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:

  • Strategies for upskilling and motivating frontline employees
  • Clarifying differences between hybrid and blended learning
  • Exploring Duolingo's innovative application of gamification
  • Guidelines for appropriately leveraging AI in your writing
  • Tips for creating efficient & engaging elearning storyboards

3 Ways to Upskill the Frontline & Motivate Employees
Discover strategies for prioritizing essential skills development in often overlooked frontline employees in this article by Annika Bjorkholm. Gain insights into practical solutions such as transparent competency frameworks and continuous learning cultures to address challenges and propel operational excellence in fast-paced environments.

Hybrid Learning vs. Blended Learning: Difference and Importance
The terms Hybrid and Blended Learning are used almost interchangeably in our field. This article by Viren Kapadia examines the unique meaning behind each term, including its benefits, challenges, and applications. It also provides tips on choosing the right model that aligns with your program's learning objectives.

How Duolingo has gamified learning
This article by Lewis Rees explores how Duolingo revolutionized language learning through innovative gamification, reducing user churn and establishing unprecedented brand loyalty. It's a great example of how you can use gamification to offer an entertaining and rewarding learning experience.

How NOT to Use AI for Writing
This article by Syed Balkhi explores the integral role of AI tools like ChatGPT in content creation, offering insights on leveraging AI effectively while maintaining the unique essence of human writing. It shares practical guidelines to enhance your writing with AI, ensuring originality and richer engagement in your content.

How to Improve Your Storyboarding Process (and stop complaining)
This article by Connie Malamed reveals how storyboarding serves as an invaluable cognitive tool, enhancing working memory and facilitating the meticulous planning of interactive learning activities. It provides practical tips on overcoming common objections and explores ten effective strategies to streamline the storyboarding process for more engaging and well-organized eLearning experiences.