David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 4/19/21

David Kelly, Executive Director, The Learning Guild

A year ago I updated the opening copy for my weekly curation to highlight resources that can help us navigate the pandemic, as well as the usual resources that can help enhance our work as learning professionals. Who would have thought a year later we’d still be looking at our work through that dual-lens.

While there’s light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19, its effects will last for some time after the pandemic ends. Each week’s curated resources will continue to focus on everyday knowledge and skills as well as resources focused on navigating the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic and its after-effects.

Here’s a summary of this week’s content:

  • How to refuse a training request without actually saying “no”
  • The value of getting employees to curate learning content
  • Why plain language can enhance learning outcomes
  • Critical things to look for when selecting a new learning platform
  • Important things that still need to be done after publishing an elearning course

What I Learned: How to say NO Without Saying NO by JD Dillon
People have a visceral fear of the word “no”, especially in providing service to a customer or stakeholder. After all, “the customer is always right”. However, I’ve always felt that how we handle the “no” situations can often do more to strengthen a relationship than anything else we do. This post by JD Dillon looks at how we can refuse a training request without actually saying “no”.

Four Benefits of Employee-Curated Learning Content
Curation can be a powerful way to get employees more engaged in their learning, and increase the efficiency of your L&D efforts at the same time. This post looks at four key benefits of getting employees involved in curating learning content.

How to Use Plain Language Guidelines to Improve Learning Outcomes
The words we use can have an enormous impact on how effective our learning programs are. Leaning too heavily on over-complex words and jargon can detract from learning. This post explores tips on how to use plain and simple language more often in your L&D projects.

6 Critical Things to Look For When Choosing an LMS by Laura Lynch
Choosing a lew LMS or learning platform can feel overwhelming. It’s critical that you have a plan to effectively vet and select the right platform for your organization. This post by Laura Lynch examines six critical things to look for when considering your next LMS.

The E-Learning Course is Done. Now What? by Tom Kuhlmann
Elearning designers and developers sometimes focus so much on developing a course that once it’s uploaded and live they simply move on to the next project. But the work of the elearning professional doesn’t end when the course is published.; a lot of important work still needs to be done. This post by Tom Kuhlmann looks at a series of additional questions exploring what happens after the course is uploaded.

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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