David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 4/25/22

David Kelly
CEO, The Learning Guild

I read through a number of articles and blog posts each day as part of my professional development. Each week, I curate a few of my favorites, including a brief introduction explaining why I find the post to be of value, and recommend you read it.

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

  • Elearning lessons from the world of exercise
  • Strategies to support upskilling of your workforce
  • Tips on how to make your visuals more effective
  • Ways to make microlearning more active
  • How to automatically back up your learning program files

What Zumba Taught Me About My eLearning Career
This post by Becky Goldberg touches on two important points. The core of the article explores lessons learned from taking Zumba classes that apply to learning. The second message of the article emphasizes the important role exercise plays in our day-to-day work and health.

6 Strategies to Upskill Your Workforce
Upskilling is one of the hottest terms in L&D. This post by Sagar Goel, J. Puckett, Pablo Claver, and Orsolya Kovacs-Ondrejkovic looks six different ways to better support upskilling in your organization.

Make Helpful Images Not Just Beautiful Ones
Visuals are an important part of elearning projects and can often be the difference between programs that are effective or ineffective. This post by Matt Pierce shares highlights from his interview with Diane Elkins exploring the role visuals play in training programs, and how to ensure the visuals you use are effective.

Short and Sweet: The Educational Benefits of Microlectures and Active Learning
Microlearning is a popular topic, but too few conversations on the topic go beyond just making content shorter. This post by Hua Zheng looks not just at how to create short video content, but also at the types of activities that can make those short videos more impactful.

How to Automatically Back up Your Course Files
There are few things more aggravating than losing a file and all of the work that went into it. This post by Tom Kuhlmann provides valuable tips on how to automate the backup of your work files.

What Role Do Groups & Communities Play in Learning?

Group membership is a great way to satisfy social and psychological needs for connection and belonging. Scanning through the group offerings on most social sites gives the impression that many were driven by someone saying, “Hey, let’s start a group!” How is your group different from others? What can you do to set it apart?

In this research report, Creating and Sustaining Learning Groups and Communities: A Guide for Beginners, Jane Bozarth sheds light on groups, communities, communities of practice, how to orchestrate participation and membership, as well as how to nurture and sustain your groups and communities.

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