David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 12/7/20

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:

  • The important role visual design plays in a checklist
  • 40 great design examples of innovative solutions to common problems
  • A categorized list of instructional design tools that can help you discover new resources for your work.
  • A look at conversation design and how it supports voice interfaces and chatbots
  • A look at how the game Animal Crossing supports motivation and learning

The Visual Design of Checklists by Connie Malamed
I have always loved checklists, and use them often in my work. But admittedly, I’ve never really put much thought into their design. This post by Connie Malamed examines the important role visual design plays in the usability of a checklist.

40 Designers That Thought About Every Single Detail by Veronica Pannell
I love seeing innovative solutions that approach problems from new angles – they tend to inspire me to look at things in new ways in my own work. This post by Veronica Pannell looks at 40 examples of unique solutions to everyday problems.

50+ Best Instructional Design Software Tools You Should Bookmark
Every now and then I like to look at the tools I’m using and explore new options. I find this not only helps me get more usage from the tools I’m already using, but it also helps me discover new tools that can enhance my work. This post examines a host of different tools that you may want to incorporate into your work.

Your Design is Great, But Who Am I Talking to? by Toby Trachtman
As voice interfaces and chatbots become more commonplace, the conversational design is emerging as a critical skill. This post by Toby Trachtman looks at product personas and how they inform and shape conversational design.

Motivating Learning by Playing Animal Crossing New Horizons: A trending game during the COVID-19 pandemic by Xi Lin & Shu Su
I love looking at the different ways games are designed to support learning and skill development. This post by Xi LIn and Shu Su looks at one of the most popular games of 2020 – AnimalCrossing: New Horizons – and how it supports motivation and learning.


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