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  1. I find it interesting you have a book shelve for elearning. I find many of the books I read are outdated by the time they hit market. I guess I’m more of a magazine/journal person.

  2. Hi Virginia,
    Yeah: I know – ironic, isn’t it? I wondered would anyone pick up on that.

    Should I reject books, give (or take) an instructor-led course, or use any other channel to learn that suits me, just because I am an e-learning professional?

    My answer is emphatically “No. Not a chance.”

    Would I recommend that anyone else should keep an E-Learning Shelf?

    Yes, but it’s not my call. E-Learning is about expanding learners’ choices and extending the ways they can learn.

    I take your point about information remaining current, but if you have a look at the list, you’ll see that the texts reflect aspects of learning and development that don’t change – at least not *that* quickly. Luckily I am at this stage in my career where I have the skills to critically analyze any piece of information (analog or digital) and evaluate its relevance and currency, so I’m not too bothered about that.

    I would assert that Mayer & Clark’s work on multi-modal learning, or Kirkpatrick’s classic on measuring learning are fundamental, for example. Don Morrrison’s text will not go out of print any time soon, and is as much a treatise in organizational strategic development as it is about e-learning.

    Equally, while the specific tools and technologies we use do change over time, a server is still a server, an summative evaluation form is relatively constant (especially since testing can be bound to the QTI standard).

    The is another reason that I have a bookshelf: I like books. I also love my (12-inch vinyl) record collection, even though I have no end of CDs, DVDs, and MP3s. Last week I bought the new U2 album in LP and CD format. I know which format sounds better (to me) despite the lack of portability, the extra care needed, and so on.

    As I mentioned in my blog post, this library is my knowledge well: magazines and journals are equally a valued learning resource for me: I also subscribe to a range of electronic and print media, as well as reading blogs and wikis etc.

    In another way, this shelf is a tangible representation of my personal growth and history as an e-learning pro. Some of those text has been with me for quite a while and they’re not going anywhere, anytime soon.

    So what do you keep on YOUR shelf, whether it be physical or virtual?

    Michael

  3. Well, it’s taken a while for me to do it, but I put together a book list here.

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