The design process is weird and complicated because people are weird and complicated. —Mark Boulton
It looks like March is coming in like a lion here in our neighborhood with a little snow today and the temperature heading well below zero this weekend. Here are a collection of the best things from learning, design, and technology this week. Be sure to bookmark and share all the fantastic learning science and instructional design goodness I compiled in this post earlier this week. Cheers!
Seven essential elements of a lifelong-learning mindset
Many of us are facing significant changes in what we do, how we do it, and even why we do it. To survive and better yet to thrive in this environment, we have to keep learning new skills. Studies show that workers who maintain their ability to learn outpace other professionals.1
PowerPoint Morph Improvements
If you use PowerPoint and don’t use the morph transition, you should stop what you’re doing and go learn all about it right now. Microsoft has recently expanded what is possible with morph. By renaming slide objects with a !! at the front of the name you can now do things including:
- Force different shapes (such as a circle and a square) to morph
- Force two instances of the same shape – but with different text in each – to morph
- Force two images to morph
- Force any two objects of the same type to morph (table/table, SmartArt/SmartArt, chart/chart)
Content Curation Webinar by Sprout Labs
A Look Back At The Years Best From Learning Science And Instructional Design
Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany
A few other things just because I can.
- PixelMob – Search thousands of royalty-free photos from around the web
- Joe Schmoe – An illustrated avatar collection for developers and designers
Apps & Tools
- OneLinePlayer: The simplest free web video player without branding and quality loss, which loads 2x faster than others and support HQ previews.
- Ribbet – This is an old favorite of mine for photo editing that now has a downloadable option.
Books, Podcasts, Courses:
- Fun With Storyline My good friend Karl Richter is working on a very cool approach to learning how to build engaging and effective learning content while you’re having fun doing it.
- Captivate vs Storyline Webinar by Elearning Uncovered (@elrnguncvrd)
- Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace by Karie Willyerd
- xAPI Foundations by Anthony Altieri (@aa_altieri) on LinkedIn Learning.
What I’m listening to:
- Career transitions can bring some uncertainty and stress which is why I´m tuning in to ¨Totally Stress Free¨ playlist a spin today. (Hope it works!)
- The Training Mag Conference was this week Check things out via the #TRGCONF hashtag.
- Down in Australia, the iDesignX conference was also happening #iDesignX
- Look in on the LnDConnect Unconference from Manchester #LDCUMan19 @LnDConnect
Looking for your next conference? I’ve recently updated my global collection of L&D events with new 2019 dates. Let me know if you see one I missed or have a new one to add.
- DevLearn submissions are now open through March 15.
- Elearning Consortium of Colorado Conference proposals are open until March 18.
- Check the new and growing list for speaker submissions here.
Thanks for reading! If you found anything good, forward it to a friend or spread the word with a tweet.
You can find me at these UPCOMING EVENTS:
- March 26: Learning Solutions, Orlando, FL
- June 14: PowerPoint: The Digital Design Super Powers You Never Knew, Cleveland, OH
- June 17-18: Learning Tech Day, Gent, Belgium
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