David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 11/27/17

This week’s curated content includes links exploring the following:

  • How Walmart is using VR for training
  • Why sexual harassment training doesn’t work
  • How to use heatmaps in elearning
  • What “Pavlov’s dogs” really means
  • An example of the new types of experiences AR can create
  • How to write a good branching scenario

Walmart Says VR Training Is A Hit With Its Staff by Jack Money
There’s a lot of interest in using virtual reality for training, but the actual use cases are still somewhat challenging to find. That’s beginning to change. This article explores an example from one of the biggest companies on earth: Walmart. In addition to being an example of VR being used for training, I also like that this example because it answers what I consider to be the key VR question organizations need to ask as they consider VR: Can VR solve a problem that couldn’t be solved any other way?

Why sexual harassment training doesn’t stop harassment by Jena McGregor
The recent increase in high-profile reports of sexual harassment has put the topic at the height of visibility in our country in recent weeks. These high-profile reports have empowered more people to come forward and share their stories, making us more aware of how pervasive this problem is. It’s also placed a spotlight on finally changing our culture around harassment, and that will require us to explore some difficult questions. This article explores one such question that hits home for L&D: Why doesn’t sexual harrassment training work?.

Hot or not: how heatmaps can transform the way you optimise your online learning by Laura Parsons
Heatmaps are fairly commonly used to track website activity, but how can they be used to help us build better elearning? That’s the question explored by this post. After explaining what a heatmap is, the post explores how they can be used to better understand how users are engaging with our content. It also shares a few tools you can use to begin exploring heatmaps in your work.

‘He’s Pavlov and we’re the dogs’: How associative learning really works in human psychology by Edward Wasserman
Sayings that include references to “Pavlov’s dogs” are very common. They’re so common in fact that their usage can trivialize their reference and what we can learn if we look at the work of Pavlov and related works more closely. This post explores just that topic and what it means for associative learning.

Black Eyed Peas’ graphic novel, ‘Masters of the Sun,’ gets the AR treatment by Greg Malano
One of the things I find most interesting about augmented reality is that a technical description of what it is doesn’t adequately describe what an AR experience is. The description of “digital assets overlaid upon the real world” is accurate, but what that means within an experience can mean many different things. It’s important that we explore these different possibilities as we consider applying AR in the context of learning and development. This post explores a unique application of AR – using it to transform a static comic book into a multimedia experience.

What to Write First in Branching Scenarios by Christy Tucker
Branching scenarios are a staple of elearning. To often we focus more on the technical components of building the scenario and not enough on the narrative taking place. This post explores the writing of the scenario itself, sharing the authors process and providing a number of tips you can apply to your own work.

Go Beyond the Microlearning Buzz…

Microlearning is one of the hottest topics in our industry today. Before you jump on any new trend, it’s important to look beyond the hype and to develop an understanding of the true potential and value of the topic.

At the Microlearning Summit, you will explore what microlearning is and is not, and more importantly, what the most appropriate uses are for this new approach. You’ll leave this Summit with an awareness of the pros and cons of microlearning, as well as proven practices that you can leverage in your organization.

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