Our march towards the holiday season has begun. Leading the way is a gift that keeps on giving — smart insights from smart people. Intentionally building your own personal network will net you a lifetime of amazing gifts, like the ones I’ve rounded up for you here.

““If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”   ― J.K. Rowling

Perspectives on new work

Coming in at over 100 pages, this one is definitely one for a lazy weekend or some other bigger window when you’ve got some time to take it in. The essence of what appeals to me in this piece edited by Esko Kilpi ( @EskoKilpi ) is captured in by this line:

Smarter and smarter tools surround us, but if we don’t want to learn the new practices and take up the new roles that the new technologies make possible, they might as well not be there.

https://www.sitra.fi/en/publications/perspectives-new-work/

Harold Jarche has a brief synopsis if you’d like to check that out before taking a deeper dive.

Run Your Own LRS in 4-Weeks

This course from HT2Labs ( @HT2Labs ) focuses on the technical side of xAPI: getting up-and-running with a Learning Record Store. You won’t need to be a programmer to take part, but you will need some experience of implementing servers, software and systems administration in general.

You’ll also need access to a server (either on cloud, like AWS, or on your own devices) and administration rights to install new software. (For the server bit, you can use Google Cloud Platform)

https://www.ht2labs.com/resources/free-lrs-mooc/

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

This NY Times article by Susan Dynarski ( @dynarski ) takes a look at the growing body of evidence showing that overall, students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures.

http://nyti.ms/2iQtuAA

How to Access Lynda.com for Free

Whether you’re learning a new software application at work or getting up to speed with the latest technology at home, odds are that Lynda.com has something for you. The secret to getting free access is your local library.

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/11/29/how-to-access-lynda-courses-for-free/

Lean-in Listening

Lea Pica Podcast

Lea Pica (@LeaPica) is on a mission to help “present information in a way that gets remembered and inspires action.” You should pop over to Lea’s blog and subscribe. Her recent podcast with Dustin Mathews ( @dustinmathews ), is just one of many reasons. Among the gems I took away from this episode are:

  • Why assigning an advocate to introduce you as presenter is mission critical
  • How to elicit engagement from your audience without putting them on the spot
  • Supercritical steps to take to maximize the effectiveness of product webinars
  • Neat tricks to stand out to your stakeholders such as video presentation teasers

http://leapica.com/podcast-029-dustin-mathews/

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