Friday Finds | March 23, 2018

In every walk with nature ,one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir

Is your basketball bracket busted? Hello, UMBC! Knock on wood. Three of my Final Four picks are still alive. I hope that still holds after I get back from spring break in Yosemite. Regardless of how you’re doing in your March Madness pool or if you have no idea what I’m talking about I hope these things I’ve found for you from the intersection of learning, design and technology this week put a little bounce into your step.

What did you find this week?
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The Training Trap

Is this post, Michelle Ockers (@MichelleOckers) asks “Is your organization stuck in the ‘Training Trap’”? The training trap is the false belief that training is the best way to develop knowledge and skills at work.

How Leaders Face the Future of Work

A bit transition in the way people work is happening and nobody — highly skilled or not — will be untouched. See what Lynda Gratton (@LyndaGratton) sees as the keys to successfully navigating this new world. Hint: It involves a lot of learning! 😎

Learning While Working Manifesto

Robin Petterd (@robinpetterd) and the rest of the crew at Sprout Labs in Australia have released a new version of their Learning While Working manifesto and framework that combines the 70:20:10 concept with design thinking and a learning ecosystem approach. I really love that they’ve incorporated John Stepper’s Work Out Loud principles into this. Bravo!

Personas vs Job to be done

Personas have long been a useful tool in a user-centered design process; however, in recent years, jobs-to-be done, a new technique for focusing on customer needs has been gaining steady prominence. Read this article by Page Laubheimer (@Page_Level) to learn what the difference is and which one might be better.

Why Organizations Need to Make Learning Hard

Research demonstrates that making training too easy for learners actually deters retention of material. What we need is “desirable difficulty”. The fact that people often suffer from “illusions of competence” is one of the reasons learning approaches such as case studies, scenario-based learning and others are more effective than the “tell ‘em and test ‘em” approach commonly used.

Ending The Myth Of Collaboration

This article by Paul Taylor (@PaulBromford) will have you rethinking your view of collaboration.

“A meta-analytic review of over 800 teams indicated that individuals are more likely to generate a higher number of original ideas when they don’t interact with others.”

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A few other things just because I can. 😎

Recently added design resources:

Conference News:

  • #LXDCON18– Peek in on last weeks insights and activities from the LXDCON (@LXDCON) in The Netherlands last week.
  • #Unleash18 (@UnleashGroup) took place this week in London. Don’t worry if you missed it they’re doing it again in Las Vegas on May 15-16 and in Amsterdam on October 23-24

Apps I’m trying out this week:

  • ReClipped is a neat tool that lets you take notes, share notes, and share clips from educational videos.
  • Timelinely – is a new type of tool for annotating videos hosted on YouTube.
  • Pixorize is an online tool for creating, sharing & browsing annotated images online
    I found these via Richard Byrne’s (@rmbyrne) Practical Ed Tech site.

What I’m listening to today:

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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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