David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 9/13/21

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 look at data through the lens of actions
  • Examples of accessibility in practice
  • Reflections on being an independent consultant
  • A crowdsourced list of the top tools for learning
  • Why upskiling and reskilling are increasingly impoarht to employees

Action-Centric View Is Key to Finding Valuable Data by Adam Weisblatt
Data can be an overwhelming topic for many learning professionals. This post by Adam Weisblatt looks at data through the lens of action, providing a number of great examples of actions that may be desired, and the data points that can be used to measure the action.

7 Ways Articulate Storyline’s Modern Player is Better for Accessibility by Diane Elkins
Accessibility is something that many instructional designers struggle to incorporate into their regular practice. This post by Diane Elkins shares some of the features of Storyline’s modern player and how they support accessibility. Even if you don’t personally use Stoprytline, seeing these examples can help shape the way you view accessibility in your own work.

Reflections on 10 Years of Consulting by Christy Tucker
Independent consulting is something many instructional designers consider, either as a new career path or as a second job to supplement their income. This post by Christy Tucker reflects on her experience as a consultant, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. It’s a great read for consultants and those considering consulting in the future.

Top 300 Tools for Learning 2021 by Jane Hart
Each year Jane Hart surveys the community on the top tools they are using for learning. This post shares the results of the 2021 survey, which has some very interesting takeaways in the context of the pandemic.

Employees still worried about skills gaps, want training, Monster says by Ryan Golden
Upskilling and reskilling are top of mind for many organizations. As this post by Ryan Golden shows, it’s also top of mind for employees.


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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