they support. The third report presents results on how customers view training.”

To see the handout, visit this link: http://education.concordia.ca/~scarliner/handout-cstd-research.pdf

Slides from My 2012 TCANZ Keynote: “The Future of the Technical Communication Brand”

This session explored the following:

“On the one hand, the field of technical communication existed long before the dot com bubble and the recent economic crisis. On the other hand, both have had a profound effect on the communication industry in general, and technical and professional communication in particular. This presentation explains how-and what it means moving forward.

Specifically, this presentation places the current situation of the field into a broader perspective of our history, describes the opportunity presented to technical communicators by the economic downturn and the return (we hope) to worldwide economic prosperity, identifies specific projects occurring around the globe that could reshape and strengthen the technical communication brand, and explains how unity of vision about technical communication is central to all of these efforts.”

To see the visuals, visit http://education.concordia.ca/~scarliner/brand-of-tc-handout.pdf.