Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | April 26, 2019

The best of learning, design & technology by mike taylor

“A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought — they must be earned.” -Naval Ravikant

Happy Friday! I really love what I do yet sometimes you are just glad to make it to the end of the work week. I´m looking forward to some family time this weekend and I hope whatever you have on your agenda brings a smile to your face. I also hope these things from the learning, design, and technology world this week bring you a little something worthwhile too. Have a great weekend! Cheers!

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What You Need to Know About Cognitive Load A Conversation with John Sweller

If you are a learning professional or if just about anything else for that matter, you can benefit from understanding important aspects of how people learn. John Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory is a great place to start.

How To Accelerate Client Learning (Using Spaced Repetition)

Sean D’Souza (@seandsouza) explores how spaced repetition can improve learning in this thorough piece. When you’re done with this one, do yourself a favor a browse some of his other great posts too.

Three Options are Optimal for Multiple-Choice Questions: A Meta-Analysis of 80 Years of Research

Researchers have endorsed 3-option items for over 80 years with empirical evidence—the results of which have been synthesized in an effort to unify this endorsement and encourage its adoption. This just might change your view on a topic you’ve probably not given much thought.

Learning by teaching others is extremely effective—a new study tested a key reason why

In this study, researchers suggest that ‘the benefits of the learning-by-teaching strategy are attributable to retrieval practice; that is, the robust learning-by-teaching strategy works but only when the teaching involves retrieving the taught materials.

How to Link Images for Super Fast Content Updates

Check this post if you could ever benefit from a technique to create PowerPoint and/or Word documents in a way that allows for quick and easy updates. It has been hiding right under your nose this whole time!

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Design Resources

Apps & Tools

  • Squiqr – Slick digital business card app for sharing your contact information automatically without any typing, etc.
  • iTube Studio – Chrome extension for downloading online videos from YouTube. Upgrade to the paid version to download from Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitch, and others like BBC, Hulu, and Yahoo.

Books, Podcasts, Courses:

What I’m listening to:

  • Digging through the crates looking for something new this morning, with this Crate Diggers playlist

Conference Roundup

Global L&D Conferences & Events App

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.

You can find me at these UPCOMING EVENTS:

Interested in the things that didn’t make the cut here? Follow me on Twitter or even better, subscribe to my newsletter.

I’m always 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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