Fresh Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 14, 2018

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“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” — Mark Twain

It has been pretty busy around here lately. Fortunately, it is the good kind of busy including getting ready to keynote at our local ATD (@centralohioatd) chapter’s annual event. I’ll be sharing some of what I think it takes to be a great modern learning professional. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, I’d love to hear them! (Hint. Hint!)

Building a culture of continuous improvement, learning & development at work

Jane Hart (@c4lpt) says that work now needs to evolve into three overlapping streams to support the three ways of learning.

  1. Promote Continuous Learning
  2. Create Modern Content, Events, and Experiences
  3. Support Continuous Improvement at Work

Conversations and narratives are the new documents

Don’t miss this one from Esko Kilpi (@EskoKilpi) that includes gems like this: “Change occurs not so much as a result of new information leading to individual learning but when the patterns of connectedness between individuals change. Learning as a result of the print revolution was seen as an individual process. Learning as a result of the Internet revolution is an active process of communication between connected people.”

Instead of Microlearning, It Should Be Micro-doing

Instead of Microlearning, Try Microdoing

If your not 100% sure what exactly microlearning is, don’t worry. As long as your you’re aiming for right-sized learning that ends with action you’re on the right track.

The 10 Best Platforms to Create and Sell Online Courses

Having the expertise to teach is not enough: You’ll also need the right set of tools. This post from the @zapier blog takes a good look at all the nuts and bolts of creating online courses with the top 10 platforms. If you’re using any of these, I’d love to hear how you like it.

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Conference News

It has been a pretty rich week on the conference front. Take a moment to cruise some of the good stuff in the backchannel from these:

  • #HRTechConf will lead you to some of what went down at the HR Tech Conference (@HRTechConf).
  • Surf the #ATDCORE4 hashtag for great stuff from people like JD Dillon, Danielle Wallace, Bianca Baumann and more.
  • Over on the #Fusion18 hashtag you’ll find some good stuff from and for business communicators.
  • Looking for your next conference? I’ve added some new events recently to my global collection of L&D events.

Design Resources

Apps & Tools

  • Pencil – An intelligent writing environment.


What I’m listening too

  • I’m starting the morning today with a little stripped down, acoustic pop.

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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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