David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 9/16/19

David Kelly, Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

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

  • The dangers of echo chambers in your personal learning network
  • A major milestone in A.I. Technology
  • A getting-started resource for new podcasters
  • A great example of technology being used to solve problems in new and innovative ways
  • A list of rehearsal techniques for your next presentation
  • How multiple-choice questions can provide much more data than you may be using them for

The problem of living inside echo chambers by C. Thi Nguyen
Our ability to learn and grow is in many ways connected to our ability to reach beyond our comfort zone. Social media and the age of internet personalization have made it more challenging to see outside of what we already “know” and believe in. While this post looks at that paradigm and the risks it creates in the context of politics, the principles can easily be expanded to learning in general. Is your professional development taking place in an echo chamber?

A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test by Cade Metz
Understanding the possibilities of artificial intelligence isn’t about learning. If you want to understand how A.I. will impact how we learn, we need to follow how A.I. is changing how we live. This post examines a recent advancement in artificial intelligence that actually exists in both worlds.


Tips for Starting a Podcast by Jennifer Gonzalez
Podcasts are increasingly popular, not only for entertainment but as a source of learning. Many L&D departments are exploring how to use podcasts in their efforts, but understanding how to build one effectively can be a challenge. This post provides a roadmap for creating a podcast that includes a number of great tips for getting started.

Blind Engineer Invents A ‘Smart Cane’ That Uses Google Maps To Help Blind People Navigate by Andželika Jasevičiūtė
Disruptive use of technology isn’t about slapping new tech on old ideas; it’s about finding entirely new ways to solve problems. This post looks at a great example of just that. This solution would not be possible without approaching tech with a different question. Instead of asking what technology does, we find possibilities by wondering what it can do. Forget about what the technologies you use in your work “do”, ask yourself what they enable that you haven’t been able to do before. 

How to Rehearse for an Important Presentation by Carmine Gallo
How do new speakers prepare themselves for their first presentation? How do even the most experienced speakers continue to improve and keep their presentations fresh? The simple answer to both of those questions is the same: rehearse. This post examines a number of important rehearsal techniques to incorporate into your next presentation. My personal favorite from the list? Record yourself. It’s painful to watch, but the improvements you get from self-reflection will be well worth it.

eLearning Content Should Track Learners (But Not as You Think) by Clark Aldrich
When elearning professionals think of multiple-choice questions, there’s really not a lot of discussion around what the answers to each question can mean. The general assumption is that the supplied answer is matched against the correct one as a means of correlating understanding. But the data being collected can mean much more if we remove the baggage of what a multiple choice question traditionally means. This post looks at what data from multiple-choice questions can mean, and how it can be used.


Help Support UMC Children’s Hospital at DevLearn

We’re excited to announce that Guild for Good is collaborating with UMC Children’s Hospital to collect donations at the DevLearn Conference and Expo this fall.

UMC Children’s Hospital is devoted to making sick and injured children healthy and well by combining compassionate, family-centered care with modern technology. The eLearning Guild has informally supported the hospital in the past, most notably by donating musical instruments from the popular Ukulele Learning sessions at DevLearn the last few years.

This year we wanted to do something more. The hospital is always in need of things that bring joy to the children it serves, such as video games, toys, art supplies, books, and more. A full list of needed items can be found here.

If you’re planning to join us for DevLearn this fall, please consider bringing a donation for the hospital. You can learn more about our collaboration with UMC Children’s Hospital here.

Because together we are better, and together we can make a difference.

That’s what the eLearning Guild Community is all about.

Click here to learn more and join us in Vegas this fall.

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