Curated Industry Content for the week of August 10th

twist-curated-content-2Every Monday we curate a number of articles and blog posts that have relevance to members of the eLearning Guild Community, and to the learning and performance field as a whole. Each piece of content that we share includes a brief introduction from the member of the Guild Community sharing why they think the content is important.

Here’s the content for this week:

Will #Skype Meeting Broadcast be the next webinar killer? by Roger Courville
I like this post for two primary reasons: First, it’s always good to keep your finger on the pulse of technology, and what Microsoft is doing with Skype needs to be followed by those in the learning and performance space. Second, and perhaps more importantly, this article speaks very well about the gap that exists between how we currently use virtual classroom technologies, and the potential for how they could be used.  – David Kelly

Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook by Seth Fiegerman
Most of us use social media for learning today, if not professionally as part of the learning and performance programs, than personally as part of our professional development. As such, it’s important for us to follow the story of Google+, both so we can understand the lessons of how it stumbled as a social network, and so we can determine how much we want to lean on it as a source for our own learning. – David Kelly

The Internet of Things via Information is Beautiful
This post continues the theme of duel-purpose reources. The Internet of Things is going to change the way we interact with the world around us, and as learning professionals we need to stay abreast of those changes and how it impacts our practices. In addition, this is an excellent design example of an interactive educational experience. – David Kelly

Women AREN’T in Tech, but they ARE in EdTech… Why? by Cat McManus
The challenges women face in technology fields is well-documented. This post takes and interesting perspective, looking specifically at the unique opportunities and challenges women face in the EdTech space, and what that might mean. – David Kelly

How to respond to learning-style believers by Cathy Moore
The idea that we should adapt our learning design to accomodate different learning styles seems to be a never ending debate. There are no shortage of posts sharing research that debunks this fairly common belief. Most of these posts have a “Here’s why you’re wrong” narrative to them. That’s what I really like about this post. Cathy Moore acknowledges the emotional attachment people have with learning styles, and provides excellent suggestions for how to respond to learning style believers. – David Kelly

What are you reading?

If you have an article, blog post, or other resource that you think we should consider sharing in a future Curated Industry Content post, please feel free to send a link to the resource to David Kelly along with a few sentences describing why you think the resource is valuable.

Until next week!

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