Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 18, 2019

Mike Taylor Learning, Design & Technology

Ignorance is the path to extinction…Not taking control of our own learning opportunities (or that of our teams) is the fastest way to make yourself irrelevant.  – Ann Handley

Twas the weekend before DevLearn and all through the house the speakers are buzzing taking care of all the last-minute tweaks to their slides and other details. (At least that is what I’m doing.) I’m looking forward to seeing my L&D tribe in Las Vegas next week. If you’re there, I’ll be doing a pre-conference workshop along with a concurrent session, morning buzz and serving as a DevLearn ambassador. I hope to see you there.

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

Last week’s most clicked item:
BrightSlide: The new must-have PowerPoint add-in from BrightCarbon

Do We Still Need E-Learning?

‘E-learning’, by which we mean interactive, self-paced instruction, has had a role in workplace learning, under one name or another, for about 40 years. In this video, Clive Shepherd asks whether e-learning has delivered on its promise – how efficient is it, how effective, how popular and how commercially successful? More importantly, do we really still need it, given that other forms of digital learning have enjoyed more obvious success in recent years?

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In Defense of the Course

In defense of the course. This week on The @GoodPractice Podcast with @pattishank – whether traditional formal learning has a role in the modern workplace. And, if so, when?

Your eLearning Questions Have Been Answered

Does everybody really have a mobile phone? What is the optimal length for a training video? Does eLearning really save time? These are just a few of the questions that Jane Bozarth is frequently asked by Guild members and L&D professionals. In Let Me Google That for You (LMGTFY), she shares her responses to these questions and gives insight on topics that range from definitions to instructional design terms to references on empirical data regarding the effectiveness of eLearning.

#LrnChat – Top Tools for Learning

Last night’s #lrnchat discussion was about Top Tools for Learning – in particular, working and learning with collaborative documents and working and learning with collaborative platforms. Drop in to see what they said and check out the questions so you can contribute your own thoughts and ideas.

The Redefining Women Icon Collection

@nounproject launches a new collection of 60+ icons representing women in design, technology and leadership positions, available for free as Public Domain.

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

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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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