David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 2/28/22

David Kelly
CEO, The Learning Guild

I read through a number of articles and blog posts each day as part of my professional development. Each week, I curate a few of my favorites, including a brief introduction explaining why I find the post to be of value, and recommend you read it.

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

  • A group that is too often left out of DEIB conversations
  • The benefits of making remote work asynchronous
  • A cautious look at what it’s like to exist in the metaverse
  • The important role research plays in the work of L&D
  • What every L&D professional should know about retrieval practice

DEIB+A: Accessibility Is an Essential Element of Inclusivity
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are becoming increasingly important to organizations. There are a lot of marginalized groups that are often brought up in the context of DEIB, but this post by Ashleigh Lodge focuses on a group that is too often left out of the conversation: disabled people.

Remote Work Should Be (Mostly) Asynchronous
The world of work is increasingly accommodating remote employees, but curiously, the infrastructure and workflows of work itself have not evolved much from its in-person past. This post by Steve Glaveski suggested a fundamental change that we should consider around remote work: making it asynchronous.

Can you have a meaningful life in the metaverse?
The metaverse is rapidly becoming the biggest buzzword in tech, and L&D is starting to take notice. But what exactly does existing in the metaverse look like? This post by Amy Francombe looks at some of the early examples of the metaverse, and the dark sides of an experience that exists in a fairly unregulated virtual space.

How Research Informs My Work
Research plays an important role in the work of learning professionals. While our work often serves organizational performance goals, educational research forms the foundations upon which we can build programs that can effectively target those goals. It’s not about one being more important than the other; as Christy Tucker explains in this inciteful post, research informs the work we do in L&D.

The Five Things You Need to Know About Retrieval Practice
Retrieval practice is an often-overlooked part of an L&D workflow that too often focuses on content distribution. This post by Ulrich Boser does a great job of explaining why retrieval practice is so important and how to emphasize it in your work.


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