If you like dogs and you want to learn, this little book’s a great place to start. And no, I didn’t mean if you want to learn about dogs. The dogs provide light-hearted, well-chosen illustrations to some simple lessons on how to start e-learning in an excellent, easy-reading book by an author who’s not trying to tell you what to learn or how to find a job, just how to learn using the wonders of modern technology. This nicely technological ebook is peculiarly satisfying, with pictures that stay where they’re meant to be even when you change the font size on your kindle, headings that look like headings, list that format simply with sensible white-space around them... Okay, maybe you’re not worried about those things, but they mean a lot to me. A book that’s easy to read is so much easier to learn from.
The author tells how your chosen learning system should give you access to study material, present the material engagingly, then get out of your way so you can learn. As a microcosm of such a learning system, this manual truly works. For someone who’s already signed up in a program and putting off those first steps, E-Learning 101 becomes the best friend at your side, telling you it’s okay to drop down those menus, log in and out, and enter discussion boards. And of course, any student’s best friend is always a dog. Canine images keep the learning light-hearted, make you smile instead of cringing away from the task, and give you that encouraging moment to draw breath.
E-Learning technology really can make learning easier, and this book, together with its dogs, helps you find out how—even when the glitches swallow your assignments (ah, the frown on that little pup’s face!), or daily life swallows your time. Practical suggestions deal with scheduling, motivation, procrastination, distractions and all those other everyday problems that get in the way of studying, making the whole process seem sensible and safe. If internet learning dismays you, I definitely recommend this little book.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review