In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this week’s resources continue to have the dual focus of providing resources that can help us navigate this troubling time, while also giving us new ways to expand the view we have on the work we do as L&D professionals.
Here’s a summary of this week’s content:
- A look at the complex array of online learning experiences
- Reminders of the power and joy of learning
- How to use Zoom to create a mini-online conference
- How games can keep us connected and learning while social distancing
- A curated list of resources that can help you learn how to be a conversation designer
The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning by Charles Hodges, Stephanie Moore, Barb Lockee, Torrey Trust and Aaron Bond
I share this post by Charles Hodges, Stephanie Moore, Barb Lockee, Torrey Trust and Aaron Bond for two reasons. First, it’s an excellent exploration of the complex array of experiences that virtual classrooms and other online learning technologies can support. Secondly, it defines what many of the COVID-19 education and training online experiences really are – Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT). Understanding ETF is important in the broader context of online learning, and in giving educators and trainers thrown into this world the respect they deserve.
The Simple Joy of Learning on the Job by Marc Zao-Sanders and Catalina Schveninger
In an environment where test-based education, compliance training, and other institutional programs, “learning” is often seen as a chore. It’s sad because there’s so much to love about learning, and when seen through the right lens, it’s one of the most powerful forces of growth that exist for individuals and orgainzations. This post by Marc Zao-Sanders and Catalina Schveninger provides a few good reminders of why this is the case.
The Making of a Zoom Mini-Conference by Mark Britz
I’ve often said that the true power of technology isn’t in what it does, but how we use it. This post by Mark Britz is a great example of this. It shares the work that he and a team from a local ATD chapter performed using a tool many of us suddenly find ourselves using – Zoom – to create an experience beyond the standard video conference.
Games, the Novel Coronavirus and Learning by Karl Kapp
Games can be a great source of connecting and learning. This post by Karl Kapp looks at how games support these activities and examines examples that are especially important in the context of COVID-19 and social distancing.
How To Become a Conversation Designer by Cathy Pearl
One of the things I’ve been exploring during this Stay at Home period is how voice-activated devices work. This post by Cathy Pearl curates a number of resources that can help you dive into the world of conversation design.
Stay Home, Stay Connected
Even in this unprecedented time of crisis, our learning is important. The eLearning Guild is fully committed to continuing to be a source of community, connection, and learning during the challenging weeks ahead.
We will be increasing the frequency of our online conferences and events, many of which will be available free to our members (Membership is also free).
Our guiding principle at the Guild is “Together We Are Better”. It shapes every decision we make and has arguably never been more important than the moment we are in right now.
We’re all going to be home a lot more than usual over the next few weeks, and our team is focused on creating new resources to solve the problems we’re going to need to deal with in the short-term, while we look forward to continuing to support the professional development needs our profession will need in the long-term.
If you have any thoughts on how we can better serve the community during this difficult time, please feel free to send me an email with your thoughts.
Be well, be healthy, and wash your hands.