I read through a number of articles and blog posts each day, and every Monday I curate a few of my favorites for members of the eLearning Guild Community, and for the learning and performance field as a whole. Each shared resource includes a brief introduction explaining why I find the link to be of value and recommend you read it. Here’s the content for this week:
Introducing LinkedIn Learning, a Better Way to Develop Skills and Talent by Ryan Roslansky
When LinkedIn bought Lynda.com, there were intriguing synergies between the two companies’ core competencies. This week we saw the first fruits of those synergies emerge with the launch of LinkedIn Learning. I share this post for two reasons. First, it is major industry news that people in this field should be following. But it’s the second reason I share this post that I find more intriguing. There’s a huge amount of buzz around the idea of personalized learning. However, the hurdles that need to be overcome related to personalized learning are not insignificant. LinkedIn already has many of our professional histories, so it is uniquely positioned to use that data to recommend learning opportunities that can help us in our current roles, and to prepare us for our next one. I expect there to be many lessons regarding the future of personalized learning for those that follow this story as it develops.
Estimote announces the Mirror, a dongle that turns any TV into a smart beacon system by John Biggs
Our conversations about mobile learning tend to focus on the mobile device itself. While the device is a critical tool in the equation, the true potential of mobile learning focuses on the mobility of the person, and how an individual’s learning is supported and enhanced as he or she moves about the world. I believe beacons and the Internet of Things will play a huge part in that future. This article contains a great video that shows such technologies and approaches in practice. While the example shown is focused on retail and marketing, their approaches can easily be transferred to learning and performance contexts.
How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development by Jennifer Gonzalez
This post is heavily focused on classroom environments, but I’m sharing this for reasons that extend beyond that limited space. Regardless of where you work in education – academic or corporate, classroom to online – professional development is important. This post explores a specific example of Show Your Work (to quote Guild Master Jane Bozarth) that is being used in schools, but the examples shared can easily be translated to eLearning teams, be they fully internal or a mix of internal and external peers.
7 Reasons I Hate Your eLearning Content by Mark Lassoff
Despite the tone of the title, I actually find this to be a positive post, both in tone and in message. While the post does explore some weaknesses commonly seen in eLearning projects, the post does not spend time complaining about these issues. Instead, it quickly addresses each and then spends the majority of the post providing resources that can help designers and developers avoid the mistakes in their projects.
Say Cheese for These 7 Free Stock-Photo Sites by Itai Sadan
Images and visuals play a huge part in eLearning projects, but these assets can also be very expensive. Finding free resources is always a great way to bring your project costs down. While this post comes from the marketing industry, the free resources it references are also of great value to eLearning designers and developers.
This Is How You Become a Writer by Stefanie Flaxman
How do you become a better writer? By writing. But what do you write about if you decide to write regularly? That’s what this post explores. Not only does it give suggestions on what to write about on a daily basis, but it takes a deeper examination into how the habit of writing can improve your writing over time and make you a better storyteller.
What are you reading?
If you have an article, blog post, or other resource that you think others in our community should read, please feel free to send it to me along with a few sentences describing why you think the resource is valuable. Your link may be featured in a Community Curation highlight in a future post! Until next week!