The Best of Learning, Design & Technology _ Mike Taylor

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | February 21, 2020

“Ignorance is curable. Refusing to learn is not.” — E. Michale Helms


This was one of those weeks when I had to remind myself to just keep breathing. Trying to wrap a lot of things up on a project at work and have you ever had a recurring conversation with your spouse that seems unsolvable? That! So I am a little extra grateful for the arrival of Friday and all the good great things I’m surrounded by. I hope you’re surrounded by the lots of great things too. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: I’m checking out something a little different as I work today. Kiwanuka was recommended by my good friend Karl Richter from Elearning Blends.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Don’t Learn More, Learn Smarter. A Quick Guide to Agile Learning


Creating A Climate That Grows Self-directed Learners

Mark Britz has always been a personal favorite and when you watch this I think you’ll see why. I always appreciate his insights on Organizational Social Design and in this session he talks with Ray Jimenez about Creating A Climate That Grows Self-directed Learners


In Real Life: The Other Lesson L&D Can Learn From Marketing

JD Dillon shares another take on how much L&D and marketing really have in common. See what he has to say about how we can learn from marketing to get better at measurement.


How Fast Should You Be When Learning?

Scott Young considers a different meaning for speed: how quickly should you try to do things in order to improve performance. A lot of learning involves having a mental representation of what the ideal performance ought to be. Are you failing to reach the Ideal or do you not know what the ideal is?

How Fast Should You Be When Learning?


Microsoft Threatens To Change the LXP Market: EdCast and Others Respond

Have you heard of Microsoft Cortex yet? It is a beta with the potential to make an impact on corporate learning and knowledge management. It indexes all the documents and interactions happening in a company and shows you trending topics, people most affiliated as experts, and documents most relevant to a topic. On another Microsoft related note, LinkedIn has announced that they are building a Learning Experience Platform.

Microsoft Threatens To Change the LXP Market: EdCast and Others Respond


Spaced Learning: Why It’s So Good & How to Get Started

The spacing effect is one of the oldest and best-documented phenomena in the history of learning and memory research. Research has repeatedly shown that using these techniques can increase the retention of new knowledge and skills. You can see a copy of my slides and the related resources from my Elearning Guild session that was part of their online “Make Learning Stick” conference this week.


A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

Conferences & Learning Events

Call for Speakers:

Interested in the things that didn’t make the cut here? Follow me on Twitter

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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