Curated Industry Content for the Week of 07/04/16

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:

The Smoke and Mirrors of Enterprise Social Networking Metrics by Laurence Lock Lee
There’s been a growing interest in enterprise social networks in recent years. These systems look to bring to life the technological acceleration of business collaboration and social learning. But are they hitting the mark? This post explores the gap between what organizational leaders value from an ESN, and the types of metrics being reported related to ESN usage. It’s a great read that puts the reporting value of ESNs under the microscope. -David Kelly

Infoposters Are Not Infographics: A Comparison by Connie Malamed
Infographics are very popular today; you probably see a number of them popping up in your online activity each day. “Infographic” is also a popular buzzword in the learning and development space. I hate buzzwords. I define a buzzword as “A term whose usage is spreading faster than its understanding.” Lots of people are playing in the infographic space, but are all of the examples you see online really infographics? This post explores the ingredients of a good infographic, and what the difference is between an infographic and an infoposter. -David Kelly

Ford dealership steals art from indie game Firewatch by Nick Statt
The use of images and other forms of media is common in elearning. The proper usage of such media, especially in regards to license and copyright, is less common. In a world where saving an image found online is as easyas “right-click, save image as”, it’s important to realize that the rights and use surrounding media is far from simple. This article shares a simple example of what can go wrong when you ignore copyright. The article shares an example where those stealing assets have been judged by the court of public opinion; the damages that can occur in a court of law can be much more severe. -David Kelly

What Are Your Employees Thinking? A Look Inside The Modern Workplace by Karsten Strauss
This post explores the results of a recent PwC survey exploring the modern workplace. Some may read this article and wonder what it has to do with the Learning and Development field. In my mind, it has quite a lot to do with our work. There’s a constant call for L&D to be more business-minded. In order to do that, you need to understand the business in all facets, not just the L&D world. Data like what this article explores helps L&D understand the environment in which those we support live in. -David Kelly

Accessibility – What you can Achieve with Popular Rapid Authoring Tools by Sonal Sheth
Accessibility is something that mosr elearning designers know is important, but many struggle with understanding the scope of what it means or how to put it into practice. I like this post for two reasons. First, it explores specific ways you can address accessibility in your elearning. Second, it looks at three of the more common authoring tools in elearning today – Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora – and compares their ability to support accessibility in their authoring. -David Kelly

Louis CK – Anyone Can Do It
This is a brief, but powerful video. In it comedian Louis CK explores why he isn’t afraid to try something new, including both the mindset around trying something new, and the way we should approach failure. It’s a great message for us to take into our work, and into our lives in general. -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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