Last year, I published a list of items that an instructional designer might want as a holiday gift. The post’s popularity has inspired me to create a updated Instructional Designer Wishlist for 2017.
- A reality check. Is the instructional designer in your life burnt out with the glut of “neuroscience”- inspired educational theories that may or may not actually be true? Help your instructional designer differentiate between BS and real theories with this book: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally Satel et al. (Link: http://a.co/4bOX40N)
- Thinking about thinking. This is an older book (2012) about how people think. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. (Link: http://a.co/1oifPCA)
- Getting unstuck. This is an interesting deck of cards that prompts you to think about a product’s design in new ways. Since all of our educational materials are essentially educational products of some sort, this card deck can also influence how an ID’er thinks about her content. Thinkpak: A Brainstorming Card Deck by Michael Michalko. (Link: http://a.co/8tEAbti)
- New Powerpoint Toys. Most Microsoft Office products are programmable – that is, you can write VBA code into Microsoft Office products to implement all kinds of presentation and collation logic. I do it all the time, and I love it. That’s why I was jazzed to find this book from David Marcovitz that shows how you can create educational apps inside Powerpoint that integrate with your slides. It looks like this book will put the hair on your chest, but why shy away from complexity if it makes your content stronger? Powerful PowerPoint for Educators: Using Visual Basic for Applications to Make PowerPoint Interactive, 2nd Edition by David Marcovitz. (Link: http://a.co/9hV7Gfj)
Happy Holidays! Happy shopping!
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