Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | December 13, 2019

Learning at work is work, and we must make space for it.

I don’t know about you but the holiday feeling is starting to make itself felt around here. I might even start mixing in a little Christmas music this afternoon. I need some gift ideas for my wife. If you have any good ones, could you please send them my way?

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

What I’m Listening to: Spotify has recapped my listening habits and this is how my decade sounded on Spotify.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Video for learning –15 things the research says – some may shock you…


6 Common L&D Mistakes (& How To Overcome Them) With Simon Gibson

Simon Gibson is Head of L&D at RS Components and he’s passionate about transforming workplace learning. According to Simon, his role has two parts: impacting “how the profession is viewed in the broader context of learning and organizational development” and “making a difference” within his business. Read the six mistakes and then dive even deeper by listening to Simon talk with David James on the podcast.

6 Common L&D Mistakes (& How To Overcome Them) With Simon Gibson


Why Care About Learning?

Scott Young (@ScottHYoung) asks Why Care About Learning? His answer includes “Being good at things matters…. being able to efficiently acquire hard skills matters for your success in life.” and “…people could be much happier and lead far more interesting lives if they knew how to learn better.“

Why Care About Learning?


Going Broad—Not Narrow—is the Best Route to Lasting Success

In Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, David Epstein (@DavidEpstein) argues that going broad—not narrow—is the best route to lasting success and wellbeing. Check out what he has to say in this inteview.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/going-broad-not-narrow-is-the-best-route-to-lasting-success-an-interview-with-david-epstein


What Medieval People Got Right About Learning

Apprenticeships are still around but most learning nowadays takes place in a classroom. Was it better before? Another good one from Scott Young (@ScottHYoung)

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/what-medieval-people-got-right-about-learning


Canva Keeps Getting Better

Canva was already a pretty darn handy tool to have in your toolkit. Drop in to see what they’ve been adding to make it even better. Some of my favs are publishing directly to MailChimp and downloading your designs as PowerPoint (.pptx) files. What is your favorite?

https://mike-taylor.org/2019/12/10/canva-just-keeps-getting-better-better/


Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

L&D Conferences & Events

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

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