David Kelly’s Curated Content for the Week of 12/05/16

kelly_david 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:

Wow. This is a powerful video with a powerful message we all need to hear. I also share it in the context of my weekly curation because it is an outstanding example of story and emotion being used to engage, educate, and emotionally connect with the viewer. This video has floated around social media a lot the last week. If you haven’t watched it, do so. Once you’ve watched it once, watch it again from the viewpoint of the script writer or director, deconstructing the story being told and the choices made in the video to tell it.

To Lecture… by Steve Wheeler
The lecture is one of the most common methods used in training and education. It is also a method that is frequently criticized as ineffective, bordering on useless. What I find interesting is that while many condemn the lecture as useless, few actually spend the time to articulate why lectures – at least the more common examples of lectures – can be so ineffective. This post does an outstanding job of exploring this for in-person training, with the points being transferable to elearning programs as well.

3 Ways Med Students Can Use Virtual Reality by Meghan Bogardus Cortez
The ability for virtual reality to take simulations to a new level of immersion is fairly natural extension of what VR does, so simulations is an obvious application of VR for training and learning. This post explores some of that in the context of medical education, but I saw the post more for the less-obvious examples of what VR can help us learn – like teamwork, bedside manner, and more.

8 Questions You Need to Ask to See if Your Organization is Ready for Multi-Device E-Learning by David Anderson
I am often asked about how you get started with multi-device elearning. What I find interesting is many of those questions are coming from people and organizations that are planning to make the move as their starting point. That’s a mistake. The first move of any change is to do your due diligence to determine if you should make the change in the first place. Of course, one of the challenges with that task is organizations don’t know what they don’t know, and therefore don’t know what questions to ask. This post shares a great resource that can help fill that gap for making the jump to multi-device elearning, providing 8 questions you need to answer to determine if now is the time to make the switch.

What It Will Take for Us to Trust AI by Guru Banavar
Artificial intelligence, once just a concept of science fiction, is rapidly becoming reality. As A.I. technologies advance, there is huge potential to benefit almost every aspect of life, including learning. But before we can harness that potential, we first must learn to trust A.I. as a society. This post explores that need for trust, as well as examining a few ways that the trust can be earned. While the post is interesting as it relates to A.I., it is also a great example of change management in practice.

Why Most Brainstorming Sessions Are Useless by Natalie Peace
We’ve all been in these meetings. A group of colleagues gets together to tackle a problem, or explore an idea. People have lots of euphemisms to describe what is commonly referred to as “a brainstorming session”. They’re incredibly common. The problem is that there’s also a growing amount of criticism about the effectiveness of brainstorming. This post examines some of that criticism, and shares ideas on how to maximize the benefits of collaborative idea exploration while minimizing the risks of traditional brainstorming.

What are you reading?

If you recently read an article, blog post, or other resource from someone else 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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