David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 8/30/21

David Kelly, Executive Director, The Learning Guild

Over 18 months 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:

  • A framework for telling better stories
  • Tips on how to develop your UX design skills
  • Ways to enhance your conversations with SMEs
  • Alternatives to using bullets in your elearning
  • Revisitng what Blended Learning can look like in the new hybrid workplace

To Tell Transformative Stories, Learn to Live, Learn & Let Go by Hadiya Nuriddin
Storytelling is such an important skill for L&D professionals. It impacts not only the programs we develop, but also the relationships we have, and the narratives we live. This post by Hadiya Nurridin provides an important framework for storytelling, along with tips on how to put the framework into practice.

How to Train and Develop the 12 Competencies of UX Design by Ward Andrews
UX Design is a skill that is extremely important and useful for L&D professionals with design responsibilities. This post by Ward Andrews explores 12 key competencies of UX design, and how individuals can develop them.

How to get the most out of an interview with a subject matter expert by Kai Wong
Subject matter experts play a critical role in the work of L&D. The relationships we have with SMEs can be one of the biggest drivers of success for the programs we build. This post by Kai Wong provides some great tips that can enhance the next meeting you have with a SME.

6 Alternatives To Bullet Lists-Updated by Connie Malamed
Bullets are a great way to organize information, which is probably why we use them so often in elearning. But like many design techniques, bullets can be numbing if used too often. This post by Connie Malamed provides some valuable alternatives to bullets that can keep your programs fresh.

How to make blended learning more impactful in the new era of work by Krystyna Gadd
Blended learning has been around for decades, but it took a back seat in the last few years during the shift to remote work. Now that people are starting to return to offices and in-person learnin experieinces, our focus on blended learning can increase. This post by Krystyna Gadd looks at ways to make blended learning more effective in a hybrid workplace.


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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