David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 08/28/17

This week’s curated content includes links exploring the following:

  • how design thinking can transform ID
  • a new source for video learning?
  • how to design with localization in mind
  • tips to improve your storytelling skills
  • A simple 5-step approach to getting started with microlearning
  • Why new technologies must be explored from 2 sides

Here’s the content for this week:

Design Thinking: Instructional Design Reimagined by Bob Melvin
There’s a growing number of people promoting design thinking as a tool we should be looking at in L&D. This post takes a unique angle on this topic, looking at three specific ways that instructional design can be transformed by adapting the principles of design thinking to our practices.

This is why LinkedIn is betting big on letting people share videos by Matt Weinberger
The world of user-created video continues to grow, as now LinkedIn will be adding the ability for users to post videos to the service. With LinkedIn’s focus on professional relationships, it will be interesting to see how people use this new option. Will the videos just be identical to what we already have on other networks, or will users create new and unique videos with LinkedIn in mind? It will be interesting to see how this evolves, and how these new videos might inspire or be leveraged into the world of L&D.

Designing Your E-Learning Course Graphics with Localization in Mind by Allison LaMotte
Localizing elearning content is something that is easily overlooked, especially if you haven’t had to prioritize it in the past. However, it’s an important topic in the world of global business, and just because you don’t need to localize your content today doesn’t mean you won’t need to localize the content you create today in the future. Thinking about localization today – even if you don’t think you need to – can create better content designs that are well positioned to accommodate localization in the future. This post provides a number of tips to help.

Ex-SNL Writer Reveals How to Spend 5 Minutes a Day to Improve Storytelling by Marcia Reifer Johnston
Finding your creative voice when writing can be a tough, but maintaining that creativity is even more of a challenge. Creativity is a skill and like all skills, it needs to be developed and maintained over time. This post explores a few different tools and exercises you can use to exercise your creative muscles and keep those skills sharp.

Just Get Started by Mike Taylor
Microlearning is a term that has emerged with great buzz recently, but the concept isn’t all that new in itself. In fact, many people have been using the principles of micro-learning for decades. All you need to do is get started to make it happen, and this post explores one example from someone who did just that. It also explores the five different elements that can drive such an effort.

HoloLens: What Are You Good For? by Dov Jacobson
Almost every new technology brings with it excitement and potential for learning. But in order for a new technology’s true potential to be realized, we may first need to discover where it doesn’t work. Take a technology like Google Glass. We needed to discover why it didn’t work as a consumer device in order to see its true potential landed in manufacturing. This post examines this need to explore new technologies from both sides, and shares additional examples of doing so with Microsoft HoloLens.

Creative People – Join our Design Challenge!

If you’ve been to an eLearning Guild Conference, you’ve probably seen one of our popular conference t-shirts. For this year’s DevLearn, we want to turn one of those designs over to our creative community. If you’re interested in joining the challenge, check out the details in the video below.

Remember, designs must be posted by Friday September 8 at noon PT in order to be entered in the challenge. You can check out all the details on the DevLearn website.

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