…or should that be “to which every e-learning professional should listen”? Never mind, I can end a sentence with a preposition if I want to.
Arcane grammar jokes aside, I’m a late bloomer to podcasts. While everyone else was apparently obsessed with them, they never really appealed to me until I starting taking long trips on the bus. Now I’m hooked.
As many of my peers will attest, there’s no shortage of podcasts directed to the L&D practitioner. In fact, the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming.
If like me you’re just getting started with podcasts, or perhaps you’re looking for another one to add to your subscription, I hereby offer you 5 of my favourites.
1. Learning Uncut
Produced by three of the best in the business – namely, Michelle Ockers, Karen Maloney and Amanda Ashby – Learning Uncut recently celebrated its first birthday.
Over the course of the past year, Michelle and Karen have interviewed an impressive cross-section of experts in my corner of the globe. The episode featuring Nic Barry is a standout.
2. The Learning & Development Podcast
A new comer to the podcasting scene, The Learning & Development Podcast is hosted by David James.
David’s view of our profession largely mirrors my own (hence he is a genius) and I consider his interview with Simon Gibson a must-hear.
3. Learning is the New Working
Given his experience as Microsoft’s Chief Learning Officer, Chris Pirie’s Learning is the New Working is well worth a listen.
Chris reaches out to people around the world whom I haven’t heard of before (to be perfectly honest) which is welcome because they diversify my feed.
4. The eLearning Coach Podcast
No self-respecting e-learning professional would fail to devour Connie Malamed’s The eLearning Coach blog, which she complements admirably with The eLearning Coach Podcast.
What I love about Connie’s expertise is her focus on practicality. Thought leadership is great and all, but how do we apply it to our work?
5. Hardcore History
While educational, Hardcore History isn’t about education. I include it in my list of faves however because it flies in the face of contemporary notions of instructional design.
Each episode spans several hours and frankly I could listen to Dan Carlin talk all day. Despite the hoopla over micro-learning (which, for the record, I advocate) clearly one size does not fit all.
My point is it’s healthy for we professionals to continually re-assess our own philosophies by appreciating contrarian approaches – especially those that are raging success stories!
If you’d like more ideas for what an e-learning professional should do, check out the following blog posts by yours truly:
- 5 games every e-learning professional should play
- 10 journals every e-learning professional should read
- 5 papers every learning professional should read
And these by my friend Matt Guyan: