Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 16, 2018

Learning, Technology & Design by Mike Taylor

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

It is birthday week for the boys at our house and I am rejoicing for all the things we have. My son is making his last trip around the sun before entering his teens and I’m turning….well, another year older. This week was particularly rich in useful tools, apps, and design resources. So be sure to peek at those sections towards the end- you’ll be glad you did. Cheers!

Skill Stacking: A Practical Strategy To Achieve Career Success

“Successwise, you’re better off being good at two complementary skills than being excellent at one.”

In this article, Darius Foroux (@DariusForoux) talks about building your “skill stack” and how when it comes to skills, quantity often beats quality.

The Math Behind The 5-Hour Rule: Why You Need To Learn 1 Hour Per Day Just To Stay Relevant

Not Learning IS The Smoking Of The 21st Century

Very interesting thoughts from Michael Simmons (@michaeldsimmons) about how we have a minimum daily dose of deliberate learning just like exercise, eating well and sleeping.

The Power of Worked Examples

Learning through worked examples is a very effective, but underutilized way to learn. Especially when learners are novices with little prior knowledge. You should take a close look at what Mirjam Neelen (@mirjamn) and Paul Kirschner (@P_A_Kirschner) have to say about this because integrating worked examples can save you a lot of time and money in the way it enables both efficient and effective learning. And who doesn’t want that?!?!?.

The forgetting curve and campaign approach to remembering learning

As Bianca Baumann (@BiancaBaumann) and I have been saying for a while now, marketing can live right alongside your learning programs. Campaign thinking is just one marketing technique that can improve your L&D results. You can learn more about it in this Training Journal article by Issy Nancarrow (@issynancarrow)

20+ Easy Ways Take Your Screen Shots from Boring to Brilliant

Screenshots can be boring. But there is no reason they have to be. In this post, I’ll show you more than 20 ways to convert your normal everyday screenshots into attractive visual designs. It is really so easy that even a caveman can do it!

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Conference News

  • Elearning Network Connect 2018 just wrapped up this week in London. Why not take a quick peek in on them?
  • This was Work Out Loud week (@WOLWeek)and it isn’t a conference but it is something worth checking out. #WOLweek
  • Looking for your next conference? I’ve added some new events recently to my global collection of L&D events.
Speaker Proposals:

Design Resources

  • No Shit is a nice list of free resources for your design projects.
  • Chartify is a chart maker for busy people.

Apps & Tools


What I’m listening to

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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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