Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | February 28, 2020

Mike Taylor Learning, Design & Technology

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

I didn’t even realize this was a leap year until about a day or so ago. It may seem silly but doesn’t it feel like we’re getting an “extra” day for free? For out bonus day, we’re going to go check out a Maker Faire and team up in the kitchen to try out a new recipe. I hope you have something fun lined up for your bonus day this year! Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Today I’m stealing a page from my daughter who has been a huge Bille Eilish fan since waaay before she became popular. Try a sampling like this station on Pandora.

Last week’s most clicked item:


3 Ways to Engage Your Organization with SharePoint, Stream and Microsoft Teams

It seems that most sizable organizations have these Microsoft tools but are barely scratching the surface of what they can do. Especially in a learning context. What are you doing with these tools? I think we all should be looking into how we can use tools like these to create learning hubs with content, resources, Q&A, and facilitate valuable peer-to-peer discussions.

3 Ways to Engage Your Organization with SharePoint, Stream and Microsoft Teams


Use these Powerful Questions to Learn More

Like Arun Pradhan, I’m a big fan of questions. Arun has collected a set of questions that are helpful for learning and suit a variety of circumstances and goals. I also share his belief in the value of staying curious and being a good listener. What questions of your own have you found valuable?

Use these Powerful Questions to Learn More


Use framework for performance solutions

Continuing the theme of questions and great Australian learning pros, Matt Guyan shares his ‘Use framework for performance solutions’ and it’s based on four simple questions. This is a great way to help you focus on “outcomes over outputs”. After all, as Matt says, what’s the point of making more ‘things’ if they don’t make a difference in terms of performance?

The Use Framework for performance solutions



Last week’s article on Microsoft’s potential impact on the LXP market has got me interested in Project Cortex – how it works and what it can do. Cortex can also intelligently pull up relevant information when using Office 365 apps – it’s all about increasing workplace efficiency.

Cortex is currently in private preview and being tested by a number of organizations (you can apply here). It’s scheduled to be released for general use in the first half of 2020.

What is Project Cortex?



Effective visual communication is so important because it can express complex information with multiple layers of meaning. When compared with text alone, text that is combined with relevant images improves comprehension significantly. Learn more about the benefits of a “visual-first” approach.

The Basics of Visual Communication: Marketing Strategies for a Visual World

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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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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