Friday Finds | February 2, 2018

Learning design and technology

“Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.”
– Claudius

Loads of learning opportunities in this week’s roundup. From learning xAPI to peeking in on some top conference backchannels there is something here for everyone. Hope you can glean some value from wherever you are in the world reading this. Cheers!

If Your Employees Aren’t Learning, You’re Not Leading


What do you think about this? It really resonates with me. See what Mark Murphy  (@LeadershipIQ) has to say about it his recent article including this little tidbit: “..only 42% of workers say they are always or frequently learning on the job, while another 39% percent say they are never or rarely learning.”  I hope you’re not one of those people?

There’s a strong positive relationship between how much people learn on the job and how much they love their job.

Learn xAPI by doing xAPI

There are no longer any excuses for not learning xAPI! Megan Torrance (@MMTorrance) and her team at Torrance Learning (@tlearning) have removed all the barriers for you. The xAPI Learning Cohort is a free, vendor-neutral, 12-week learning-by-doing project-based team learning experience about the Experience API. (Yep, you read that right – free!) It’s an opportunity for those who are brand new to xAPI and those who are looking to experiment with it to learn from each other and from the work itself.

Donald Kirkpatrick was NOT the Originator of the Four-Level Model of Learning Evaluation

If you’ve been around training for any length of time at all, you’re probably familiar with Donald Kirkpatrick’s Levels of Learning Model. In this article, Will Thalheimer (@WillWorkLearn) shares that it actually may not have been created by him but by Raymond Katzell instead.

Organize & Enhance Your Online Videos with Vimsy

Instead of reinventing the wheel, many of us use videos we find online as part of our training programs. That is great but it could be even better if we had a way to organize and gain some insights into what people are actually doing with them. Vimsy is a platform that might offer you some useful enhancements to the online videos you’re already using…and it is free!

Learning Technologies Conference UK

The Learning Technologies conference (@LT18uk) happened this week in London. The rich backchannels from conferences like this one is reason enough to have a Twitter account. (You do have one right?) Dive in for a look at the #LT18uk hashtag and listen in on the conversations from the comfort of wherever you area.

TLDC Conference

Another conference worth keeping an eye on this week was the TLDC conference that went down in Phoenix earlier this week. Don’t worry if you missed this…you can plug into the TLDCast all year long and learn from some of the best and brightest every weekday.

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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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