What will you read over the summer?



A few people that I subscribe to and follow, have shared their summer reading list, and I thought this would be a great idea.  Many of you have commented on the books that show behind me on my bookshelf when I am creating videos so here is a list of my must-haves.  Learning is an ongoing and ever-changing journey, especially with the technology that is constantly evolving. Some of the books are my text books from a Master of Adult Education, others are resources I have purchased over the years. These books provide ideas about keeping your audience inspired and engaged.





I’m taking a short break on writing blog posts, so I wanted to leave you with a list of great resources.

  • You can also check out our other blogs, tutorials and quick tips videos, that you may not have read or watched yet.
  • Plus a special Summer Shorts Series of one minute quick pro tip videos about online facilitation, will be posted on my YouTube channel 2x a week.
  • Consider subscribing to my YouTube channel to be notified when they are posted, since a weekly email will be on pause, for the rest of the summer.

Below you will find a list of the books that are great resources. These will help you facilitate engaging online learning experiences, or if you are interested in learning more about Adult Learning best practices.



Facilitator summer reading list:



Making Sense of Adult Learning – Second Edition by Dorothy Mackeracher


making sense of adult learning second edition text book by Dorothy Mackeracher


This is a textbook from my Masters of Adult Education.


“Understanding how adults learn and applying that expertise to practical everyday situations. This book is for anyone working with adult learners in a variety of contexts.” 2010







Building the Learning Organization – Third Edition by Michael J. Marquardt


building the learning organization textbook by Michael J. Marquardt



“This book tells how to successfully transform an organization into one that not only continually learns from its experiences but quickly translates that knowledge into improved performance.” 2011







E-Learning Theory and Practice – by Caroline Haythornthwaite & Richard Andrews




“This is a must-read for educators. The authors set out different perspectives on e-learning. Exploring the way teaching and learning are changing.” 2011








Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide – by Sharan B. Merriam, Rosemary S. Caffarella & Lisa M. Baumgartner


learning in adulthood textbook




“Learning in Adulthood addresses a wide range of topics including: Who are adult learners? How do adults learn? Why are adults involved in learning activities? How does the social context shape the learning that adults are engaged in? How does ageing affect learning ability?” 2007





Quick Emotional Intelligence Activities for Busy Managers – by Adele B. Lynn


quick emotional intelligence activities for busy managers



“This simple, easy-to-use book gives managers, supervisors, and team leaders activities to help their teams overcome emotional obstacles and become more effective.” 2007








Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers – By Brian Cole Miller


quick team building activities for busy managers



“Every team needs a regular dose of team spirit to function at its best. That’s why managers turn to these easy and effective activities for building camaraderie and cohesion.” 2004







Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers – by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown & James Macanufo


Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers


“Great things don’t happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.  This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies.” 2010





Interact and Engage! – by Kassy Laborie & Thomas Stone


interact and engage



“Engaging online audiences can be challenging. Learn how to break the mold of static lecture-style online training that drives participants to multitask or, worse, tune out.  Interact and Engage! offers proven strategies for captivating your live online audience.” 2015






Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory & Practice – by Howard Gardner


multiple intelligences - new horizons by Howard Gardner



“Tens of thousands of educators, parents, and researchers have explored the practical implications and applications of this powerful notion, that there is not one type of intelligence but several, ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in self-understanding.”

I just ordered his book called “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences” 2011






Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning – by Patricia Cranton


Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning by Patricia Cranton


“This book explains the transformative learning theory, describes the process from the learner’s perspective, explores individual differences in transformative learning, presents strategies for fostering transformative learning, and discusses how adult educators themselves are transformative learners.” 2006

I have not read it yet, so it’s on my summer reading list.






Of Books, Barns, and Boardrooms – by Ellyn Lyle


of barns books and boardrooms by Ellyn Lyle


“An account of a teacher’s journey across three unique learning environments in search of pedagogical meaning in a world where education too often is left to the convenience of prepackaged, low-maintenance products pretty much void of a more meaningful exchange process.” 2012


This was one of my favourite books, while I was in school!






View the video below to learn more about why I choose these books to share with you for a Facilitator’s Summer Reading list.  There are a variety of ways to engage your diverse learning audiences. These books focus on adult learning best practices and explore research based engagement strategies.









I hope you enjoy some or all of the suggested books over the summer…we’ll be back again in the fall with engaging and informative blog posts.  In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to enjoy all of the upcoming “Summer Shorts” –  a series of 1-minute quick tip videos that you are sure to find helpful!



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