David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 8/5/19

David Kelly, Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

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

  • A look at common mistakes in multiple-choice questions, and how to fix them
  • A curated list of resources to make you a more productive L&D Professional
  • An example of how VR can be used as a content-creation tool
  • Tips from Google on data design
  • A list of free stock video sources
  • A look at the challenges of “Reader’s Block”

How to Fix 3 Common Flaws in Multiple-Choice Questions by Patti Shank
Multiple-choice questions are a frequently used tool in elearning. They are also one of the tools that are often used ineffectively. This post looks at some of the common mistakes people make when building multiple-choice questions.

100+ Learning, Design, & Technology Resources to Help You Get Sh*t Done by Mike Taylor
I’m always looking for new tools that can enhance the work I do. This post curates over 100 different resources that can help you be more productive as a learning professional.

Virtual reality technology helped make ‘The Lion King’ a hit. It could also change moviemaking by Ryan Faughnder
VR is much more than just a gaming device; it’s a new way of interacting with content. In order to fully explore the potential of any new technology, we need to look past the obvious applications. This article examines a use case for virtual reality you may not have considered – one that could transform the future of moviemaking. 

Google’s six rules for great data design by Mark Wilson
Data itself isn’t important; it’s the insights we can bring to light from data that enhance our decisions that is the real power. In that context, presenting data in a way that makes these insights digestible is a  critical skill. This post looks at some of the principles Google applies to its data designs. The post itself is great, but do take note of the source links from Google itself which is a rabbit hole of learning in itself.

15 Sources for Free Stock Videos by Connie Malamed
Many of my favorite bookmarked pages are those that share free and lo-cost resources we can use in our work. Many of the posts I’ve seen shared focus on free images; this one targets free videos. It’s a great list to bookmark for reference during future projects.

We All Know About Writer’s Block. What About Reader’s Block? by Grant Snyder
This humorous collection of sketches isn’t really about identifying solutions for “Reader’s Block”. It’s more about calling out the ridiculous reasons some of us come up with for not reading as much as we’d like (myself included). If we want to read more, we just need to create space for it.

How to Overcome the Challenges Facing Today’s Senior Learning Leaders

One of the biggest challenges senior learning leaders face today is keeping their organization’s learning strategy ahead of the advancing technology curve. And the reality is, it’s only going to get harder.

Today’s senior learning leaders need to connect with people and resources that can help them stay ahead of changes in technology, and to help build context on what each technology means to their organization.

I recently shared a post that explores 3 specific things all senior leaders should be doing every day:

  • Actively Connect with other Senior Learning Leaders
  • Become Conversant in Emerging Technologies
  • Engage in Discussions that Put Technology into Context

It’s these three tentpoles around which our Executive Forum has been built. You’ll meet senior leaders dealing with the same challenges you are, gain the knowledge needed to engage in emerging technologies, and participate in discussions that will help you and your organization grow.

If you are responsible for driving your organizational learning strategy, consider joining us for the Executive Forum, co-located with the DevLearn Conference and Expo.

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