David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 6/15/20

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:

  • The features your LMS may need in a world forever changed by COVID-19
  • Tips on how to take a break from screens while working from home
  • How theaters are driving innovation and creating new forms of digital art using Zoom
  • A look at how our language can foster a culture of discrimination
  • A curated list of resources that will help you learn more about design thinking

Selecting an LMS: Five Features for COVID-19 and Beyond by Irina Demianchuk
The disruptions caused by COVID-19 don’t leave once the pandemic subsides. Our world will be in many ways forever changed, and there are lessons that we will apply to the “new normal” of the future. This post by Irina Demianchuk examines a number of LMS features that the crisis has placed a spotlight on that will be important to have available in your LMS in the future.

5 Tips to Reduce Screen Time While You’re WFH by Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Working from home often means that we’re glued to our screens most of the time. That can be draining, so finding ways that you can step away from your screens can be an important part of adjusting to a healthy WFH routine. This post by Elizabeth Grace Saunders looks at fine ways to take a break from screentime while working from home.

Does Interactive Theater Work on Zoom? Two Theaters Switch on the Video. by Helen Shaw
It seems like “Death by Zoom” is rapidly being as popular a phrase as “Death by PowerPoint”. It’s appropriate too, since both phrases criticize a powerful tool for the basic way it is being used. This post by Helen Shaw looks at some of the innovative ways Zoom is being used in theatrical settings, exploring what it means to be “live”, and how new digital art forms are emerging. 

Learning to Recognize Discrimination in Business Language by Bob Wiltfong
Comedian George Carlin once said, “We think in language, and so the quality of our thoughts and ideas can only be as good as the quality of our language”. I find myself thinking about this statement often, even more so in recent weeks since the killing of George Floyd. This post by Bob Wiltfong looks at how the language we use in business can contribute to cultures of discrimination. 

25 Design Thinking Resources for Corporate Learning Professionals by Sharon Boller
Design thinking is a very popular topic in the L&D field. This post by Sharon Boller curates a host of resources that can help you learn more about design thinking and how it can enhance your work.

New Research Report on Self-Directed Learning

According to a 2017 Towards Maturity study, only a quarter of L&D leaders feel they have been successful in supporting self-directed learning.

The latest Guild Research report by Catherine Lombardozzi offers information that may be helpful for promoting and benefiting from self-directed learning in L&D. It dissects three principal dynamics of self-directed learning: the process, the required capabilities, and the necessary environmental supports. It also extrapolates what makes for a healthy environment for self-directed learning.

Guild research reports are available as part of your FREE Guild Membership. Log in and download this new report today!

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