Books

Published by The More Than Blended Learning Company

More Than Blended Learning (2015)

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Available as a paperback from Lulu.com, on Kindle or from the Apple iBookStore

Blended solutions combine contrasting learning methods and media in order to maximise effectiveness and efficiency. The More Than approach goes a step further to ensure the blend results in application to real-world tasks and the learner is supported along the whole length of their learning journey.

In this book, Clive Shepherd, one of the world’s leading experts on the design of adult learning interventions, describes a simple design process that can be applied successfully by any learning professional.

Using storytelling, case studies and compelling analysis, Clive describes how and why the More Than approach can transform adult learning.

Published by Onlignment

Digital Learning Content: A Designer’s Guide (2012)

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Available as a paperback or on Kindle

This guide is for anyone with an interest in helping others to learn. You may be a teacher, trainer, lecturer or coach. You may be a subject expert with knowledge you want to share or an experienced practitioner who wants to pass on their tips. You may already be a creator of learning content, looking to update their skills. Whatever your interest, this guide will help you to design learning materials that really make a difference. Digital learning content takes a wide variety of forms, including tutorials, scenarios, podcasts, screencasts, videos, slideshows, quizzes and reference materials. This guide provides you with fundamental principles that you can apply to any content creation activity as well as practical information relating to specific content types. We are fast approaching a point where all learning content will be digital and online. It’s time to join the revolution, to contribute as much as you consume. Your learning journey starts here.

The New Learning Architect (2011)

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Available as a paperback or on Kindle

We are all learning machines, constantly adapting to the ever-changing threats and opportunities with which we are confronted. We learn through experience, whether consciously or unconsciously; we learn by seeking out the knowledge and skills we need to carry out our day-to-day tasks; we learn by sharing experiences and best practice with our colleagues, and by taking advantage of opportunities for development, both formal and informal.

The new learning architect designs environments that enable specific target populations to take maximum advantage of all these opportunities for learning. To do this they need to understand the unique characteristics of their clients and the business challenges they are facing; they need to find just the right balance between top-down and bottom-up learning initiatives, between the formal and informal.

The new learning architect is at the vanguard of the next generation of learning and development professionals, taking advantage of the latest tools, technologies and thinking to help organisations meet the acute financial, time and environmental pressures of the 21st century.

Includes profiles of ten leading learning architects from across the world. Provides detailed guidelines for 35 different opportunities for workplace learning and development.

Transforming Learning & Development (2012)

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Available as a paperback, on Kindle or as a free e-book

This book describes how a transformation can take place in workplace learning and development. It sets out a vision for workplace learning and development that is aligned, economical, scalable, flexible, engaging and powerful. It moves on to look at some of the changes you can consider making in order to realise this vision, expressed as six shifts: from generic to tailored, from synchronous to asynchronous, from compliance to competence, from top-down to bottom-up, from courses to resources and from face-to-face to online. Finally the book focuses on the practical steps you need to take if you are to bring about this transformation.

The Blended Learning Cookbook (2008)

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Available as a paperback, on Kindle or from the Apple iBookStore

The Blended Learning Cookbook presents a way for trainers and teachers to analyse a learning need and to choose effectively from the ever increasing range of formal and informal media and methods at their disposal. More importantly, it provides imaginative solutions to a broad range of typical problems – solutions that will be readily adaptable to the reader’s own situation. The new version has twice as many recipes so you’ll never be short of ideas.

Live Online Learning: A Facilitator’s Guide (2011)
With Phil Green and Barry Sampson

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Available as a paperback, on Kindle or as a free e-book

Virtual classrooms provide a fantastic opportunity for any organisation that wants to get more training done more cheaply, particularly when participants are widely dispersed. Many of the skills of the classroom trainer can be transferred without difficulty to an online setting, but the experience can still be strange and sometimes a little daunting for those starting off as virtual classroom facilitators. This handbook brings together best practice guidelines from around the world and from the authors’ own extensive experience. It will provide you with invaluable support as you look to transfer your skills online.

Media Chemistry (2011)

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Available as a paperback or as a free e-book

All online communication, whether that’s published content, live online events or social media, make use of the same key media elements: text, audio, images, animation and video. The online communicator needs to know when to use each of these elements, how to do so effectively within the particular constraints associated with working online, and how best to combine media elements to achieve their communications objectives. Onlignment has prepared this resource to shed some light on these issues and to encourage more rewarding online communication for all involved.

Online Meetings: A Facilitator’s Guide (2011)
With Phil Green

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Available as a paperback or as a free e-book

These are early days for online meetings, so we can expect best practice to evolve, ingenious new features to be added to the available systems, and even cleverer applications to be discovered by those who have to put these tools into practice. At Onlignment, we have put a marker in the sand by developing our own set of rules for better online meetings, based on the best practice that we’ve been able to glean from around the world and from our own experiences as a virtual team.

Published by Above and Beyond

These titles are out of print but I do have a small number of the paperbacks and can email you the PDFs

E-learning’s Greatest Hits (2003)

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Available as a paperback or as a PDF e-book

This book is a compilation of articles written over three years by Clive Shepherd for IT Training magazine. Each chapter examines an important aspect of online learning, with the uninitiated reader in mind, but with a depth of critical analysis that will appeal to seasoned campaigners.

Topics include: e-learning skills; quality control; encouraging take-up and completion; content development; online tutoring; accessibility; games and simulations; learning objects; learning management systems; online assessment; electronic performance support; authoring tools; streaming media; mobile learning; virtual classrooms.

Its 28 chapters include more than 100 interviews with suppliers and users, and 24 case studies, backed up by extensive resource listings and a comprehensive glossary.

The Learning Object Design Assistant (2003)

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Available as a paperback or as a PDF e-book

LODA is a reference tool for designers and writers of online learning and performance support materials, to help them select the right strategy to meet their particular objectives. LODA collects together the hard-won experience and practical insights of some of the world’s most successful learning and information designers and structures them in an easy-to-use format that you can be using in minutes.

LODA won’t write your content, but it will certainly ensure that you know how.

Learn how to design: procedures (how to do things); processes (how things work); concepts (types of things); structures and layouts; rules and principles; simulations; games; decision aids; case studies; drill and practice exercises; tests; questionnaires.

LODA provides detailed instructions for more than 40 types of learning and knowledge object, along with six comprehensive visual demos.

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