David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 2/5/18

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

  • the resurgence of analog games for learning
  • a common curation mistake to avoid
  • the opportunities of VR for learning
  • L&D’s role in keeping employees safe
  • matching video against unique needs
  • why education can be a poor model for learning

Board Games and Card Games: Leading the Learning Game Field in 2018 by Karl Kapp
Card and board games have been around for generations, but have in some ways been left behind in recent decades by the influx of new, cutting-edge digital games. That trend seems to be shifting once again, as analog games are rising rapidly in popularity once again. This post examines that trend, and the opportunities that analog gaming opens up for learning and development professionals.

Are You a Curator or a Dumper? by Jennifer Gonzalez
Curation is a topic that has been buzzing in the L&D space for some time. I’m very interested in the topic, and have promoted the value of curation in my talks and writing over the last few years. Curation is also a source of some frustration for me. Like most buzzwords, the popularity of curation has led to a lot of applications of the term to practices that in my mind, aren’t curation and dilute the value of the concept. This post does a good job of describing one such example. As a bonus, this post is a nice example of how to criticize poor practice without attacking those that may be applying it.

The Basics of Virtual Reality and What to Expect in the Future via Designing Digitally
VR is emerging rapidly on the consumer market, and the opportunities for using the technology for learning and performance are extremely exciting. But what exactly are those opportunities? What makes VR something that will stick as compared to being the next tech fad? This post explores these questions and more, sharing examples of how organizations can use this technology as part of their learning and performance strategy.

How Do You Make Your Employees Safe? by John Arendes
The recent surge in sexual harassment stories has placed a much overdue spotlight on the world of workplace harassment. I truly hope that these movements spark long-lasting change not just in our workplaces, but to our culture in general. But talking about change is only the first step – making the changes is the hard part. This post explores a few ideas sparked by a recent EEOC Select Task Force study on what orgainzations (and the L&D departments that support them) can do to help create this change.

4 Right Reasons to Use Videos for Process Training in the Manufacturing Sector by Hema Gopalakrishnan
The usage of video continues to grow in the L&D world. Like most mediums though, using video is easy; using it correctly is more challenging. Effective use of video involves a number of factors unique to the medium, including using it within the right context. This post examines that need, as it matches unique elements of video with specific needs associated with process training.

Why Education is a terrible model for Learning by Nick Shackleton-Jones
This opinions of this post lean a bit further than my own, but the core message here is something that all learning professionals would do well to hear and accept: replicating what academic education looks like in a corporate learning environment isn’t effective. It never really was, but as technology advances and people have more options to drive their own learning, L&D professionals will need to shift their efforts towards what people can’t learn on their own.

Senior Leaders – Build your Learning Infrastructure Strategy

Learning and performance strategies of the past cannot effectively support the evolving organizations of today. While important, training just isn’t enough anymore. In order to engage and connect with the whole of our organizations, we need to expand our strategic perspectives.

The Executive Forum on Learning Infrastructure is an elite event for senior L&D leaders that consists of a one-day experience prior to Learning Solutions, plus the opportunity to continue the connections and conversations through exclusive learning opportunities at Learning Solutions. It is an opportunity to connect with other leaders as you explore how individual and organizational learning and performance can be enhanced through a combination of strategies.

Here’s a sample of the speakers and topics we’ll be exploring during the forum.

Check out all details about this year’s Executive Forum on the Learning Solutions website.


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