At Training News, we value life long learning. As the saying goes, the secret to achieving mastery in any field you work in so to keep learning.
There are some people who work in a specific field for a number of years, gain tenure in a company, and feel like there is nothing left for them to learn. That they have mastered their craft.
The truth is that there will always be something to improve in yourself. It could be your attitude or some fine details from a facet of your craft.
One way to learn more is by reading books. Books are always a great way to learn. The many different authors always offer different takes, points of view, and perspectives on a variety of topics.
Here are several books that will help in your life long learning.
Design for How People Learn
Design for How People Learn (Voices that Matter) by Julie Dirksen is a book about the learning experience itself.
No matter what position you are in, you will inevitably be teaching something throughout your career. This could be teaching new employees about how to do a specific task or what to do, giving a presentation to clients, and even just explaining something to your higher ups.
Chances are you remember certain times in school where you fell asleep during a lecture. I’m sure it has also happened when you were reading a book and even watching a video.
The thing about that is that learning experiences are an important thing to factor in to your teaching process. It isn’t all just about the content, but how the learner consumes and experiences this content. In the end, better learning experiences mean better learning in general.
This book talks about several points about the human mind. It focuses on the people’s memory, how attention works, and the key principles of learning. With these pieces of information, you will be able to ensure better learning by crafting good experiences.
Essentials of Online Course Design
This book was written by Marjorie Vai and Kristen Sosulski. It outlines the basic standards guide for online courses.
In today’s society, technology is embedded in our lives. Most everyone has a smart phone, a computer, a tablet, and even an internet connection.
Trainers have considered moving their training to the online world and capitalizing on these changes to human life. It is indeed a more cost effective option and has the capability of reaching a wide audience with a click of a button.
However, it just isn’t as simple as it is. Trainers can’t just place their materials into an online setting and show it. Building an online course is totally different from the traditional face-to-face classes.
This book does indeed contains the essential pieces of information you need when you are developing online courses. It guides you through the development by providing you steps to follow.
These standards are taken from the best practices done by successful companies in the past few years. It focuses on visual design, visual hierarchy, and important pedagogical tenets that must be always be kept in mind.
Moreover, the book also provides readers hands-on approaches that will allow you to practice.