David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 6/18/18

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

      • Alternatives to using bullet points
      • how VR helps us remember
      • how data can drive strategy
      • why ID doesn’t have to be hard
      • A look at the past and future of L&D
      • A key question to ask before you make your next software purchase

Better Than Bullet Points: Alternative Text Slide Designs by Mike Taylor
When people think of “Death by PowerPoint, they probably imagine a slide with a number of bullet points in use. Bullet points are useful for organizing information, but they’re cliche at best, and nails-on-the-chalkboard painful at worst. This post explores a number of alternatives that can deliver the value of bullet point-like organization of content in a more visually appealing way.

VR helps us remember by John Biggs
Much of the conversation around VR-enabled education and training centers on the activities we engage in within the virtual environment. But does the virtual environment itself help us remember information more than the same information presented in a two-dimensional screen? This post explores research that indicates this may be the case.

How Uber Depends on Data Analytics to Deliver Extreme Customer Service – Face To Face With Uber’s Chief Data Architect by Raj Dalal
Big data and data analytics are huge topics not only in L&D, but in the digital landscape in general. While many people are understanding what these terms mean in general, what’s lacking is what these concepts look like in action. This post shares an interview with the Chief Data Architect from Uber, which provides some great examples of how one organization is leveraging data to drive its practices and strategy.

ID Isn’t Easy, But It Doesn’t Have to Be Hardby Cammy Bean
Instructional design is a deep and complex field built upon decades of research, theory, and practice. It’s also a field that many enter without having spent years learning and applying all of that information. This is one of the biggest gaps and challenges that exist in our field today. This post does a great job of identifying the “big rocks” that newer IDs can focus on to speed up their productivity and effectiveness in the short-term while they dig into the finer details to sharpen their skills for the long-term.

A New Paradigm For Corporate Training: Learning In The Flow of Work by Josh Bersin
The world of learning and development has and will continue to evolve over time. Understanding how the world changes and how that affects the world of L&D is important in adapting our practices to an ever-evolving landscape. This post explores the history of how technology has shifted our practices and uses that context to examine where we might need to go from here.

Ask One Question To Address Your Organisation’s Online Learning Problem by David James
The questions we ask ourselves about our strategy are often more important than the answers themselves. This post explores a simple question that should drive any capital application purchase and can be used to drive all sorts of different projects.

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