Design For How People Learn

Design For How People Learn

Paperback Voices That Matter

By (author) Julie Dirksen

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  • Publisher: New Riders Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 226mm x 15mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0321768434
  • ISBN 13: 9780321768438
  • Sales rank: 53,752

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Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it's not in our job descriptions. Whether it's giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you've ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems. In Design For How People Learn, you'll discover how to use the key principles behind learning, memory, and attention to create materials that enable your audience to both gain and retain the knowledge and skills you're sharing. Using accessible visual metaphors and concrete methods and examples, Design For How People Learn will teach you how to leverage the fundamental concepts of instructional design both to improve your own learning and to engage your audience.

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Author information

Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 15 years' experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, neuroscience, change management and persuasive technology to promote and support the improvement of peoples' lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change. Ms. Dirksen holds an M.S. degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she taught courses in Project Management, Instructional Design and Cognitive Psychology. She gets ridiculously excited about everything from learning applications of behavioral economics to the way glucose is regulated in the brain. She's happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and can find her online at www.usablelearning.com "U>http://www.usablelearning.com/"

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If it's possible to be in love with a book, then I am in love with this one. Julie Dirksen has written a most excellent book for the beginning practitioner as well as the seasoned veteran of instructional design. --Cammy Bean, Vice President of Learning Design, Kineo This book is probably the single best book for the person who's just getting started and wants to know more about instructional design and how people learn. --Tom Kuhlmann, Author of the Rapid E-Learning Blog I'm delighted to have this witty, insightful, cleverly illustrated guide. --Michael W. Allen, Ph.D., Author of Michael Allen's Guide to E-Learning

Table of contents

introduction 1 Where do we start? 2 Who are your learners? 3 What's the goal? 4 How do we remember? 5 How do you get their attention? 6 Design for Knowledge 7 Design for Skills 8 Design for Motivation 9 Design for Environment 10 Conclusion Index