The Art and Science of Training

The art and science of training is worth a read.  Elaine Biech  integrates research with practice to provide a useful guide for designing and conducting effective training.

I particularly like Chapter 9 which emphasises the importance of what to do before, during and after training to make sure it transfers to the workplace.

Map it: The action mapping book

Map it – the hands on guide to strategic training design is a must read for practical advice on how to build capability in organisations.

It focuses on how organisations use action mapping to improve performance with targeted, efficient training.

Design for how people learn

Author Julie Dirksen.

This is another go to book when looking for new ideas and ways to refresh my workshops.

It draws on current science and theory about how people learn to provide practical strategies for designing learning programs.

Make it Stick: The science of successful learning

This is a great book that presents a summary of research into effective learning strategies. It does this in a way that is easy to understand and importantly, provides practical techniques for developing and becoming more successful learners.

There a number of take aways from this book including;

  • Learning that involves effort but is achievable sticks
  • Learning that is spaced out sticks
  • Quizzing along the way helps learning stick
  • Reflecting on learning helps learning stick
Telling Ain't Training

Telling ain’t training is a good book for trainers.  I find it provides practical, research based information on how to improve the effectiveness of your training. It focuses on 4 key adult learning principles and a five step model for creating great training programs

Fundamentals of workplace learning : understanding how people learn in working life. Routledge, New York

Fundamentals of Workplace Learning is a comprehensive guide to how people learn in the workplace, and the issues and challenges involved. Examining the essential aspects of workplace learning and unravelling the various influences which affect the success of work-based learners, Knud Illeris presents a holistic model to explain how diverse individuals can be encouraged and invited to learn at work.

Introduction to Rubrics: An assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback and promote student learning.

Introduction to rubrics is a great book on how to develop one of the most useful assessment tools – Rubrics. Obviously I am a big fan of rubrics because I’ve named my consultancy after them, and this was the first book I bought and continue to refer to.

Transformative learning in practice : insights from community, workplace and Higher Education.

Transformative learning is becoming influential in all areas of the educational landscape. In Transformative Learning in Practice, leading authorities and practitioners working in a variety of national and international settings, including college classrooms, corporate workshops, online, and informal groups in rural communities, offer insights and a wealth ofstrategies for fostering transformative learning in and out of the classroom.

Assessing student learning: a common sense guide.

This is an informative and practical guide on assessment covering topics such as promoting an assessment culture, characteristics of good assessment, audiences for assessment, organizing and coordinating assessment, assessing attitudes and values, setting benchmarks and standards, and using results to inform and improve teaching, learning, planning, and decision making.

Creating significant learning experiences :an integrated approach to designing college course. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco

Creating significant learning experiences is one of the first books I read supporting the use of backward design.   To create meaningful learning experiences, Dee Fink provides a simple yet highly effective framework.

1. Define the learning/performance outcomes sought

2. Develop assessment or evaluation processes to check that the outcomes have been reached

3. Design learning experiences/activities to help people successfully meet the assessment or evaluation criteria

This book is written for instructional designers and teachers of tertiary education but can be applied to workplace learning also.