Curated Industry Content for the Week of 04/18/16

twist-curated-content-2Every Monday we curate a number of articles and blog posts that have relevance to members of the eLearning Guild Community, and to the learning and performance field as a whole. Each piece of content that we share includes a brief introduction from the member of the Guild Community sharing why they think the content is important.

Here’s the content for this week:

7 Ways Blogging Makes You a Better Leader by Mark Schaefer
This article is about leadership; it’s right there in the title. But that’s not why I share it. I share it because the reasons the author ties blogging with leadership are the same reasons I blog in the context of learning. I encourage you to look at the seven reasons listed and ask yourself “How would this help me learn?” -David Kelly

15 Research Tools and Resources For Presentations by Leslie Belknap
While this post focuses on presentations, the research tools described in this post are great suggestions for writers, instructional designers, and more. There are definitely som good sites for bookmarking here. -David Kelly

25 Incredibly Useful Free Sites And Services by Doug Aamoth
Another post of curated resources, this post collects a number of free tools that can be extremely useful. While the services vary, some that could be especially useful in the context of elearning include sites that can convert almost any type of file, transfer huge files, generate Lorem Ipsum content, and much more. -David Kelly

16 Famous Designers Show Us Their Favorite Notebooks by John Brownlee
A notebook can be a tremendous source of learning. I find how different people take notes very interesting, as it can inspire new ideas and possibilities. This post provides the rare opportunity to take a peek into the notebooks of some of the most famous designers in the world. It’s not what’s in the notebooks that matters; it’s about the different ways each takes notes. -David Kelly

Design Thinking vs. Visual Thinking by Matt Morasky
Design thinking is a popular buzzword in our industry. It’s also a phrase that’s often misused and applied to contexts inaccurately. This post does a great job of defining design thinking and comparing it to another popular phrase, visual thinking. -David Kelly

A Simple Cure For Education’s Jargonitis by Anya Kamenetz
Jargon is one of the fastest ways to get business leaders to tune out of a discussion about training, education, and learning. This post examines some of the jargon attached to education, and how we can avoid using it. I especially like the suggestion of using a text editor limited to the 1,000 most common words as a tool for explaining a concept in it’s most simple form. -David Kelly

What are you reading?

If you have an article, blog post, or other resource that you think we should consider sharing in a future Curated Industry Content post, please feel free to send a link to the resource to David Kelly along with a few sentences describing why you think the resource is valuable.

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