David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 1/25/21

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:

  • What to do no that Flash is dead
  • Tips on how to make your virtual meetings more accessible
  • A look at text-based learning and the role it may have post-pandemic
  • A look at 2021 through the personification of the L&D profession
  • Examples of how to increase engagement in our learning programs

Flash is Finally Dead: What does that Mean for You and your Elearning Courses? by Diane Elkins
As of January 1, Flash is no longer supported by Adobe. You’ve probably heard about the coming demise of Flash for quite some time, but what exactly does that mean? This post by Diane Elkins looks at the ramifications of Flash being deactivated and how it may impact the work you do every day.

First Steps Toward Virtual Meeting Accessibility by Rosemarie Rossetti
In the rush to pivot face-to-face training to virtual platforms, it’s very easy to forget about the importance of accessibility. This post by Rosemarie Rossetti explores the complexity of accessibility in virtual events and explores a few starting areas where you can build more accessibility into the virtual events you host.

Text-based learning: emerging from the pandemic as a must-have by Rob Lauber
The pandemic has forced L&D departments to find new ways to support learning and performance in the orgainzations they serve. In some cases, this has led to new and innovative methods. This post by Rob Lauber examines the rise of text-based learning, and the role it may play in a post-pandemic world.

Hi, I’m Learning & Development. Here Are My Resolutions for the New Year. by Zachary Ryland
Every year in January you can count on lots of blog posts sharing reflections on the past year, and resolutions and intentions for the new year. This post by Zachary Ryland takes a fun and thought-provoking new approach on such posts, writing as the personification of learning and Development itself.

Rules of More Engagement by Charlotte Morris
Engagement is one of the main goals in instructional design work. This post by Charlotte Morris looks at three examples of how we can be creative in enhancing the engagement people have in our learning programs.


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