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:

  • An examination of the importance of digital accessibility
  • Tips on identifying content written by AI
  • How some technologies fail through their complexity
  • A look at the differences between JPG and PNG files
  • A tutorial for those looking to build a career in ID

Digital Accessibility: Life Without Hindrance
The article by Bill Brandon emphasizes the importance of digital accessibility, examining the need for accessibility audits, adherence to accessibility guidelines like WCAG, and involving everyone in the planning process can lead to various benefits for businesses, such as improved SEO, increased market share, customer loyalty, and reduced legal risks.

Bot or not? How to tell when you’re reading something written by AI
As more and more content is being created by artificial intelligence, the need to be able to tell when content has been authored by AI increases. This article by Clare Duffy and Kenneth Uzquiano examines specific content-generating prompts and some of the red flags that show the content was written by AI.

The Average Joe imperative
New technologies fail for a number of reasons. This post by Ryan Tracey looks at the challenge of complexity, which can often discourage average users from becoming producers and creators within the platform. The article emphasizes the importance of catering to the usability needs of the average user and warns that other emerging technologies must also prioritize accessibility to avoid similar pitfalls.

JPG vs. PNG: Which is Better?
This article by Allison Boatman compares the JPG and PNG file formats for images, pointing out the unique features of each. It's a great post that helps inform your choice between the two formats based on the specific needs and use cases of the images.

What Should You Learn for an Instructional Design Career?
This article by Connie Malamed provides a comprehensive guide for those interested in pursuing a career in instructional design. It highlights the essential skills and knowledge required and also outlines various paths to ID that people can choose from based on their interests and goals.

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