David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 3/14/22

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:

  • Why leadership development needs to extend beyond just courses
  • Research into the disparities that exist in employer-sponsored training
  • Tips on how to improve your communication skills
  • How AR and VR can support people with disabilities
  • Research exploring the impact stress can have on learning

Future-Proof Your Organization: Build a Leadership Pipeline
Leadership development programs are often seen through the eyes of training. Truly effective leadership programs support leaders beyond the confines of the course. This post by Pam Hogle examines critical areas to focus on that will help build leadership development into your learning culture.

MIT: Workers face racial, ethnic and educational disparities in training opportunities
There’s growing interest in how L&D can support the DEIB efforts in their organizations. But have you considered how well the training opportunities in your organization support DEIB goals? This post by Ryan Golden explores recent research that sheds light on the disparities that exist in employer training opportunities.

How to Improve Your Communication Skills in 5 Simple Steps
Regardless of your role in an organization, communication is important. For learning professionals, communication is foundational; it shapes the experiences we build and the interactions we have with stakeholders. This post by Paige Bennett serves as a great reminder of some of the core skills that can enhance your communication.

7 Benefits of AR and VR for People With Disability
There are a number of well-documented reasons why accessibility is a concern in the AR/VR market. Finding ways to make these new technologies more accessible is a challenge. But there is a flip side to the accessibility discussion; this post by Gergana Mileva looks at a number of ways that AR and VR can provide support to people with disabilities.

Stress and memory
Stress can have a tremendous impact on our ability to learn and retrieve information. This post by Catherine Meilleur, which includes links to numerous studies, examines the impact stress can have on learning.


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