Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | January 17, 2019

Mike Taylor Learning Design Technology

“I’m brilliant at being not brilliant at everything. And at being perfectly happy with that.” – Mathias Vermeulen

You may have noticed some things moving and shifting around. I’ve been playing with ways to improve the visual design and functionality of this newsletter thing. I’m wrestling with trying to find the best way for adding some white space and making things a bit more readable. The main challenge is getting the MailChimp formatting looking good without compromising things on the website. If you are good at email design or have any good tips I’ll gladly take them.

Here are this week’s finds. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: I gathered with some old school friends not long ago and my old roommate created this playlist of songs from our college years. (which tells you how old I am!)

Last week’s most clicked item:
Major Research Review on Learning Transfer

100 Posts on Learning Theorists in 100 Days

You should plug into Donald Clark (@DonaldClark) as he shares a series of readable pieces on 100 learning theorists, for next 100 days… first Socrates… Greeks, Religious educators, Enlightenment, Marxists, Constructivists, Pragmatists, Psychoanalysts, Instructors, Behaviourists, Cog scientists, etc


Minimizing Challenges Of Learning From Smaller Screens

Research describes significant constraints for consuming content and performing tasks on a smaller screen, and we must be aware of them when designing mobile information and learning content. Fortunately, Patti Shank (@pattishank) shares some research that offers actionable and easy-to-implement tactics for making content on a smaller screen easier to use and understand.


The Surprising Power of Simply Asking Coworkers How They’re Doing

A recent EY survey found that more than 40% of U.S. respondents reported feeling physically and emotionally isolated in the workplace. One simple solution: establish more opportunities for colleagues to check in with one another. Another reminder that it is really all about our people.


PwC’s Well-being Learning Project: A study of the benefits and impact of employee well-being

PwC looked at the factors of “corporate well-being” and how to design the workplace experience of the 21st century to enable us to be at our best, both inside and outside of work. They found “ definitive links between well-being and performance”

Click to access pwc-and-usc-well-being-learning-project-summary-report.pdf


3 Things L&D Should Steal from the Marketing Dept.

I recently had the opportunity to talk shop on the Elearning Alchemist podcast. Bianca Baumann (@biancabaumann), Mike Simmons (@simmons_m) and I touched on some things that marketers are really good at and L&D pros should be thinking about including attention, spaced learning, repurposing content and a whole lot more. Take a listen!


Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

  • [app] Mute Background Noise During Calls with the Krisp App
  • [course] Design for Collaboration Course: What do Instructional Designers Need to Learn and Unlearn? 3-week introduction to collaborative online learning in a collaborative online learning environment
  • [podcast] Evidence-Informed Learning Design: Mirjam Neelen (@mirjamn) talks about her new book on the Good Practice podcast.
  • [photos] Pikwizard FREE Stock Photos & Royalty-Free Images for Commercial Use
  • [photos] Burst Download free, high-resolution images for commercial use
  • [design] Colorsinspo – All in one resource for finding everything about colors
  • [design] Calcolor – Calculate colors. Share palettes.A new way to manage digital colors.
  • [design] Beedii — Hand-drawn emoji font with 40+ emojis and icons
  • [tools] Extension Rank – the best extensions for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari browsers
  • [tools] Invoicely – free online invoicing
  • [tools] Iorad – Watches you and automagically creates step-by-step tutorials.
  • Animoto: the video tool for the non-technical creator

Conferences & Learning Events

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I love talking about learning, design, and technology. If you’re looking for a speaker, let’s talk! Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet.

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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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