David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 2/1/21

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:

  • See creativity in practice via a home-movie recreation of the classic film The Princess Bride
  • What the frustration barrier is and tips on how to prevent it from constraining learning
  • An expanded look at how we can view and support accessibility
  • What the Google+ failure can teach us about learning platforms
  • How to develop a people-first mindset, and why it is so important

The Princess Bride: Home Movie (full)
Last year a host of actors and actresses collaborated on a home-movie version of the film The Princess Bride to benefit World Central Kitchen. While the end result is delightful (I’m a big fan of the original), I share it here for the examples it provides around creativity, specifically problem solving, and how important video editing is in creating narratives.

The Frustration Barrier – The Key Obstacle to Being Good at Anything by Scott Young
Learning a new skill can be extremely challenging. One of the pivotal moments in that journey is when you hit a wall of frustration; a wall that you either break through, or prevents you from further growth. This post by Scott Young looks at the frustration barrier and provides tips on how to break through it.

New Partnership Lets the Blind Experience Pictures Through Touch by Lisa Boylan
Accessibility is about more than the standards in place that help us make our content more consumable to all; it’s also about the lens through which we see accessibility, as that lens can define and constrain how we approach our work. This post by Lisa Boylan looks at one example of accessibility that looks to completely redefine the definition of how we “see” art.

The Google Plus Story by Sumeet
A common problem orgainzations run into when launching a new platform for learning is the common play on the phrase from Field of Dreams… “Just because you build it doesn’t mean they’ll come”. This post looks at why this common mistake is made using one of the highest-profile examples of the last decade: Google+.

People-first Language Improves Communication: A Mindset by Tim O’Brien
I’ve increasingly been fascinated by the language we use, as that language often shapes the way we think and the views we have on the world. This post by Tim O’Brien explores a similar lens, looking at how people-first language can enhance our communications and improve the ways we support those with disabilities.

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