David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 4/20/20

David Kelly, Executive Director, The eLearning Guild

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this week’s resources continue to have the dual focus of providing resources that can help us navigate this troubling time, while also giving us new ways to expand the view we have on the work we do as L&D professionals.

Here’s a summary of this week’s content:

    • Resources to help with common challenges caused by COVID-19 disruption
    • A curated list of 360 VR Tours to help you virtually leave the house
    • How a new show from Netflix is able to put inclusion and representation into practice
    • Tips on improving the accessibility of your online learning programs
    • Simple ways to improve your elearning development production

COVID-19 Disruption Challenges and What to Do About Them by Bill Brandon
The emergence of COVID-19 has drastically disrupted the status quo of work for most learning and development professionals. This post by Bill Brandon looks at some of the common challenges many of us are dealing with in our work and provides resources that can help us better adapt to the disruptions.

360 VR Tours curated by Tracy Parish
In the current Stay-At-Home environment, it’s easy to become a little stir crazy from being stuck in the house. Virtual reality can be a great tool to explore places we are unable to visit physically. This post by Tracy Parish curates a number of great VR sites that enable you to virtually visit places all over the globe, right through even the simplest Google Cardboard VR headset.

Netflix’s Newest Series Takes Disability Inclusion to a New Level by Lauren Appelbaum
This post by Lauren Appelbaum looks at a new series on Netflix that prioritizes disability inclusion. While the comments about the show itself are worth sharing, I share it in the context of learning and development for the commentary exploring the importance of inclusion, and the example of how, with focus, representation can be prioritized in our practice.

Have You Created an Accessible Online Course? by Laura Lynch
With so many programs moving online for the first time due to COVID-19, it’s a good time to remind ourselves not only of the importance of accessibility but of how we can build our experiences with accessibility in mind.  This post by Laura Lynch provides a number of specific recommendations you can put into practice to improve the accessibility of the learning programs you build.

3 Production Tips for E-learning Developers by Tom Kuhlmann
I’m always looking for tips that can increase my productivity. This post by Tom Kuhlmann provides three great tips that can help increase the effectiveness of your work as an elearning developer.

Let’s Talk about Designing for Behavior Change

The work we do as learning, training, and education professionals in some ways comes down to a single simple goal: supporting a change in behavior. But what causes someone to change their behavior, and how can that knowledge inform our work?

In the latest research from the eLearning Guild, Designing for Behavior Change, Julie Dirksen provides an in-depth look at Susan Michie et al.’s research on how to understand and support behavior change to improve job performance. In this video conversation with the Guild’s Research Director Jane Bozarth, Dirksen shares common problems that arise when designing learning experiences for changing behaviors and explores how you can use the Susan Michie et al.’s COM-B model to find solutions.

You can watch this informative conversation and also download helpful resources FREE as part of your free membership with the eLearning Guild. Simply sign in (or sign up), and you’ll be able to view the videos and download the resources.

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