Learning Design Technology Mike Taylor

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | April 5, 2019

“To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” -Lao Tzu

The video below is from my son’s 7th grade science class. His school has an amazing set of teachers which has been inspiring to watch and has totally changed the way my son views school.  Mr Canterbury has converted the entire year from a boring slog through science into an exciting mission to Mars. Kudos to him and the rest of the Worthingway Middle School staff!


Now to blast off with the best of this week’s learning, design and technology news.

How Workflow Learning Can Power the Classroom

In this post, Conrad Gottfredson (@congott) says that “On the average, half of the skills covered in traditional formal learning can be safely pushed in their entirety into the workflow.” He also goes on to talk about how the instructional methodology makes a difference in the speed and degree to which people learn and how workflow learning can add back time for methodology without adding more time to training.

https://www.5momentsofneed.com/module/news.htm?newsId=8245


Deep Learning, Deliberate Practice, and Desirable Difficulties

Learn how to help workers develop job skills through deep learning, deliberate practice, and evidence-based training methods known as desirable difficulties from this conversation with Patti Shank (@pattishank)

Deep Learning, Deliberate Practice, and Desirable Difficulties: An Interview with Patti Shank


How artificial intelligence is changing the way L&D is working

You’ll want to check out this ebook and podcast series of interviews with leaders who are revolutionising learning and development using artificial intelligence. Tune in with Robin Petterd (@RobinPetterd) to get the scoop on AI in L&D

https://www.sproutlabs.com.au/elearning/how-artificial-intelligence-is-changing-the-way-l-and-d-is-working-ebook-podcast-series-and-ebook/


Cultivating Communities with Rachel Happe of Community Roundtable

“Communities are just-in-time learning mechanisms—they’re containers of trust that scale beyond individual relationships.” – Rachel Happe (@rhappe) That’s why it’s so important for us as learning leaders to be intentional and cultivate these within our organizations.

Cultivating Communities with Rachel Happe of Community Roundtable


A Guide to Cloud Fonts in Microsoft Office 365

Fonts used to be a challenge in PowerPoint when sending or sharing your slide decks. If the recipient didn’t have the same font installed that you used to create the slides the whole thing could take an ugly and frustrating turn for the worse. Fortunately, Microsoft has changed the game with the recent addition of Cloud fonts. Now your slides can look the same, no matter where you open them or who else views them. Julie Terberg (@JulieTerberg) has put together this handy guide to help.

A Guide to Cloud Fonts in Microsoft Office 365


Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Design Resources

Apps & Tools

  • Twist — Twist is an asynchronous communication tool that givespeople who don’t like Slack a different option to try.
  • I Love PDF – Every tool you need to use PDFs, at your fingertips. All are 100% FREE and easy to use! Merge, split, compress, convert, rotate, unlock and watermark PDFs with just a few clicks.
  • iTube Studio – The Quickest Way To Download Your Favorite YouTube Videos

Books, Podcasts, Courses:

What I’m listening to:

Conference Roundup

Here’s a peek at the conference action for this week and next:

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.

Speaker Proposals:

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