Friday Finds | September 22, 2017

Sharpen your saw with this week's best from learning, technology & social media

Enhancing Learning Through Graphics and Emotional Design

I’m a big advocate of instructional designers or anyone creating content for learning, understanding the design principles that enable them to create multimedia learning elements that can promote and facilitate learning. Too often, many people tasked with this job are unknowingly creating things that do more harm than good.

“By understanding how the brain operates, one can see how valuable the emotions and feelings are for the human brain to aid or to hinder knowledge.”

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Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations

If we want to have a significant impact on the performance of our organizations, we’ll need to find a way to look at our organizations holistically and redesign how people work within them to help people join together and learn faster from and with each other. This is a huge undertaking and it is stunning that the authors couldn’t find a single company that has done this yet.

“In a world that is more rapidly changing and where our needs are evolving at an accelerating rate, the institutions that are most likely to thrive will be those that provide an opportunity to learn faster together.”

Kanban Everything: How to Add Trello-Like Boards to Gmail, Evernote, and More

Kanban, a popular project management method, is one of the best ways to get a bird’s-eye view of all your tasks and notes. With cards laid out visually in lists on a board, you can organize every detail of a project (or multiple projects) in an intuitive, drag-and-drop workflow. This helpful article shares a number of options for you to get this feature in other tools you’re already using like Gmail, Evernote and others.

I’ve been using Sortd, which puts this functionality right inside your Gmail for a while now and really like it. You can hear more about it as Pete Brown and I talked about it on one of our podcasts.

Putting lifelong learning on the CEO agenda

In an open letter to business leaders, a Harvard Business School professor and a learning engineer at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative present an emphatic case to make learning a corporate priority. As a senior leader, then, you have to rethink how to continuously improve the skills of your employees beyond conventional training and education.

You need to insist on experimenting with new learning methods and look for approaches that are based on good evidence. And you need to identify and support learning leaders who are deeply connected to learning science and who can make the case for implementing the right measures.

The 100 Best Design Blogs to Follow

Want to up your design game? Fire up your RSS reader and plug-in some of these top design blogs for a daily dose of tips, tutorials and inspiration. You do use an RSS reader don’t you? If not, you should and Feedly is a great option

3 Easy Ways to Cut Text And Upgrade Your Slides

Just about all of us have to build slides at some time or another. Whether it is part of an e-learning course, for a presentation or anything else these tips are easy to apply and will help anyone make better slides.

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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