Mike Taylor Learning, Design & Technology

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 20, 2019

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

It was a treat to pop-in on the Central Ohio ATD’s Annual Event this week. What’s not to like about a local gathering of fellow L&D pros like Cara North (@caranorth11), Jaqueline Hutchison (@jachutchinson), John Rock (@jonrock), Tim Slade (@timslade) and a whole host of others. It always puts drops in my bucket to spend time with people like that – it is always too short!

Here are this week’s finds from the Learning, Design & Technology world.

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Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019

The Top Tools for Learning 2019 list was compiled by Jane Hart from the results of the 13th Annual Learning Tools Survey. Take a minute to browse the top 200 tools as well as their ranking on 3 sub-lists: Top Tools for Personal & Professional Learning, Top Tools for Workplace Learning and the Top Tools for Higher Education (EDU100) to provide context for their use.

Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019


The Slides You Deliver Versus the Slidedoc You Leave Behind

Great advice from (@maeganstephens) of @duarte. If you answer the question “do you need to project these slides or do you need them as a leave behind?” with “Both”, run don’t walk over to read this article. I am a big believer in the value of creating a separate document with the key takeaways you want your audience to have.

The Slides You Deliver Versus the Slidedoc You Leave Behind


Learner Survey Results are NOT Correlated with Learning Results

WIll Thalheimer (@WillWorkLearn) shares references to the claim that learner surveys are not correlated—or are virtually uncorrelated—with learning results along with some valuable commentary.

Learner Survey Results are NOT Correlated with Learning Results


Learning in a High-Performance Ecosystem

This post from Arun Pradhan (@arunzpradhan) is a must-read about how the Learning & Development industry is slowly/ painfully/ finally realigning itself to focus on performance outcomes. This has many dimensions but essentially involves focusing on what people can create, solve and achieve which might involve learning.

Learning in a High Performance Ecosystem


Explore or Exploit: The Hidden Decision that Guides Your Life

This article by Scott Young (@ScottHYoung)really speaks to me. I totally agree with him when he says “cultivating space is a goal you should have. For many, the aim of life is to squeeze the space out of every moment–every dollar spent, every second scheduled. In this case, I think the attitude of optimization may actually be a weakness, if it closes you off to new opportunities that might be better than anything you’ve seen so far.” This is a great read.

Explore or Exploit: The Hidden Decision that Guides Your Life


Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

  • leavemealone.app – See all of your subscription emails in one place and unsubscribe from them with a single click.
  • sizle.io | An Online Presentation Platform that promises slide design, detailed viewer insights, feedback forms and CRM integration – all in the browser.
  • Poppulo is an interesting looking Poppulo option for engaging employee communications I’m adding to my “Try this out” list.

Conference Roundup

The conference season is heating up. Check out the upcoming schedule.

Check out the upcoming conference action and please let me know if you see any I´ve missed.

You can find me at these UPCOMING EVENTS:

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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.

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