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.
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.“
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.
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)
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?
Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany
A few other things just because I can.
Tools & Resources
- [podcast] Working Out Loud with John Stepper on the Leading Learning podcast by Jackie Harman
- [books] The top 15 books on the science of learning from Pooja Agarwal (@retrievalpractice)
- [books] Grab Paul Matthews L&D at Work trilogy – free on Kindle Dec 13-17th (you can read this in your browser and don’t need a Kindle)
- [template] Do online training/webinars? Grab Jo Cook’s (@lightbulbjo) Facilitator Guide Template
- [tools] Need a wiki? Create one in about 30 seconds with Google Docs
- [tools] TallTweets turns your Google Slides into an animated GIF
- [design] 5 Stock Photo sites that will make your content more inclusive & diverse
- [course] Elearning Development tips by Tim Slide on LinkedIn Learning
- [course] Take this quiz about writing multiple-choice questions. If you don’t do so well, get $145 off Patti Shank’s Question Writing course (Code: WLAEARLYBIRD – use before 12/30)
L&D Conferences & Events
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.