David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 1/4/21

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:

  • A curated list of books that can help you learn more about learning sciences
  • A new look at how we practice and build skills
  • Factors to consider when selecting a new learning platform
  • Tips on how to work with stakeholders to build better learning projects
  • Elearning development factors to consider when buying your next computer

Learning Science Books to Inspire You This Year by Connie Malamed
Many people use the start of the year to set goals and make plans. If you’re looking to learn more about learning sciences in 2021, this post by Connie Malamed highlights three books to consider adding to your reading list.

The Interleaving Effect: Mixing It Up Boosts Learning by Steven Pan
One of the too-often overlooked parts of learning is practice. When we do focus on practice, we tend to do so via blocking – practicing a specific skill repeatedly. This post by Steven Pan explores another option – interleaving – and why it can have dramatic effects on learning.

7 Tips For Choosing An eLearning Portal
It’s important to consider all factors when selecting a platform to support your organization’s learning and development programs. This post provides a good reminder of a number of factors to consider when selecting a platform that can support your elearning strategy.

How to Help Your Clients Build Better E-Learning by Tom Kuhlmann
I always appreciate posts that help us be better consultants in the work that we do. This post by Tom Kuhlmann provides great tips on how to work with stakeholders to ensure success. I greatly appreciate the “real-world” narrative to this post, one that recognizes the need to understand the problem that needs to be solved and adapt our approach accordingly.

Selecting the Best Computer for E-Learning Professionals by William Everhart
One of the tools that often gets overlooked in elearning is the actual computer we are using to build our projects. In many cases we inherit the machine we use, but if you have the opportunity to purchase or influence the purchase of the machine you use, this post by William Everhart provides some great tips on factors that should drive your selection.

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