David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 2/15/21

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:

  • How to avoid common mistakes in learning analytics
  • A research project into why training strategies can often be ineffective
  • Reflections about what the pandemic has taught us about workflow learning
  • An overview of Microsoft’s new Viva platform and its implications to the employee experience
  • Tips on how to mitigate Zoom Fatigue in your work

Tackling Data Challenges: 5 Bear Traps in Learning Analytics & How to Avoid Them by Ben Betts
Learning analytics is a growing area of focus for L&D strategies, but it’s also an area that can feel overwhelming. This post by Ben Betts cuts through the noise, focusing on how to avoid common mistakes professionals make in the learning analytics strategies.

Ready-Set-Go-Show for Effective Training by Geoff Rip
I like this post by Geoff Rip for a few reasons. First, it places an important spotlight on why a lot of strategies that focus on training can be ineffective. Second, it shares the research he did in a “show your work” way that brings to light a lot of information and conclusions on how to make training more effective.

Shifts & Pivots: What the Pandemic has Taught Us by Bob Mosher
Bob Mosher is one of the leading voices in pushing our industry towards better practices and finding ways to support people in their work. In this post, Bob reflects on some of the things he has seen and learned in supporting organizations during the pandemic.

The Massive Market Impact of Microsoft Viva by Josh Bersin
There’s been a lot of buzz in the last week about Viva, the new employee experience platform from Microsoft. This post by Josh Bersin explores the new service and the huge potential impact it may have on our industry.

Avoid the dreaded Zoom fatigue by Jo Cook
“Zoom Fatigue” is a phrase that has become very common during the pandemic, and for good reason. This post by Jo Cook examines what zoom fatigue really is at its core, and shares a number of ways to lessen it in our work.


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