A person's hand writing a wish list on a notepad, with red ornaments on the table next to the notebook.
We're making a list and checking it twice—an LXD wish list, that is. Sing along to the tune of My Grownup Christmas List.

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I’ve had Kelly Clarkson’s song, My Grownup Christmas List, stuck in my head for the past week, so I decided to make the most of it. Read on for my version, called “My LXD Wish List.” (Too bad I couldn’t get Kelly to sing it for you!)

This post combines some of my favorite things: holiday songs, karaoke, gift-giving, and books. Be sure to read to the end to learn how to win a holiday gift! Betcha can’t guess what it is! 

(It’s a book. I’m not mysterious.)

My LXD Wish List Video with Lyrics

If you don’t mind some pitchy karaoke, select the video to hear the song. (Kelly Clarkson I am not!) Or you can just read the lyrics below. 

Feel free to record your own cover and share! (Note that I can’t transfer the rights to the musical accompaniment.) I’d appreciate credit for the lyrics, please, with a link back to this post.

[Video updated 12/21/22, recorded in a lower key]

My LXD Wish List Lyrics

Do you remember me, 
A simple LXD?
My designs solve performance needs.

Well, I am dreaming now…
Can someone tell me how…
Can you indulge these simple fantasies?

So here’s my learning wish,
my LXD wish list,
not for myself, but for all in L&D.

No more death by a thousand slides. 
We’d all agree to analyze
learning needs, not learning styles.

And every course would fill a need, 
with performance goals to meet,
evaluation to complete.

This is my LXD wish list.

As an inclusive LXD,
here’s what I believe:
all deserve learning opportunities.

And we in L&D
can make that come to be.
We can use our power for inclusivity.

No more marathon Zoom calls,
or exams that are just recall,
or aren’t accessible for all.

And everyone would use CamelCase, 
and GIFs won’t autoplay,
and learning would stick and stay.

This is my LXD wish list.

Do you think we can all agree that it’s time to turn the page? 
Yes, it’s only when we truly care that we make a lasting change.

No more locking down NEXT,
or teaching without context,
and captions would be correct!

Everyone would get along, 
and know that they belong, 
and learning would be lifelong.

This is my LXD wish list. 
This is my learning design wish.
This is my LXD wish list.

Holiday Giveaway

If you’ve seen my office, you know I love books. They’re one of my favorite gifts to give for the holidays or any special occasion. To close out 2022, I’m giving away one of the following books published this year to a lucky winner.

Allyship in Action: 10 Practices for Living Inclusively by Julie Kratz
Diversity Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace by Maria Morukian
Make It Meaningful: Taking Learning Design from Instructional to Transformational by Clark N. Quinn
The Do It Messy Approach: A Step-by-Step Guide for Instructional Designers and Online Learning Developers (IDOLs) by Robin Sargent, PhD
Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life by Alice Wong

Speaking of books, I’ll be taking a couple weeks off from the blog to catch up on my reading (and other things). The blog will be back January 9, 2023.

How to Win

All you need to do is share this post AND comment below to let me know which of the L&D books listed above you would like to have. I’ll randomly choose a winner on December 31 to receive the book of their choice.

Legal Stuff

I’ll use the “Pick Giveaway Winner” WordPress plugin to randomly choose the winner. To receive the book, you must be willing to provide your mailing address via email or direct message. You will receive the book directly from Amazon. Or, if you’d prefer, I could order from your preferred independent bookseller.

As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn a small amount if you choose to purchase books from the above links. This does not affect the price you pay and helps to support this blog.

This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by any of the authors mentioned.

About the Song

Have You Taken the Pledge?

In case you haven’t yet seen the Inclusive Learning Pledge, please consider signing it and sharing it with your colleagues!

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