Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | December 7, 2018

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ― Frank Zappa

We’re entering the time of year when many of us take a pause to reflect on the past year. Today I’m grateful for all the cool projects I’ve worked on this year, amazing people I’ve met at conferences and other events, and all of the smart, generous people who share what they know with others. Looking to kick off 2019, I’m *SUPER* excited to team up with speakers and facilitators from the UK and around the world at the Learning Technologies conference in February. If you’ll be there I’d love to see you! In the meantime, here are the best things of the week from the learning, design, and technology world. Cheers!

On Conference Proposal Rejections

One of the best things I’ve ever done is deciding to speak at conferences. Anyone who has ever submitted to speak has been on the receiving end of a rejection letter. Tracy Osborn (@limedaring) reminds us that it is ok and to just keep trying.

Forgetting to Remember

This article from the Learning Scientists blog by Althea Need Kaminske (@drsilverfox) is an interesting look at how forgetting – whether it’s caused by interference or decay – can actually HELP us remember. Forgetting helps you remember by presenting you with fewer options.

Kick*ss PowerPoints Are a Real Thing: Here’s How to Make Them

I am a big fan of PowerPoint. It is quite versatile and does so many things really well. This article by Kenny Li (@KennyMuLi) will give you some ideas for you to create a presentation worthy of everyone’s time.

Think of PowerPoint presentations as the video to your audio.

Are you ready to start the workplace learning analytics journey?

In a six-part series, Trish Uhl (@trishuhl) offers insight to L&D professionals on the components of a workplace learning analytics strategy. Part one looks at how to get started on your workplace learning analytics journey.

A Conversation About Designing Presentations with Adobe Tools

Mark Heaps (@lifebypixels) talks about designing presentations with Adobe tools and shares some great insights. After watching this you might want to start designing your slide decks with InDesign.

When you build projects that will be handed off to clients for updating we have to have a UX/UI mindset. It is not good enough to just make it look good, you have to build it the “right way”

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Conference News

  • Online Educa Berlin happened this week. Check out #OEB18
  • The Irish Institute of Training & Development #IITD18 conference also took place.
  • It is Computer Science Education week #csedweek is the hashtag for playing along at home.
  • Looking for your next conference? I’ve added some new events recently to my global collection of L&D events.
Speaker Proposals:

Design Resources

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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