This week’s curated content includes links exploring the following:
- How our habits as learning professionals can often hold us back
- How UPS is using VR to solve its training problem
- A primer for getting started with learning data and analytics
- How to prioritize time for strategic thinking
- How Apple’s ARKit2 may jumpstart AR for learning
- A look behind The Weather Channel’s new context-building green screen application
In Real Life: Stop Overcomplicating Workplace Learning by JD Dillon
The work we do as learning professionals may seem complex at times, but does it need to be? Sometimes our habits and comfort zones may result in us making our solutions more complex than they actually need to be in the interest of putting out what we think is quality content. In reality, these habits can actually hurt our efforts. This post does a good job of explaining why.
VR Is Helping The Trucking Industry Improve Their Hiring And Training Process by Nikholai Koolonavich
When people ask me how they can know VR is a good solution, I normally respond by saying “when it’s solving a problem you can’t solve today, or solves it more effectively. More and more of these types of use cases are emerging as VR adoption normalizes. This post examines a case from UPS, which includes this quote from their CEO about their new VR program to train drivers: “We’re reducing the costs of training and we’re dramatically improving on the training itself.”
Getting Started With Learning Data and Analytics by Mike Rustici
There’s great potential in the advancing world of learning and analytics, but for many in our field, there’s also a steep learning curve. This post does a nice job of breaking down the data and analytics landscape, bringing clarity to both the varying complexities of analytics and the different categories that can fall under the heading of measurement.
If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It? by Dorie Clark
Strategic thinking is important, but it also often lacks urgency, allowing it to fall off the table. This post explores why it can be so easy for us to deprioritize strategic thinking, and offers tips on how to prioritize it in the future. Note: While the post is written towards managers and other leaders, I would extend the message of this post to your individual strategy as well, regardless of what your professional role may be.
Ready Player 3: The Evolution of Multiplayer AR by Mike Boland
Tucked away in the middle of Apple’s iPhone event last week was a fairly significant development in the world of augmented reality. With Apple’s newest version of ARKit iPhones will now be able to support multi-user AR experiences. While the initial demo shown in the video is for a video game, the applications of multiple people engaging in a simultaneous AR experience has lots of implications, especially in the context of learning.
How the Weather Channel Made that Insane Storm Surge Animation by Brian Barrett
I share this post for two reasons. First, it emphasizes the importance of context in learning. We all know what 3, 6, and 9 feet are in terms of measurement, and we all know what water looks like. And yet, seeing 9 feet of water in the context of a street drives home the urgency and danger of a flash flood in ways words can’t on their own. Second, this is also a great example of a “how I did this” post that narrates someone’s work.
Help Those Affected by Hurricane Florence
As I write this post Hurricane Florence is still causing damage and threatening lives on the East Coast of the United States. These areas need our help. Please consider making a donation to the Red Cross or to another organization that is providing much-needed aid to affected areas. ABC News has a very useful post that lists a number of reputable charities you can support, as well as providing links to tools you can use to vet any charity before you support it.
If we all do a little, we can help those affected a great deal