David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 6/2/19

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

  • three questions that can add more meaning to your elearning courses
  • why user-testing can still be effective with a smaller group of testers
  • why a banking chatbot may be a major sign of things to come
  • the power design systems can deliver to your team
  • a cautionary look at artificial intelligence
  • the role memory plays in learning

How to Build Meaningful E-Learning Courses by Tom Kuhlmann
Elearning professionals have talked about creating engaging elearning experiences that motivate people assigned to take the course. This post flips the paradigm a bit, focusing on what the person taking the course needs: meaning. The post examines three key questions you should ask yourself that provide a framework that can add more meaning to the courses you build.

Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users by Jakob Nielsen
Most elearning teams understand the value of user testing, but often skip this critical step because of resource constraints. This post provides a unique perspective on user-testing that looks at using a smaller group of testers than you might have assumed user-testing requires. It’s an interesting idea that could enhance the usability of the programs you build. The post also gives some great tips on iterative design processes.

How a UX designer created a Capital One chatbot so good, some people want to marry it by Suzanne Labarre
This is a quick read that I share less for its content and more for what the content represents. Natural-language processing and interfaces (in this case taking the form of a chatbot) are increasingly becoming normalized into society. Consider this question as you read this: What impact might our shift towards natural-language interfaces have to your organization and the work you do in L&D? 

Everything you need to know about Design Systems by Audrey Hacq
This post explores the world of Design Systems, which is defined in the article as “…the single source of truth which groups all the elements that will allow the teams to design, realize and develop a product.” It’s a great post for teams of designers collaborating on the design and development of learning and development projects.

Why we are in danger of overestimating AI by Richard Waters
Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest buzzwords in L&D. Buzzwords always concern me, as I define a buzzword as a term whose usage is spreading faster than its understanding. When it comes to AI, there seems to be a lot of visions being painted without the context of what would really be required to deliver on that promise. When exploring a new technology it’s important to look not only on the potential but also on the limitations. More importantly, it’s critical to understand the hurdles that would need to be cleared in order for the potential to become a reality. This post explores that angle of artificial intelligence.

Prior Knowledge Powers Performance, Learning by Patti Shank
The role memory plays in learning is too often overlooked. This post examines the connections between existing memory and new learning. The post does a great job of looking at research on memory and putting it into the context of the work learning professionals do every day.

The eLearning Guild’s Articulate User Conference is Back!

Last year hundreds of Articulate 360 and Storyline users gathered in Las Vegas for the eLearning Guild’s first Articulate User Conference. This fall the event returns to Las Vegas as a co-located event with DevLearn 2019.

This year’s conference has been expanded to include even more breakout sessions led by experts from the E-Learning Heroes community and the Articulate Community Team. The event will feature four unique tracks, providing a wide variety of content perfect for both newbies and seasoned pros.

  • Articulate 360 Foundations: Sessions focused on getting more out of the core functionality of Rise 360, Storyline 360, and other Articulate 360 apps.
  • Improving Course Design: Improve the quality and engagement of your eLearning courses with the techniques shared in these sessions.
  • Development Strategies & Tips: Expand your skills with sessions focused on advanced development tips and techniques.
  • Building Beyond the Course: Learning is increasingly expanding beyond the course. Explore how Storyline 360 and other Articulate 360 apps can be used to create valuable non-course-based eLearning resources and tools.

More sessions and surprises, including another sneak peek at new and upcoming enhancements to Articulate apps, will make this year’s eLearning Guild Articulate User Conference an event you won’t want to miss!

Make your plans to be a part of The eLearning Guild’s Articulate User Conference today!

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