David Kelly’s Curated Content for the Week of 03/06/17

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:

Why Almost Everything You’ve Been Told About Millennials And Gen Z Is Wrong by Thomas Koulopoulos
Reducing discrimination is something our society has made great progress in in the last few decades, yet there’s a group of people who it seems like society is still OK with discriminating against: Young people, specifically Millenials and Gen Z. Not only is this discrimination wrong, but like most discrimination, the complaints assigned to Millenials and Gen Z are based on inaccurate stereotypes, as described in this article.

The great goldfish attention span myth – and why it’s killing content marketing by Jason Miller
You might read this title and think “It’s about marketing; it doesn’t apply to me.”. I encourage you to look past that impulse and read this article for two reasons. First, there’s a great deal L&D can learn from the field of marketing. Second, and more importantly, the myth of the diminishing human attention span is something we need to be aware of in an L&D environment where “microlearning” is a prevalent buzzword.

Declaration of Modern Learner Rights! by Manjit Sekhon
A number of years ago JetBlue suffered a public relations nightmare when passengers were stranded on planes for hours during a storm. A few weeks later JetBlue responded with their Customer Bill of Rights, which dictated what rights their customers had, and what actions the airline would hold themselves accountable for based on those rights. Do the customers of the learning programs you build have a bill of rights? If they did, what would be on it, and how would those rights affect the work you do? This post explores those very questions.

The 2017 Lumiere Awards: Google and Dear Angelica Win Big by Joe Durbin
Virtual reality continues to expand into the consumer landscape. The Lumiere Awards from the Advanced Imaging Society recognized a number of VR projects this year, making this post a great resource if you want to explore some of the best examples of virtual reality from the last year. Side note: If you have a chance to experience Dear Angelica, the award-winning film from Oculus Story Studio, do so. It is wonderful.

Six Strategies You May Not Be Using To Reduce Cognitive Load by Connie Malamed
Cognitive load is a good thing for learning, provided the learning program is built in a way that doesn’t overload the learner. This post explores 6 simple strategies you can use to reduce extraneous cognitive load from learning programs so that people can use their working memory in the spaces that truly power learning.

Feeling Frustrated Isn’t All Bad — It’s a Sign of Growth by Frank Kalman
Frustration is a word with a lot of negative baggage. After all, for many of us, frustration is a source of aggravation, tension, anger, and other things we’d like to avoid. But frustration also has its positive side – presenting a barrier that we need to overcome. As this post explores, frustration in this capacity can be a source of growth for us and those that participate in the learning programs we build.

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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