David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 8/2/21

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:

  • Tips on how to use scenarios in virtual classrooms
  • Tools that can help you be a better writer
  • How screenshots can improve communication
  • A look at self-efficacy theory and what it means for learning
  • Key questions to ask about supporting work in the new normal

Scenario-Based Learning & the Virtual Classroom by Jennifer Hofmann
The use of virtual classroom training has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and its usage will continue to be a major tool for supporting learning and performance after the crisis is over. But in order for us to truly harness the power of virtual classrooms, we must go beyond the typical webinar format. This post by Jennifer Hofmann looks at ways to incorporate scenario-based learning into your virtual classroom strategies.

7 great free tools for improving your writing by Doug Aamoth
I’m always looking for tools that can help me improve my work, and this is post by Doug Aamoth shares a great list of tools to help improve an important skill: Writing.

3 Ways Screenshots Improve Your Word Docs, PowerPoints, and Emails
The saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and I’ve always used that idea in my communications. I always found it easier to show someone something when I could, rather than telling. This post shares a few simple ways that screenshots can enhance your communications.

At the very heart of the feeling of personal effectiveness by Catherine Meilleur
Self-efficacy is a central self-management mechanism inherent to our motivation, accomplishment and well-being. This post by Catherine Meilleur explores self-efficacy theory in detail, and the role it plays in learning and performance.

How Do We Make Good Choices for the Future of Work?
I always find questions to be a great resource for brainstorming and building strategies. This post shares that theme, presenting a number of key questions that can help you better plan support for employees returning to work in the new normal.

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 are 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 Learning Leaders Online Forums, and our Learning Leaders In-Person Forums at DevLearn and Learning 2021 this fall (when registered for the conference). 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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