David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 7/19/21

David Kelly, Executive Director, The Learning Guild

Over a 18 months 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:

  • What personas are and how they can be used in L&D
  • A look at the privacy settings of a common audio editing tool
  • Tips on how to bring statoic content to life
  • How to maximize your productivity when your energy is low
  • A robust collection of practical ID tips

How Personas Can Drive Training Motivation and Effectiveness by Lynne McNamee
Personas are a powerful tool commonly used in the world of marketing. This post by Lynne McNamme explores what a persona is, and how it can be used in the context of learning and development..

Is Audacity Really Spyware? by Khamosh Pathak
Audacity is a free audio-editing tool that is commonly used by L&D professionals. This post by Khamosh Pathak looks at the updated privacy settings of the latest version and what it may mean for the future. If you’re a user of Audacity, this is a must-read.

3 Ways to Make Static Content Interactive by Tom Kuhlmann
One of the biggest frustrations I had in my early work in instructional design was trying to bring static and boring content to life. This post by Tom Kuhlmann shares three great tips that can help overcome this challenge.

How to Be Productive When You’re Tired by Mike Vardy
I find my approach to tackling my to-do list needs to change based on my energy level. This post by Mike Vardy dives into this concept and shares a simple but practical way to maximize our productivity even when your energy is waning.

The Nuts & Bolts of Instructional Design: A Beginner’s Toolkit by Jane Bozarth
Jane Bozarth’s Nuts and Bolts column in Learning SOlutions has provided practical, real-world, advice for instructional designers for year. This robust toolkit curates many of Jane’s best articles into a single volume, organized in a way that forms a great resource for new and experienced IDs alike. It’s completely free with a free Learning Guild membership.


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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