David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 10/14/19

David Kelly, Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

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

  • A look at the expanding world of instructional design careers
  • Examples of how artificial intelligence is transforming business
  • A list of design principles that impact the experience of learners
  • A case study exploring how to fine-tune survey questions
  • Tips on how to respond to and effectively accommodate a request to convert traditional training to online formats
  • The risks of oversimplifying in learning

Finding Your Place In an Instructional Design Career by Connie Malamed
The role of “Instructional Designer” has evolved a great deal in recent history, incorporating multiple responsibilities and tasks. This is a great post to explore that, be it from the angle of how you may want to specialize your I.D. career, or as an example of the broadening area of tasks that many general I.D. professionals are responsible for today.

12 Examples of Artificial Intelligence: AI Powers Business by James Maguire
Artificial intelligence is disrupting almost sector of work, so it makes sense that many are looking at how A.I. will disrupt education and training. However, before we understand how artificial intelligence can impact our work, we’d be best served to understand how it will affect other aspects of our life. That understanding will better help us put A.I. to work in the context of learning. 

7 UX Design Principles That Improve Learner Experience (LX) by Adam Weisblatt
As learning professionals responsible for building learning programs, it’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing more on the experience of the building than on the experience of the learning. This post examines a number of design factors that impact the learner’s experience. It serves as a great reminder to always put yourself into the shoes of the people that engage in the experiences we create. 

Iterative Design of a Survey Question: A Case Study by Feifei Liu
I share this post for two reasons. First, it’s a great example of working out loud and sharing your work so others can learn from it. Second, I like the end of the post sharing tips that are based on what the author learned as part of the case study.

Convert Training to Online by Christy Tucker
For many learning professionals, the request to convert traditional training to online training is not uncommon. However, converting classroom training to other formats isn’t as easy as pressing a button; doing it effectively requires thoughts and a process. This post does a great job of presenting some of the questions that you should be asking when requested to convert classroom training to an online format.

Nuts and Bolts: The Dangers of Oversimplification by Jane Bozarth
One of the ways to make a comp[lex topic easier to understand is to break it down to it’s simplest form. This removes much of the complexity, allowing core concepts to be understood. But I’ve always felt that this simplification comes with a risk, especially if we allow this simple foundation to serve as our complete understanding rather than a starting point. This post explores this and additional risks associated with oversimplification.

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