David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 1/20/20

David Kelly, Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

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

    • A case study exploring an escape room used for learning
    • The risks that “beliefs” about learning can have on education and training
    • An innovative experience that helps you learn about presidential candidates
    • Six tips on how to improve your visual design skills
    • How to improve the inclusiveness of your organization
    • A look at the challenges and benefits of consuming content on mobile devices

How We Did It: Engage Your Learners with a Pop-Up Escape Room by Tracey Stokely
Escape rooms are a popular experience for entertainment, but how can they be used in the context of learning? This post by Tracey Stokley explores how Paycor implemented a simple “pop-up” escape room as part of their onboarding program.

“Beliefs” About How Students Learn can Only Get You So Far by Zach Groshell
This post by Zach Groshell is written with schools in mind, but I share it here for two reasons that apply to all areas of education and training. First, it articulates well my long-held view on how “beliefs” about learning can hold our practice back. Second, it provides a valuable alternative for the focus that should drive our work: goals and research.

Which of these 2020 Democrats agrees with you most? by Brittany Renee Mayes, Kevin Schaul and Kevin Uhrmacher
Try to ignore the politics of this post by Brittany Renee Mayes, Kevin Schaul and Kevin Uhrmacher for a moment, because I don’t share this to promote any candidates or ideas. I share this here because it’s an innovative and fascinating way to solve the problem of people learning about candidates so they can make an informed vote. This interactive post asks you to answer questions about your own views, and then shares which candidates share your views, as well as additional context. It’s a fascinating learning experience sure to inspire your own design ideas. 

The Best Way to Improve Your Visual Design Skills by Satyabrata Das
I’m always looking for resources to inspire and build my design skills. This post by Satyabrata Das shares six simple things you can do every day that can help strengthen your visual design skillset.

5 Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Workplace by Pooja Jain-LinkJulia, Taylor Kennedy, & Trudy Bourgeois
This post by Pooja Jain-LinkJulia, Taylor Kennedy, & Trudy Bourgeois isn’t about learning and development; it’s about ways that organizations can improve diversity and inclusiveness. And yet, if you look closely at the article, it’s full of activities and strategies that learning and development professionals are uniquely positioned to lead and/or influence. It’s a great reminder of the transformative power learning can have on people and organizations. 

Challenges And Benefits Of Delivering Content On Smaller Screens by Patti Shank
It wasn’t that long ago that elearning designers and developers had to deal with mobile devices as an exception that needed to considered within desktop-focused projects. Now, mobile devices are the norm. We are increasingly shifting to a culture where mobile devices are the primary source of content consumption. This post by Patti Shank examines a number of challenges (and benefits) that designers and developers must consider when building experiences on smaller mobile screens.

New Keynote Added to Learning Solutions 2020

The Learning Solutions Conference and Expo is the event each year that our industry looks towards proven practices that exist within the intersection of learning and technology. LSCon brings together learning professionals from all over the world for a singular purpose: Sharing What Works.

This year we’re excited to host a special keynote session exploring the next decade of instructional design. We’ve invited six of the eLearning Guild’s Guild Masters to share their unique perspectives using the fast-paced Ignite session format.

If you’re not familiar with the Ignite format, here’s a quick summary:

  • Each session is exactly five minutes long
  • Each session uses only 20 slides
  • Slides advance automatically every 15 seconds

This unique format will provide an energetic session with lots of great learning takeaways. We’re privileged to be hosting the following Guild Masters as part of this keynote session: Jane Bozarth, Julie Dirksen, Nick Floro, Connie Malamed, Megan Torrance, & Chad Udell.

This keynote is the perfect addition to extend the core purpose of what drives the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo each year: The importance of sharing what works.

Click here to learn more and join us in Orlando this Spring

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