Friday Finds | May 4, 2018

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.    George Bernhard Shaw

Spring has sprung here in Ohio and there are a lot of good things springing forward in this weeks roundup of learning, design, and technology. We’ve got a great collection of learning and instructional design resources for your inspection. Cheers!

Leave a comment and share something good you’ve found with us!

Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It.

Here’s something to benefit everyone: How to get better at learning. Ulrich Boser (@UlrichBoser) shares that how well you learn has nothing to do with how intelligent you are and how the learning strategies you employ are more important than how smart you are.

5 Ways to Change Behavior at Work: The L&D Behavior Change Toolkit

If you want to influence behavior, this case study from Udemy has some tips for you. I particularly like the idea of a “nudging architecture”. If you like anything in here, you might also want to check out their upcoming webinar.

An Instructional Design Toolkit

Megan Torrance (@mmtorrance) and her team at Torrance Learning are sharing some of their favorite instructional design techniques here in this toolkit to support new instructional designers or “old” ones who want to sharpen their saw.

Hack ID: Resources for Self-Taught Instructional Designers

Kristin Anthony (@anthkris) has assembled a nice collection of instructional design-related resources.

Book Recommendations for L&D Pros

A couple of posts from Connie Connie Malamed (@elearningcoach) and JD Dillon (@JD_Dillon), nudged me to share five books that have been helpful to me in my learning and development career.


A few other things because I can. 😎

Conference News

Design Resources

  • Instant Duotone Effect Generator – Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen duotone images many times. Now you can get in the duotone game with this super easy and helpful app.


  • The Lounge – It’s an honor to help Jacqueline Hutchinson kick off her new podcast about corporate learning and educational technologies. Drop in for a listen. (If you enjoy it even half as much as I did you’ll be glad you did.) I had a fantastic time chatting about my personal process for finding and curating content and the tools that make it easy.

Apps I’m trying out this week:

  • Office Lens – This isn’t new, but I’ve had a recent need that reminded me how handy this app is. I needed to capture some whiteboard notes and Office Lens handles the job in a snap. It is also great for scanning documents with your phone and other similar jobs.

What I’m listening to today:

  • Grammatik is one of my favorite options for work music and they are spot on for today.

Thanks for reading! If you found anything good, forward it to a friend or spread the word with a tweet. 😎

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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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