Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | December 14, 2018

Learning Design & Technology by Mike Taylor

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

The holidays are rapidly approaching and now is a good time to think about all the things we have to be grateful for. My family and friends are right at the top of my list. Here’s to you and yours having a merry everything and a happy always. Cheers!

Digital Learning Trends for 2019

What does 2019 have in store for learning pros? Check out these prognostications and some strong calls for more people-focused approaches.

Self-explanation is a powerful learning technique

Find out more about what this meta-analysis has to say about the fact that it is better to ask a student to see if they can explain something to themselves, than for a teacher or book to always explain it to them.

Self-explanation is a powerful learning technique, according to meta-analysis of 64 studies involving 6000 participants

Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work

Researchers Paul Kirschner (@P_A_Kirschner), John Sweller, and Richard Clark tell us that based on our current knowledge of human cognitive architecture, minimally guided instruction is likely to be ineffective.

How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You

I took some time to do this and immediately noticed a difference. Try these easy steps to reduce the impact your phone is having on you. Our phones seem to have an oversized impact on us and we may not even realize it. Just having your phone on your desk literally makes you dumber even when it is turned off.

By The Numbers: My Top 10 Posts of 2018

A quick look at the posts that garnered the most attention this past year including a global learning conferences calendar, better bullet point alternatives, free graphic design tools, books for L&D pros and the presentation app.

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Conference News

  • Looking for your next conference? I’ve added some new events recently to my global collection of L&D events.
Speaker Proposals:

Design Resources

  • Isometric Love – nice set of isometric objects that are free for personal or commercial projects
  • Kapwing – Kapwing lets anyone create and edit video easily online.

Apps & Tools

  • Fotor – Another option for online photo editing AND creating pro-looking designs.
  • Adobe Scan – Get rid of those piles of paper on your desk or the junk in your wallet. The free Adobe Scan app works on your mobile device, scans documents into PDFs, and automatically recognizes text.


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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