Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | January 24, 2019

Mike Taylor Learning, Design & Technology

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Theodore Parker

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

What I’m Listening to: Last week’s college music playlist has had me stuck on the 80’s alternative music that was a soundtrack of my days at Miami University. Go Redhawks!

Last week’s most clicked item:
100 Posts on Learning Theorists in 100 Days


In Teaching, Sometimes 1+1≠2! Here’s Why

People can’t process a verbal and written explanation that take place at the same time which has serious implications for the design of learning. Research tells us that we shouldn’t use redundant information in our lessons and/or presentations. After all, if we provide both the written and the spoken words at the same time, we force people to multitask and us humans just can’t do that.


Twine Makes Branching Scenarios Easier

Christy Tucker (@christyatucker) shares how the free open source tool Twine makes planning, writing, and creating branching scenarios easier. Learn more about this simple way to create functional prototypes.

Twine Makes Branching Scenarios Easier


3 Myths You Need to Reject to Make More Visual Help Content

Learn how to make your own simplified graphics for your content. It’s easier than you might think and there are some nice advantages like saving time on updates and making your graphics easier to understand for your audience. You can do this manually or if you haven’t seen SnagIt’s simplify tool you just might be amazed! (I know I was.)


Yammer Isn’t Just a Communication Tool

Simon Terry (@simongterry) looks at Yammer as a strategic talent and capability coordination tool that he says if you aren’t using to power your strategy you are losing massive value. Are you using Yammer or any other ESN to bring your people together in pursuit of organization strategy?


Driving automation in learning campaigns with data and analytics

Matthew Mason from @superblearn describes a newish tool, Sparks, that leverages the marketing concepts of campaigns and automation for the L&D world. Pop on over for a quick introduction into the possibilities.

Driving automation in learning campaigns with data and analytics


A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources


Conferences & Learning Events

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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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