Are you a Learning Dispatch newsletter subscriber? A favorite newsletter feature is “This Month in Learning.” In it, Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny links to 5-10 articles from various disciplines related to learning and development. Here are Kevin’s top 2017 learning and development articles culled from the 80+ mentioned throughout the year. If you missed them, subscribe to the Learning Dispatch newsletter today for learning updates throughout the year!
NOTE: The following was originally published in the December 2017 issue of the Learning Dispatch newsletter. Also, you can now catch “The Year in Learning—Top Learning and Development Articles from 2018.”
Our Top 2017 Learning and Development Articles from “This Month in Learning”
With a look back at 2017, here are our favorite articles from our Learning Dispatch newsletter “This Month In Learning” feature:
Cathy Moore had a lot of great posts this year, and this one is key to effective learning design:
Cathy Moore asks, “What’s the real cost of eye candy?” Status indicators are cool, but are they necessary? (Bonus: the benefits of tracking your time—how would you know the time using eye candy adds, unless you track how much time it takes?)
I’m still in love with Kory Stamper’s book:
Kory Stamper, lexicographer and blogger at Merriam-Webster, has a new book out on the secret life of dictionaries. Here’s The New York Times’s review. (One of my favorite bits: Stamper, when noting that example sentences in the dictionary need to be as objective, dispassionate, and robotic as possible, explains that “people do not come to the dictionary for excitement and romance; that’s what encyclopedias are for.”)
To create learning is to change behavior. And changing behavior is…difficult:
The Oatmeal takes a look at the intersection of belief and reality, and what it might take to change a person’s beliefs.
I’m not above a little self-promotion for an excellent goal:
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Still one of my favorites:
One of my favorite articles of the year, “Prototyping Games at The New York Times: Live Fast. Die Hard. Document.” What actions can you bring into your development process? Great example of rapid prototyping—what can you incorporate into your development process?
And for fun:
And in celebration of National Grammar Day this past March 4, enjoy John McIntyre’s “A Stet in the Dark,” the latest in his Grammar Noir Mystery series.
Have a favorite 2017 article on learning development? Let us know!
Until next time,
Microassist Senior Learning Architect
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