David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 11/11/19

David Kelly, Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

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

  • Key questions to ask before making your next technology purchase
  • A great resource of thousands of copyright-free images
  • Mathematical research into the best failure rate for learning
  • An often overlooked aspect of productivity
  • An interesting look at the present and future potential of blockchain
  • How VR can be used to train people in empathy

Make Smart Decisions about Implementing Learning Technology by Jennifer Murphy
New technologies are shiny objects that get our attention. They’re by nature exciting. Excitement is fine, but it can also be dangerous if we make decisions based on the hype and excitement rather than on logic and reason. This post explores a number of important questions that should be explored before any new technology purchase.

Download 11,710 Free-to-Use Photos of Roadside Americana by Nick Douglas
Images are an important asset in elearning projects. However, the licensing of photos can add considerable expense to a project’s budget. That’s what makes resources like this collection of copyright-free images so valuable. It’s a good site to bookmark, and a fascinating collection to explore.

Learning is optimized when we fail 15% of the time via Neuroscience News
Failure is a critical part of learning, but exactly how critical is it? Can we put a number on that? This post highlights a research project that looks to do just that. It uses machine learning to see what failure rate produced the fastest learning by the machine. It’s an interesting study with applications to the learning programs we build.

Your productivity hacks are useless without this one essential theory by Akhila Satish
I always enjoy tips that can enhance my productivity. I am always exploring different tools and systems, incorporating things I like into my personal workflows. This post looks at productivity through a different lens. Instead of focusing on the tools and techniques, it focuses on what drives an individual to be productive in the first place.

What’s Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much by Gregory Barber
I’ve never liked buzzwords, as I define a buzzword as a term whose usage has spread faster than it’s understanding. Blockchain definitely qualifies as a buzzword under this definition. There’s a lot of excitement around blockchain, and with good reason. However, this article poses that the current excitement over blockchain is premature, and provides a good summary of where blockchain us, and where it needs to go in the future.

Can Virtual Reality Teach Executives What It Feels Like to Be Excluded? by Emma Hinchliffe
One of the greatest powers of virtual reality is its the ability to allow a user to experience something they likely never could in real life. We’re starting to see a number of great examples of this power being used in the context of training, education, and learning. This post highlights one such example that targets a subject that VR may be uniquely positioned to support: empathy.

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