I’m finally emerging from end-of-the-semester projects—one more term to go before getting my Masters in Educational Technology from San Diego State University. I’ve listed some of the books that I’ve found professionally useful this term below.
From a performance improvement/organizational development standpoint:
- Robinson, D. G. & Robinson, J. D., (2008). Performance consulting: A practical guide for HR and learning professionals (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
- Rossett, A. (1999). First things fast A handbook for performance analysis. SF: Jossey Bass/Pfeiffer. (A decade later, it’s still very relevant)
- Wick, C., Pollock, R., Jefferson, A., Flanagan, R., (2006). Six disciplines of breakthrough learning: How to turn training and development into business results. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.
Considering game design:
- Braithwaite B., & Schreiber, I. (2009). Challenges for game designers. Boston, MA: Charles River Media
- Prensky, M. (2001). Digital game-based learning. New York: McGraw Hill.
- Schell, J. (2008). The art of game design: A book of lenses. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann.
Considering e-learning, more generally:
- Allen, M. W. (2003). Michael Allen’s guide to e-learning building interactive, fun, and effective learning programs for any company. New York: John Wiley.
- Clark, R. C., Nguyen, F., & Sweller, J. (2006). Efficiency in learning: Evidence-based guidelines to manage cognitive load. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.
- Keller, J. M. (2010). Motivational design for learning and performance: The ARCS model approach. New York, NY: Springer.
- Shank, P. (ed.) (2007). The 0nline learning idea book: Proven ways to enhance technology-based and blended learning. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.
Considering design, more generally:
- Visocky-O’Grady, K. & J. (2008). The information design handbook. Cincinatti: How Books.
- Baer, K., 2008. Information design workbook: graphic approaches, solutions, and inspiration + 30 case studies. Beverly (Mass): Rockport.
For some other favorites (and classics), you may want to check out this post: