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:

  • Tips on how to choose an appropriate learning authoring tool
  • The role trust needs to play during interactions with AI
  • A simple tool that can help set up learning resource pages
  • An exploration of the value of design critiques
  • Ideas and tools that can take your smartphone video skills to new heights.

How to Select an eLearning Authoring Tool for Your Project
The use of an appropriate elearning authoring tool can often make a huge impact on the effectiveness of your learning programs. This article by Bill Brandon examines some of the criteria and important questions that should be asked when choosing an authoring tool.

AI’s Human-Like Features Impact Trust in Conversations
Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used to foster automated interactions between humans and technology. This article by Thomas Melin examines the importance of trust in those interactions and how it can be incorporated into the AI's engagement.

How to Quickly Create a Learning Resource Website Using SpreadSimple-No Coding Required
I love discovering new tools that help me solve problems and expand my skill set. This post by Connie Malamed is a great example of this, examining a new tool that simplifies a process that can be very useful for L&D professionals.

The Gift of Criticism: How to Effectively Critique Design Work
Feedback is a powerful tool for learning and growth. Changing “feedback” to “criticism” in that phrase can change the feel of the statement even if the meaning of the statement hasn't changed much. This post by Mark Lassoff looks at the value of a critique of design work. It provides direct tips on how to deliver a critique so it is well received, and indirect tips on how to be more receptive to feedback yourself.

Mastering the Art of Smartphone Video: Expert Tips for Pro-Quality Footage
Creating a video today is as easy as pulling out your smartphone, but creating a GOOD video with a smartphone takes a bit more. This post by Ann Gynn shares a number of great tips that can take your smartphone-shot videos to new heights.

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