David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 11/13/17

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

  • The current state of machine learning and AI
  • A unique look at the microlearning trend
  • The affect sleep can have on learning
  • The role of social media during a crisis
  • A new option to share your elearning courses
  • How augmented reality is transforming training

McKinsey’s State Of Machine Learning And AI, 2017 by Louis Columbus
Machine learning and artificial intelligence may not seem like technologies directly impacting the world of learning, but that will change in the near future. These technologies are poised to fundamentally change how we live and how businesses work, which will have a natural effect on learning and education. This post explores the key findings from a major report on the state of machine learning and AI. 

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt by Sean Gallagher
Microlearning is one of the hottest buzzwords in our industry. In order to understand what microlearning means to your organization, you must examine this buzzword in context. This post does a good job of doing just that; examining what microlearning is, why it matters, and what it means. It’s written for higher education professionals, which provides an interesting perspective on a trend in corporate L&D. 

Interested in exploring what microlearning means to your organization? Be sure to check out details about a special event at the end of this post.

When do the clocks go back? Key facts about the switch to GMT via The Guardian
Many places around the world recently changed the clocks, rolling the time back one hour. Many people – myself included – welcomed the opportunity for an extra hour of sleep. This article takes this milestone and looks at the value of getting more sleep, and the benefits it can have on life, including our ability to learn.

During North Coast fires, Facebook and Twitter served as lifelines by Christi Warren
For many, social media conjures up images of pics of food, videos of cats, and other trivialities. But social media provides opportunities for so much more. Normally when I talk about social media in spaces like this I am doing so within the context of social learning, but this post highlights a more urgent usage: the role of social media in times of crisis. Having lived through a similar situation with Superstorm Sandy, I could not endorse this post more. Everyone should understand the value of social media in crisis situations.

How to Share Elearning Courses Using Google Cloud Platform by Mike Taylor
When Dropbox and Google Drive ceased offering web hosting services, many elearning developers suddenly found themselves challenged to find a cost-effective way to share their elearning courses with others. This post examines a free (or low-cost) option that you may not have considered before: Google Cloud. The post walks you through creating an account and bucket, as well as how to upload and share your files.

3 ways AR is transforming manufacturing and logistics by Michael Park
Augmented reality has the potential to completely transform many aspects of how organizations work. This post explores 3 ways that this will happen in the manufacturing space. However, you could sum up all three options into a single word: Training.

Go Beyond the Microlearning Buzz…

Microlearning is one of the hottest topics in our industry today. Before you jump on any new trend, it’s important to look beyond the hype and to develop an understanding of the true potential and value of the topic.

At the Microlearning Summit, you will explore what microlearning is and is not, and more importantly, what the most appropriate uses are for this new approach. You’ll leave this Summit with an awareness of the pros and cons of microlearning, as well as proven practices that you can leverage in your organization.

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