2009 was a big year for me. New job. New company. Working full time from a home office. Oldest child in kindergarten. New challenges – and some old ones too.
A great year, really. Thanks for joining me in this journey and for all you’ve contributed to my learning over the past 12 months.
To try and hold on to – if just for a brief moment – some of what’s been going on in my brain this year, I thought I’d take a moment to catalogue the pile of topical books I’ve read. Hopefully I learned something from all that book reading.
In no particular order:
Instructional Design and eLearning
Because this is what I do.
Multimedia Learning, Richard Mayer. The classic, in which Mayer looks at research and provides conclusions on effective use of multimedia in eLearning. Ruth Clark works with Mayer’s research results (in fact, much of Ruth Clark’s presentation at DevLearn this year was a summary of Mayer’s Multimedia Principals).
Designing World Class e-Learning: How IBM, GE, Harvard Business School, And Columbia University Are Succeeding At E-Learning, Roger Schank. I hadn’t read any Schank before this one. In depth case studies, looking at goal-based scenarios. Great e-Learning on a huge budget, no doubt!
Michael Allen’s E-Learning Library Creating Successful E-Learning: A Rapid System for Getting It Right First Time, Every Time, Michael Allen. Another Michael Allen classic.
Moodle 1.9 Multimedia, Joao Pedro Soares Fernades. Ideas and best practices on using multimedia effectively in Moodle. Working with and designing for Moodle was new for me in 2009. I have much to learn.
Visual Design & Presentations
In 2009, I co-presented two sessions at DevLearn, gave a talk at the Massachusetts chapter of ISPI and presented a few online webinars. 2010 looks to be more opportunity – I’ll be co-presenting three sessions at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions conference in Orlando in March, running an eLearning Guild Online Forum in January. And who knows what else. That said, I don’t want to be one of those boring presenters who gets tomatoes thrown at me for putting up horrible text slides. Oh yeah – good stuff for e-Learning too!
Catching up on the pop business books from the last few years, these books gave me a little insight into current thinking.
Free: The Future of Radical Price, Chris Anderson. Ironically, I paid more for this book than any other book this year. $28 impulse buy at an airport.
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin.
And also, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead, Max Brooks. Critical for getting through DevLearn!
I’m sure I’ve missed a few.
Long live books!
(So what should I be reading in 2010?)