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People regularly ask me what books I read and recommend. I read a lot of learning-oriented books but these are the ones I regularly talk about in my workshops and conference presentations. A link to Amazon is provided for each book. You can check abebooks.com and ebay for used copies. 

 

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Write and Organize for Deeper Learning, Patti Shank

The first book in Patti's Deeper Learning series. Explains 28 evidence-based and easy to apply tactics to make your instruction better for learning. With examples and job aids.

Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning, Patti Shank

The second book in Patti's Deeper Learning series. Explains 26 evidence-based and easy to apply tactics to make your instruction better for remembering and application With examples and job aids.

Criterion-referenced Test Development, Sharon Shrock and William Coscarelli

If you write test questions, this is THE BOOK that tells you how to do it right and why you must do it this way. 

Creating Graphics for Learning and Performance, Linda Lohr

The best book I have found on applying graphic and information design research to learning materials. Many examples, exercises, and activities. Very accessible content.

Design for How People Learn, Julie Dirksen

Key principles behind creating materials that help people gain and retain knowledge and skills

Performance-Focused Smile Sheets, Will Thalheimer

Most smile sheets provide useless information. Will shows how to build and use them for continuous improvement. And Will is a funny writer!

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Manage Memory for Deeper Learning, Patti Shank

The third book in Patti's Deeper Learning series. Explains 21 evidence-based and easy to apply tactics to make instruction work better for the attributes and constraints of human memory. With examples and job aids.

Interface Design for Learning, Dorian Peters

100 evidence-based strategies for designing visual layouts, navigation, and multimedia to support the cognitive and emotional sides of learning.

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

Explains the two systems that drive our thinking: faster (intuitive) and slower (logical). How to tap into the slower to make better choices. Many implications for designing deeper instruction.

The LMS Guidebook, Steve Foreman

Steve is my go-to expert on LMSs and related tools and technologies. If you have concerns about how to chose an LMS and what information to gather, you'll want this guide. 

Brain Rules, John Medina

Everyone is talking about neuroscience and learning based on brain science. Most of what people say simply isn't true. What do we actually know about the brain right now? Start here. 

The Shallows, Nicholas Carr

Explores the intellectual and cultural consequences of the Internet and technology. Describes how our minds are shaped by thinking tools such as the alphabet, printing press,  computers, and the internet.

The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman

This books is a classic and explains how all design regularly ignores the needs of users. The book shows us that usable design is achievable and guides people to do the right actions. Especially critical insights for learning and learning interfaces. 

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