Curated Industry Content for the Week of 08/15/16

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:

Church, State, and the Future of VR: How The New York Times is Advancing Virtual Reality by Kylie Lobell
The New York Times was one of the first organizations to thrust virtual reality into the mainstream when it included Google Cardboard with it’s Sunday subscriber edition last year. This post expands upon why they did it and the results they saw, while providing great context around how VR got to where it is today, and where it may go in the future. -David Kelly

Nuts and Bolts: Narrating Our Work by Jane Bozarth
There’s a lot of interest in Narrating or Showing Our Work as a method of supporting learning and performance. But what does this look like in practice? This article shares a great example of a person choosing a new skill and narrating her journey of learning how to develop it. It’s a great example of work narration in action, with a number of lessons that can be applied to organizational learning. -David Kelly

Using Design Thinking to Embed Learning in Our Jobs by Josh Bersin
Design thinking is a great apprach that can lead to new and innovative ideas. There are opportunities for design thinking in the space of learning and development, but what does that look like? This article explores the opportunities design thinking may have for organizational learning, and examines examples of it in practice. -David Kelly

The World Needs More Checklists by Connie Malamed
Checklists are a hugely valuable tool for the learning and performance professional. They’re valuable because they are generally easy to create, easy to consume, while at the same time providing huge value through greater effectiveness and time saving. This post does a great job of exploring the advantages (and disadvantages) of checklists, while also examining different types of checklists and scenarios in which they can be applied. -David Kelly

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms by Jennifer Gonzalez
I share this post for two reasons. First, there are some intersting ideas shared on using Google Drive apps. But those ideas are somewhat secondary. What I really like about this post is the example it represents of what’s possible when you look past what a tool does and allow yourself to explore what it can do. -David Kelly

How to Make Your Writing Real by Brian Clark
Training content is fighting the same battle all content faces: A battle for attention. This article explores an important tool that can help get your content noticed: compelling writing. While the post is written for marketing professionals, the lessons it contains are easily transferable to learning. -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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