Fresh Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 7, 2018

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Our ability to grow is directly proportional to our ability to share. — @GapingVoid

Once again, it is time for the happy Friday dance! When you’re done dancing, here are some of the best things I found this week from the world or learning, design, and technology.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend. Cheers!

Institutional Innovation

Modern L&D should “facilitate interactions & relationships, allowing organizations to increase the flow of information within and across their organization’s walls to increase learning, adaptability, and … innovations.” This article by John Hagel (@jhagel) and John Seely Brown (@jseelybrown) is a must read for how we should be thinking about the future of workplace learning.

Networking for introverts, the shy and the socially anxious

Networking can be intimidating for a lot of people. In this post, Richard Cosgrove (@rcosgrove) shares how preparation can be the secret to tackling a networking event if you’re a person who struggles with socializing.

The New Science of Building Great Teams

This is an interesting and relevant finding from Alex “Sandy” Pentland (@alex_pentland)about the key to building great teams. Patterns of communication are the most important predictor of a team’s success. They are as significant as all the other factors—individual intelligence, personality, skill, and the substance of discussions—combined.

Tips to Improve Your PowerPoint Presentation from Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning

In this guest post on the Learning Scientists blog, Anna Navin Young discusses some key points from Richard E. Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning and how “spicing up” your slides can actually negatively impact your audience’s learning.

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Conference News

Design Resources

  • Color Leap | Do a little time traveling and browse the colors of history with this fun, cool site.
  • If you ever need some fake data to mockup a project, Tabipsum can hook you up.

Apps & Tools

  • Affinity Designer | download the beta for this free professional desktop publishing app.
  • iLoveIMG | A fast, free web app for easy image modification.


What I’m listening too

  • I’m working along to “Summer Fridays” this morning. (Seems appropriate given how hot it has been here this week.)

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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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