Curated Insights: The Collective Best of the Best from 2017

The end of the year tends to bring about two predictable behaviors: reflection and prediction. We take the opportunity to look back on what we’ve accomplished and use this information to project into the future and determine where we should go next.


This is especially true for writers. In December, we are typically commissioned to write two posts: a “best of” and a “what’s going to be hot.” Unfortunately, I’m a little late to the game. Marc Rosenberg already nailed the only 2018 predictions we need, and there are more than enough “best of 2017” articles flying around.

So, rather than add to the noise, I’ve decided to go a bit meta. This month’s curated insights post brings together my favorite “best of 2017” posts.

The Top 25 Articles on Learning of 2017 by Stephen Walsh

The folks at Anders Pink are all about curation. They publish a weekly article with links to online content about the learning field. To end the year, they’ve taken their past curated collections and narrowed them down to 25 articles. This list stands out based on its categorization. Rather than arbitrarily select content, they identified articles that further the conversation on specific topics, including continuous learning, digital trends, practical tips and (even more meta) curation.

Jane Hart’s favorite 30 posts of 2017 by Jane Hart

If it comes from Jane Hart, it must be good! That’s my rule at least. Jane publishes a weekly Modern Workplace Learning newsletter, which includes her own content as well as curated articles from around the web. In this post, Jane shares her favorite articles from the past year in chronological order. It’s an awesome list of contributions on a variety of L&D topics from some of the best minds in the industry. While the focus areas vary, each post demonstrates a unifying attempt to push the mindset on workplace learning forward in meaningful ways.

David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content: 2017 in Review by David Kelly

Like Anders Pink, David Kelly publishes a list of curated articles every week via the eLearning Guild’s Twist Blog. If you’re not already subscribed, I suggest you do so, as it will save you plenty of browsing. David’s year-end summary includes a wide cross-section of L&D topics, and he includes a brief comment to explain why he selected each article. He does in his weekly posts as well to add context and value. There’s a reason why, when people ask “how do I learn more about curation,” David’s name is always my first suggestion.

2017 eLearning Learning Awards from Training Magazine Network

This list is a bit different. Training Magazine Network brought together a panel of experts, including Clark Quinn, Jane Hart, Ryan Tracey and Connie Malamed, to identify the best contributions of the year based on submitted nominations. Winners, finalists and honorable mentions were named in categories such as gamification, design, mobile, social and more. Nominees came from every corner of the internet, including formal online magazines and personal blogs. The results represent a huge cross section of L&D thinking backed by a highly respected judging panel.

That should give you PLENTY of catch-up reading as writers come back from the holidays and get started cranking out what will become the best of 2018. For even more great articles and resources, check out my curated Flipboard magazine series.

PS – You may have noticed that my articles were included in all four of these “best of” lists. I actually figured this out while researching this post. They’re awesome lists regardless, and I’m flattered by the unexpected recognition from my peers across the industry.

JD Dillon became an expert on frontline training and enablement over two decades working in operations and talent development with dynamic organizations, including Disney, Kaplan and AMC. A respected author and speaker in the workplace learning community, JD also continues to apply his passion for helping frontline employees around the world do their best work every day in his role as Axonify's Chief Learning Architect.

Let’s work together to drive frontline performance in all the right ways.