Mike Taylor Learning, Design & Technology

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 29, 2019

‘First do it, then do it right, then do it better.” – Addy Osmani

If you’re here in the U.S. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and didn’t eat too much. I’m heading to the gym soon for a workout so I can eat some leftover apple pie later today. No matter where you are, I hope you have a lot to be thankful for and have a great weekend!

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


Last week’s most clicked item:
Three Bizarre Learning Principles (And Why They Constantly Surprise Me)


Range & Inefficiency

Harold Jarche (@hjarche) the book Range—Why generalists triumph in a specialized world, by David Epstein. “learning is most efficient in the long run when it is inefficient in the short run” Most education and training courses “produce misleadingly high levels of immediate mastery that will not survive the passage of substantial periods of time” Curiosity is also a key determinant in learning and solving wicked problems. Curious people always choose to look at new evidence, even if it does not agree with their current beliefs.

range & inefficiency


The Top 9 Screen Recording Tips That Will Make You a Better Creator

Before you make your first screencast, these nine essential tips from Matthew Pierce (@piercemr) and Techsmith (@techsmith) will help you create a quality screen recording.

The Top 9 Screen Recording Tips That Will Make You a Better Creator (With Video)


How Performance Reviews Can Kill Your Culture

Do performance reviews work well in your organization? If not, you might want to consider the insights in this post from the Farnam Street (@farnamstreet) blog. If you must grade performances, do it against the past. Is she learning? Is he improving? How can we increase the rate of progress and development? Empower people to help and learn from each other. The range of skills in an organization is often an untapped resource.

How Performance Reviews Can Kill Your Culture


Working Out Loud for Managers & Leaders

I’m a big fan of the #WOL approach and as with many efforts, managers and leadership are an important key to success. Here are three common ways organizations can scale their WOL efforts by connecting WOL with their leadership development and talent management programs.

https://workingoutloud.com/blog/use-case-wol-for-managers-3-variations


There is no longer such a thing as a job for life

Jane Hart (@c4lpt) on how today’s ever-changing world and poses new challenges to both organisations and individuals. One of the implications is that the traditional 3-stage model of education-work-retirement will no longer apply, and will be replaced by a multi-stage model, where there are a variety of ways to arrange the steps. Based on info from The 100-year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, written by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott,

There is no longer such a thing as a job for life


Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

  • Xunto – Helping people create ‘Badass’ eLearning content through collaborative storyboarding
  • Try out the Wistia free plan for some nice options for your video content including interactive tools, A/B testing, useful integrations with other services and more.
  • Recast Studio – build videos fast & easily with pre-built templates & intuitive interface
  • Happy Hues – a color palette inspiration site that shows how the colors could be used in your design projects.
  • Pixelize – Design unique graphics in minutes for free in your browser
  • Webinar – “Learning Leaders – Build Your Team to Thrive in 2020” by Michelle Ockers

What I’m Listening To:

For more check out the upcoming conference schedule or the L&D webinars and professional development events calendar by Kari Knisely (@KariKnisely)

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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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