What folks are saying

Some people have very generously been saying some nice things about the book:

One of “10 great books to help you think, create, & communicate better in 2012…it has good material for professionals and students that can help them understand how people learn and how to design learning experiences (like presentations) that do a better job of engaging audiences.”
Garr Reynolds, Author of Presentation Zen

“If it’s possible to be in love with a book, then I am in love with this one. Julie Dirksen has written a most excellent book for the beginning practitioner as well as the seasoned veteran of instructional design.”
Cammy Bean, Vice President of Learning Design, Kineo

“This book is probably the single best book for the person who’s just getting started and wants to know more about instructional design and how people learn.”
Tom Kuhlmann, Author of the Rapid E-Learning Blog

“I’m delighted to have this witty, insightful, cleverly illustrated guide.”
– Michael W. Allen, Ph.D., Author of Michael Allen’s Guide to E-Learning

“Even if you’re not a learning geek, leafing through the pages of Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen will make you think, ‘This should be be fun.'”
Connie Malamed, The eLearning Coach

“One of the things I appreciate most about Design for How People Learn is that Julie Dirksen applies her own advice. First and foremost, she writes for how people like to read. The style is conversational, varied, and fun. She tells stories and makes liberal use of examples and non-examples, both hypothetical and from her experience.”
Judy Unrein, eLearn Magazine

“I think this book is an excellent resource and should be added to the reading lists of  both new and experienced Instructional Designers.”
Dave Kelly, Misadventures in Learning blog

“There’s book a I’ve been meaning to write…tentatively called…’What every L&D [Learning and Development] professional needs to know about learning’ (not so catchy I know). But I’ve been beaten to the gun by Julie Dirksen.”
Clive Shepherd, Author of The New Learning Architect

All in all, a great read for anyone interested in how people learn. Four cups! [Highest Rating]
Ann Pace, ASTD T+D Magazine

Frankly, this is the best book on learning design I’ve seen for the beginning designer, particularly those who haven’t had the necessary foundations and experience. This is the quick start anyone designing learning should use to get to success the fastest. I reckon if everyone designing learning had this book under their belt, we’d have a lot less garbage eLearning. Buy it, read it, pass it on, spread the word.
Clark Quinn, Learning Solutions Magazine

Note: these comments refer to the first edition of the book.

3 thoughts on “What folks are saying

  1. I appreciated the straightforward manner in which Julie explains instructional design in this book. She makes proven instructional design principles approachable, something that I have worked to do as an educator. Thank you Julie for your work!

  2. As an L&D practitioner with almost 10 years in the field, I have to say that the simplicity of your book is its greatest strength. You have taken a topic which is too often over engineered, and have explained it using simple stories.

    It is my all time favourite read around L&D and a must have for any L&D practitioner.

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