David Kelly’s Curated Content for the Week of 09/19/16


I read through a number of articles and blog posts each day, and every Monday I curate a few of my favorites for members of the eLearning Guild Community, and for the learning and performance field as a whole. Each shared resource includes a brief introduction explaining why I find the link to be of value and recommend you read it.

Here’s the content for this week:

Stop Using Dropbox to Share Your Courses & Try This Instead by Tom Kuhlmann
In just a few weeks Dropbox will be making a change to it’s service that disables it’s ability to render HTML pages. This change drastically minimizes its ability to be used as a tool for sharing elearning projects. This post details the upcoming changes to Dropbox, explains why the changes matter, and provides suggestions on alternatives you can use. If you use Dropbox in your elearning work, this is a must read.

Tim Cook Says Augmented Reality is ‘Larger’ Than Virtual Reality by Joe Rossignol
Tucked into the media frenzy surrounding last week’s release of the iPhone 7 was a very interesting statement from Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding to potential of Augmented Reality as compared to that of Virtual Reality. I share this for two reasons. First, he makes a valid argument about the greater potential for a shared experience via AR than via VR. More importantly, you can bet that if Tim Cook made this statement, it’s likely representative of Apple’s strategy, and that could be a major boost to the future of AR in the mainstream.

Twitter’s new, longer tweets are coming September 19th by Chris Welch
For many in L&D, myself included, Twitter is a major part of connecting and sharing with people in my personal learning network. Some people also use Twitter as part of organizational learning programs or just for their own personal use. If you use Twitter, you should definitely be aware of the changes that are taking place, as they remove certain items like media attachments and quoted tweets from the 140 character limit of a tweet. These changes could add more flexibility to your messages and interactions on Twitter.

Behavior Research Links by Julie Dirksen
This resource has a meta-flavor to it, as I’m curating a resource of someone curating resources. There’s growing interest in our industry around the science and research related to behavioral change. Julie Dirksen is one of my most trusted curators of credible information in that space, and in this post she shares a number of great resources for anyone looking to dive into the topic.

Sweet Mother of Deception — Sugar Industry Lessons for the Learning Professional by Will Thalheimer
Last week a story about the sugar industry misleading the public about the effects of sugar became a headline across the nation. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened and sadly, it won’t be the last. This post examines what the sugar story means for L&D, and shares a few examples of similar misleading news stories within our industry. It’s a great reminder of the diligence we need to show before accepting any information at their face value.

Staying ahead by slowing down by Euan Semple
Most learning professionals would agree that reflection is one of the most powerful tools for learning. Despite this, we do not prioritize it related to our own personal development, leaving it to be one of the first casualties to how busy our schedules are. This post not only serves as a reminder to reflections importance, but it also puts the importance into context, exploring how reflection helps with problem solving and preparing us for the future workforce.

What are you reading?

If you have an article, blog post, or other resource that you think others in our community should read, please feel free to send it to me along with a few sentences describing why you think the resource is valuable. Your link may be featured in a Community Curation highlight in a future post!

Until next week!

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