David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 3/29/21

David Kelly, Executive Director, The Learning Guild

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:

  • Why utility is more important than form in ID
  • A look at what ID is, and resources on taking a deep dive into the profession
  • What LEGO can teach us about elearning interfaces
  • How journalistic skills can help with user research and infographics
  • How pervasive games have become in how we live, work, and play

What I Learned: Utility Over Form Every Time by JD Dillon
Designers naturally take pride in their work. including the quality of the look and feel of their projects. This post by JD Dillon provides an important reminder of why the form of a design, while important, is a distant second to its utility.

Instructional design helps you create classes, trainings, and apps that people actually learn from. Here are online classes you can take to get better at it. by Julia Kott
I share this post by Julia Kott for two reasons. First, it’s interesting to see how a business periodical describes instructional design. Second, the post curates a host of online courses that can new and experienced professionals can consider for taking a deep dive into the world of ID.

The UX of LEGO Interface Panels by George Cave
The interfaces we build into our elearning designs are often overlooked. This post by George Cave takes a deep dive into the world of interface design looking at an unexpected source: LEGO.

How to condense user research into a one-page sketch by Kai Wong
Both Infographics and user research are of interest and value for L&D professionals. This post by Kai Wong explores both worlds, providing great tips on how to use a journalistic approach to applying research and synthesize then in easy to understand visuals

Here’s why (and how) we’ll see gaming’s influence span across industries, regions, and more in 2021 by Rob Martin
You may not realize it, but games are becoming an increasing element of how we live, work, and yes, play, in our daily lives. This post by Rob Martin looks at a number of different ways that games are making an impact in 2021. What I find most interesting in the context of L&D is how many of the examples are simply integrated elements of an engaging experience, as opposed to an overt game.

The Learning Leaders Alliance community continues to grow, connecting learning leaders from around the globe who want to stay ahead of the curve and enabling aspiring leaders to build their skillsets.

Membership in the Alliance includes access to exclusive monthly digital events curated for today’s modern learning leader. Here’s just a few examples of what members have enjoyed so far this year:

  • A panel of Chief Learning Officers discussing how we support the entry into the new normal
  • A look at learning trends and how leaders can put them into practice
  • An informal discussion on what qualifies as a learning leader
  • An exploration of 5 pillars of learning leadership
  • A tactical look at the learning leader’s role in advancing diversity and inclusion
  • Research into what learning leadership looks like in 2021

In addition to monthly events, Alliance members also get free registration to the Learning Solutions Digital Experience in May, and our second Learning Leaders Online Forum in July. Join today to be a part of the community, and gain access to recordings from all the great gatherings that have already taken place in 2021.


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