Curated Industry Content for the Week of 05/09/16

twist-curated-content-1Every 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:

7 ways to assess without testing by Steve Wheeler
Assessing knowledge and competence is important, and yet it’s often measured by no more than a test at the end of a course. Tests have their place, but there are a number of other ways that we can assess learning and competence. This post explores seven great examples. -David Kelly

Watch Woman Become Absolutely Terrified As She Plays Horror VR Shooter Game by Joey Paur
Virtual reality is coming, and the best thing we can do to prepare for it’s impact on learning is to understand it as a medium. This video, while positioned as something humorous to watch, does an amazing job of showing just how immersive VR can be. I share it for two reasons: First, realize how genuinely terrified the woman playing the game is despite knowing full well that none of what she is experiencing is real. That’s immersion. Second, the split-screen video does a nice job of allowing the viewer to understand what the VR experience is like. -David Kelly

The Best Board Games For Developing Valuable Real-Life Skills by Patrick Allan
Games can be a fantastic way to help people develop specific skills, but you don’t always have to create a brand new game from scratch to do this. This post shows you a fantastic range of ways you can use existing board games to build real-world skills, such as time management and negotiation. Try out the games mentioned in the article or use the piece as inspiration to look for other games that might unexpectedly help you teach a skill or concept in an engaging way. -Bianca Woods

Creativity and Instructional Design by Connie Malamed
Creativity is commonly thought to be an important part of instructional design, yet it is conspicuously absent from most design models, as if creativity was just something that “happened”. This post explores the relationship between creativity and instructional design, and how to embed more creativity into your own instructional design processes. -David Kelly

What Netflix Has Learned About How Viewers Respond to Images by Andrew Hutchinson
Using images in elearning is easy; using the right images? That’s more challenging. This article highlights a major study by Netflix that explored how audiences reacted to different types of images. The results may surprise you. -David Kelly

How to Compare E-Learning Authoring Software by Articulate Community Team
There are a large number of great elearning tools on the market today. With so many options, it can be challenging to decide which tool to purchase for your organization. This post explores a number of important questions your organization should be asking before purchasing your next development tool. -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.

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