Curated Industry Content for the Week of 11/9/15

twist-curated-content-1Every Monday we curate a number of articles and blog posts that have relevance to members of the eLearning Guild Community, and to the learning and performance field as a whole. Each piece of content that we share includes a brief introduction from the member of the Guild Community sharing why they think the content is important.

Here’s the content for this week:

Why Organizations Need to Make Learning Hard by Dorothy Leonard
Many instructional designers have the responsibility of breaking complex concepts down into something that can be easily understood. There’s great value in that. Like most things in life though, too much simplification can be a bad thing. Learning requires challenge; it’s what helps us make connections and apply the simplified knowledge to complex situations. It’s the challenge that helps people use what they are learning to solve problems, and that process of problem solving makes the learning much more powerful. -David Kelly

PwC Canada Strives for a Learning Culture by Stephen Gill
There’s a lot of talk in our industry about the need to take L&D strategy to a higher level, a level that looks at all the different ways workers learn and receive support in their work. Actual examples of this in practice are much harder to find. That’s what I like about this post. It talks about the efforts of PwC Canada to build a learning culture, including the vision that has been set to define what “learning culture” means to them, and details of the program put in place to support this vision. -David Kelly

MIT discovers the location of memories: Individual neurons by Sebastian Anthony
There’s a growing interest in Brain Science in the L&D field. Admittedly this article is well beyond anything that will impact the near term of Learning and Development practices. But it’s still fascinating to realize what breakthroughs are being discovered about the brain, and to allow your mind to explore the potential implications for learning and performance. -David Kelly

Augmented Reality: Believe The Hype (Cycle) by Howard Ogden
In 2008 Gartner’s annual report surmised that Augmented Reality was more than 10 years away from mainstream adoption. This article looks at where AR has gone since 2008, and examines it’s place in current mainstream technology usage. And I’ve said many times before, if you want to see how technology will change how people learn, you watch how technology is changing how people live. This is a great read. -David Kelly

Thinking about Badges and Learning by Karl Kapp
The interest in badges and digital credentials for learning continues to rise. At the same point, the topic is still new to a great many learning and performance professionals. This post curates a number of great resources you can use to learn more about the state and potential of badges for education. -David Kelly

What are you reading?

If you have an article, blog post, or other resource that you think we should consider sharing in a future Curated Industry Content post, please feel free to send a link to the resource to David Kelly along with a few sentences describing why you think the resource is valuable.

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