Friday Finds | May 11, 2018

“Intelligent individuals learn from everything and everyone; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers.”  — Socrates

I love quotes. And I love learning quotes best of all. Last night the #lrnchat crew laid down a treasure trove of learning quotes. It is too hard for me to pick only one favorite but these are 12 that make my list. What about you? What’s your favorite learning quote?

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The Top eLearning Conferences to Attend

With so many great conference options to choose from it is nice to get an informed opinion from Learn Upon (@LearnUpon) You can check out my big list of L&D-related conferences if you’d like to see more options beyond this list.

Learning by teaching others is extremely effective – a new study tested a key reason why

Many studies have shown the learning benefits of teaching others. Now there are new insights into why that is. This article from the British Psychological Society tells us that “ “the benefits of the learning-by-teaching strategy are attributable to retrieval practice; that is, the robust learning-by-teaching strategy works but only when the teaching involves retrieving the taught materials.”

Why Our Brains Fall for False Expertise, and How to Stop It

This interesting article is super relevant to today’s world. Learn some of the cognitive biases we all have a some of the steps you can take to counter them.

… “airtime” — the amount of time people spend talking — is a stronger indicator of perceived influence than actual expertise.

Why You Should Never Use Pure Black for Text or Backgrounds

Did you know that using pure black could be hurting the readability of your designs? Fortunately, there is an easy fix and you can learn more about it in this post from UX Movement (@uxmovement)

Using Slide Zooms in PowerPoint to create master graphics

This is a genius PowerPoint tip for using the slide zoom feature to create “master” graphics in your slide decks. If you aren’t following the folks over at Bright Carbon (@BrightCarbon) you are totally missing out.


A few other things just because I can. 😎

Conference News

Design Resources

  • Maglr – Great looking tool for creating visual, interactive content.

Apps I’m trying out this week:

  • Deepr – This is a handy app for creating multi-level to do lists.
  • Sutori – A curation tool to help you create and share visual stories. Can import existing content from Storify.

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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