- Well Structured
- For Beginners
While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Adult learners are embracing new tools and techniques, and using multiple online sources, including social networks and YouTube, to gather information and learn new skills. More and more, learners are self-motivated to find the information they need – whether through web searches or peer networks – and apply it to their work. Many learning professionals cling to a bygone era when learning & development (L&D) departments created and controlled learning, instead of maximizing the potential of this participatory revolution. Learning and Performance Institute chairman Donald H. Taylor challenges learning professionals who resist and deny change to open their horizons and offers a clear path to the L&D unit’s renewed relevance and contribution. getAbstract recommends this visionary, practical workplace learning guide to L&D professionals.
About the Author
Learning and Performance Institute chairman Donald H. Taylor has spoken about, consulted on and written about learning technologies for more than three decades. He has chaired the Learning and Performance Institute since 2010.