Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | February 15, 2019

Learning, Design & Technology by Mike Taylor

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

The Learning Technologies Conference in London was fantastic. As always, getting to finally meet so many amazing people in person was by far the highlight. Jane Hart, Michelle Ockers, Don Taylor, Euan Semple, Ben Betts, Craig Taylor, Paul Jocelyn, Ger Driessen, Dani Johnson, Mirjam Neelen, Sunder Ramachandran, Trish Uhl, Emma Weber, Alfred Remmits, Matt Donovan, Amanda Nolen, Lori Niles-Hoffman and so many others that the list could run on for days.

You can check out the slides and resources from my curation session here. And the recordings of all the LT19UK sessions will be available soon.

And then came the “isn’t always pretty” part of travel when I found out at the airport on the way home that my passport had been stolen. Obviously not a fun day making my way to the US Embassy for a new passport, buying an expensive new ticket for the next day and the stress of trying to figure it all out. Fortunately, it was a warm, sunny, beautiful day to make the rounds of greater London and everything got sorted out. My incredible wife took care of the new flights and the amazing Jo Cook (@lightbulbjo) took me in for the night and gave me a much-needed hug at the end of a long, crazy day.

So on to this week’s slightly delayed edition. Cheers!

How The Flesch Reading Ease Test Can Help You Write Clear and Concise Copy

If I was forced to only have one great skill for creating learning content, I think I’d choose an amazing writer. These tips from @hubspot can help all of us write better.

The Transformation Journey – 2019 Annual Research Report

Towards Maturity’ (@towardsmaturity) has published their annual research report which collects longitudinal evidence from all stakeholders in the learning process to share key insights and characteristics of organizations with high-performing learning cultures are more. Grab your free copy to learn more.

How To Create Your First Email Course or Email Challenge

An email course is a simple series of automated emails that deliver educational or instructional content. This post from @Aweber shows you how to get started. Other good options for this type of email course include MailerLite and MailChimp.

How To Create Your First Email Course or Email Challenge

How to Morph One Shape into Another Shape in PowerPoint

If you use PowerPoint at all, you should know about Morph. It is a super simple way to create crazy cool and impactful animations.

How to Morph One Shape into Another Shape in PowerPoint

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Design Resources

  • – Great collection of free HD videos for your next project.

Apps & Tools

  • PixTeller – Easy-to-Use Design & Animation Tool
  • Xara – A kind of Canva-like way to create documents

Books, Courses, Podcasts

What I’m listening to:

  • After my long and winding road home, something relaxing like this Chill Hits playlist is in order.

Conference News

There was a flurry of conference action this week including:

Speaker Proposals:

Thanks for reading! If you found anything good, forward it to a friend or spread the word with a tweet.

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I’m looking for great people and organizations who want to help people learn and work better. If you’re one of them, let’s talk! Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet.

Looking for a previous edition? Check out the archives

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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