David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 11/9/20

David Kelly, Executive Director, The Learning 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:

  • Three important elearning practices that are even more valuable during the pandemic
  • How the latest Spider-Man video game is being designed with accessibility in mind
  • An exploration of mental models and what they mean for learning
  • Tips on how to find opportunities even during a crisis
  • A great example of how visuals can explain – or confuse – the story behind information

Pivot: 3 eLearning Best Practices the Pandemic Has Confirmed by Author
With all the talk about returning to the “new normal”, it’s easy to lose sight of some existing practices that have been proven effective during the pandemic that will likely continue to serve us well during the return to more normal work. This post by Joanne Astorga explores three such practices in that context.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Accessibility Features Detailed by Jordan Oloman
Many L&D professionals struggle with how to put accessibility in top practice in their work. Sometimes the best way to learn is from the examples of others, and this post is a good example of that. In the post, Jordan Oloman examines the many ways the upcoming Spider-Man video game accommodates the disabilities of those that are playing it.

Mental Models for Learning Design by Clark Quinn
Mental models are a great tool for taking a complex concept and seeing how it fits into the greater whole. This post by Clark Quinn explores how mental models work and the role they can play in the work of learning professionals,

4 Ways to Find Opportunity in a Crisis by Baruch Labunski
The COVID-19 pandemic has many of us, understandably, focused on what we have lost, and the challenges we must overcome during these difficult times. But within every challenge there is opportunity, and this post by Baruch Labunski looks at four ways you can find opportunities during the pandemic.

A Great Example of Better Data Visualization: This Voting Map GIF by Rain Noe
Visuals are often used to help us understand data. But visualization can confuse data as easily as it can be used to build clarity. This post by Rain Noe looks at a recent example – voting maps – and how tweaking the visual representation brings more clarity around what the data.

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