I like language; and I like different languages. I especially like specific words, sayings and expressions in different languages. Last week, I visited LearnTech Day in Belgium. This wonderful event is an initiative by Mathias Vermeulen. He runs the event based on his own passion for the learning and development profession and his attitude of sharing knowledge and experience. I think Mathias should be ‘as proud as a watering can’. And no, that’s not a typo, it’s a translation from the Belgian saying ‘fier als een gieter’. Flemish is a wonderful language.
Another expression that is front and centre in my mind these days, as the summer holiday is just around the corner, is the Italian expression ‘dolce far niente’—the sweetness of doing nothing. But for this edition, I use the German expression ‘gefundenes Fressen’—found food. I like the smooth and positive ‘gefundenes’ combined with the bold and rough ‘Fressen’. Gefundenes Fressen can be seen as something relevant for you that came by you easily. I experienced that the last few weeks had quite some ‘gefundenes Fressen’ in store for me and, of course, I want to share it with you. Guten Appetit!
(1) Learning & Development Best Practices from the Top Silicon Valley Companies
Here, you’ll find the portfolio and blog of Mel Milloway. She is a Learning Experience designer at Amazon, and you’ll find her rich portfolio and blog on this page. She presented some of it during the recent LearningTech Day in Belgium.
Why read it?
I suggest you first explore the portfolio and blog to get an overview of the tons of good and very practical stuff to be found here: amazing!
Get inspired by a real ‘experience design mindset’ and see how it might be helpful for you.
Find lots of ‘how to’ materials and links to resources that can help you learn new, cool and very useful learning design skills
(3) Designing Learning Experiences in an Evidence-Informed Way
by Mirjam Neelen and Paul Kirshner
What’s it about?
Mirjam explains what the term ‘evidence-informed’ means and what the benefits are for learning design. She includes relevant links to what was presented during LearningTech Day in Belgium, in early June.
Why read it?
You want to not only base your professional work on insights that are backed up by evidence via science but also keep it applicable (who doesn’t?).
The concept of ‘evidence-based’ is very interesting and useful because it creates a bridge between science and praxis.
The post also covers a helpful four-step approach, as presented by Pedro de Bruyckere, to get started with the evidence-informed approach he presented at the LearnTech Day conference.
Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with WHY’ is a popular and inspiring concept. Would it also be applicable within the learning industry? Yes, it is. But when it comes to learning design, ‘Start with WHO’ might be the more effective way to go.
Why read it?
Find out how you can apply the principles of user-centred design for learning design.
Make your learning design more performance and context relevant via the ‘jobs to be done’ approach as part of the Who, What, Where, How in the Golden Circle for Learning Design.
Do you prefer to digest this topic via video instead of reading? Or both? You can watch the video on this topic, which was recorded at Learning Technologies 2018.