L&D Trends, Time Estimates: ID and eLearning Links 3/2/2021

In this post, I share links on L&D trends, training development time, spaced repetition, RSS feeds, and an overview of instructional design.

As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on L&D trends, training development time, spaced repetition, RSS feeds, and an overview of instructional design.

L&D trends

The State and Future of Learning & Development in 2021: See What the Experts Think!

Jeffrey Dalto collected responses from a number of L&D professionals for insights on how COVID-19 has affected L&D and how this affects the future trends for the field.

We’d like to thank all of the contributors for sharing their time, knowledge, and insight. They include Connie Malamed, Arun Pradhan, Patti Shank, Cara North, Clark Quinn, Stella Lee, Zsolt Olah, Julie Dirksen, Mike Taylor, Jacinta Penn, Guy Wallace, Emily Wood, Kassy Laborie, Alexander Salas, Michelle Ockers, Shannon Tipton, Christy Tucker, Linda Berberich, and Richard (Dick) Clark.

Contributors to The State and Future of Learning and Development in 2021

Time to develop training

How Long Does It Take to Develop Training? New Question, New Answers.

Updated ATD research on the time to develop training. Because the questions have been updated, these numbers aren’t really directly comparable to past versions of this study.

Does anyone design for an hour of training? Not really. The chart below shows how the 264 respondents identified which types of training products they develop and the minimum, maximum, and average times it took to create each.

Robyn Defelice

According to this study, most people are developing elearning that is around 20 minutes long. “Partial engagement” includes some interactions, but not simulations. A 20-minute elearning module with “partial engagement” takes an average of 84 hours to develop. That would be equivalent to 252 hours to create one hour of elearning.

Spaced repetition

How To Remember Anything Forever-ish

An interactive comic explaining the Leitner method of spaced repetition to learn and remember information.

RSS feeds

How to Use RSS Feeds

Helen Blunden explains how to use RSS to subscribe to specific feeds, including filtering for specific topics on a blog or subscribing to a YouTube channel. While following folks on social media can be a good way to discover new things and to interact with others, RSS gives you control and customization over what you see. If you feel like there’s too much noise on social media and want a way to focus on reading just what you’re interested in, RSS helps you do that.

If you’re relying on social networks to serve you up the content you want to read – you’re not in control.

To many people, I’m may be a bit of an old fashioned kook because I still use them religiously but the truth is, I wouldn’t be finding great content and sharing it to you if I was just relying on my social networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn to serve this content up to me. After all, my networks are reading similar content, retweeting and sharing the same stuff. An RSS Reader allows me to control what is coming to me but also is flexible enough for me to add to or delete feeds as my interests change.

Helen Blunden

Instructional design overview

What is instructional design? Examples and online courses – Business Insider

Basic overview of ID for those interested in the field. This article highlights a few online programs for learning about instructional design, plus 3 bloggers to read: Connie Malamed, Cathy Moore, and me.

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