I read through a number of articles and blog posts each day as part of my ongoing professional development. Each week, I curate a few of my favorites, including a brief introduction explaining why I find the post valuable and recommend you read it.

Here’s a summary of this week’s content:

  • What ChatGPT is and what it means to instructional designers
  • Recommendations on L&D books to add to your reading list
  • What empathy looks like as a practice
  • A comparison between second and third-person narratives within scenarios
  • Three ways to enhance programs where learners skip the content

Demystifying ChatGPT
ChatGPT has quickly emerged as one of the hottest conversations in tech, including its potential within the L&D space. This post by Sarah Clark looks at ChatGPT, exploring what it is, how it works, and what it means to instructional designers.

6 Books of Interest to the L&D Community
While videos and short articles are great resources for professional development, there's nothing like taking a deep dive learning from a longer-form book. This post by Connie Malamed explores six different books that you would do well to add to your reading list.

Practice Empathy as a Team
Empathy is one of the biggest traits organizations are looking for from their leaders and team members. But what does it look like in action? This post from Christine Porath and Adrienne Boissy examines the important role recognition plays in empathy, and shares a number of examples of how to put it into practice.

Better to Write in Second or Third Person for Scenarios?
Scenarios are a common tool used in learning programs, but we sometimes don't consider the small details that can have a dramatic effect on how effective the scenario is in supporting learning and performance. This post by Christy Tucker examines one such scenario detail: the differences between using a second and third-person perspective within the narrative. 

Three Ways to Deal with Learners Who Skip the Content & Go to the Quiz
We've all experienced the elearning course that locks down navigation, forcing users to watch videos and review content. It's not a good experience, but it is a common practice, especially in compliance scenarios. This post by Tom Kuhlmann acknowledges this reality and provides three alternatives that can maintain compliance while greatly enhancing the user experience.

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