David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 3/15/21

David Kelly, Executive Director, The Learning Guild

A year ago I updated the opening copy for my weekly curation to highlight resources that can help us navigate the pandemic, as well as the usual resources that can help enhance our work as learning professionals. Who would have thought a year later we’d still be looking at our work through that dual-lens.

While there’s light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19, its effects will last for some time after the pandemic ends. Each week’s curated resources will continue to focus on everyday knowledge and skills as well as resources focused on navigating the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic and its after-effects.

Here’s a summary of this week’s content:

  • How to set expectations when working with SMEs
  • Why some black students thrive with remote learning
  • What Super Mario Bros. can teach us about accelerated learning
  • Positive design trends emerging from crises
  • A look at the unique affordance of mobile learning

Setting Expectations is the Secret to Subject Matter Expert Success by Bianca Woods
Building relationships with subject matter experts can be one of the most difficult parts of a learning professional’s job. This post by Bianca Woods examines a relationship that got off on the wrong foot, and what that interaction teaches us about the importance of setting expectations.

For Some Black Students, Remote Learning Has Offered A Chance To Thrive by Elizabeth Miller
For many, especially in school environments, the shift from in-person to remote learning is perceived as a lesser experience. This post by Elizabeth Miller looks at how the shift is actually positive for some black students. In addition to showing a flip-side to the common perception, this post also places an important spotlight on the many obstacles minorities can face in their learning environments.

Using Accelerated Learning to Shorten Training Time and Save the Princess (If You Are Ready For It)! by Chad Udell
Adapted and accelerated learning are popular buzzwords in our industry. This post by Chad Udell breaks through the buzz to help you understand how accelerated learning works and the value it provides using a very powerful metaphor: Super Mario Bros.

Five Positive Design Trends Informed by Crisis and Change by Anna Voshkarina
There’s little doubt that the 12-18 months has been challenging. However, there are some silver linings that exist within the crises we have been dealing with. This post by Anna Voshkarina looks at some of the positive trends in the design world that have emerged from the crises.

5 Ways to Take Advantage of Mobile Learning Functionality by Laura Lynch
Mobile learning is about much more than just porting a course onto a smartphone. There are a number of unique affordances to these devices that can enable new and expanded experiences. This post by Laura Lynch looks at a few ways mobile experiences can go beyond those of a desktop.


The Learning Leaders Alliance community continues to grow, connecting learning leaders from around the globe who want to stay ahead of the curve and enabling aspiring leaders to build their skillsets.

Membership in the Alliance includes access to exclusive monthly digital events curated for today’s modern learning leader. Here’s just a few examples of what members have enjoyed so far this year:

  • A panel of Chief Learning Officers discussing how we support the entry into the new normal
  • A look at learning trends and how leaders can put them into practice
  • An informal discussion on what qualifies as a learning leader
  • An exploration of 5 pillars of learning leadership
  • A tactical look at the learning leader’s role in advancing diversity and inclusion
  • Research into what learning leadership looks like in 2021

In addition to monthly events, Alliance members also get free registration to the Learning Solutions Digital Experience in May, and our second Learning Leaders Online Forum in July. Join today to be a part of the community, and gain access to recordings from all the great gatherings that have already taken place in 2021.

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