Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | March 6, 2020

The Best of Learning, Design & Technology

“The quality of the answers depends significantly on the quality of the questions.” – Eraldo Banovic

Spring is in the air – at least for now.  We sometimes see all four seasons in the same day this time of year around here. It is energizing to see the sun, hear the birds chirping again and being able to get outside without a need to wear layers upon layers of clothes. Here are this weeks finds. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Have you seen the new (to me at least) music service from YouTube? That’s what I’m checking out today including this sort of lo-fi chilled-out playlist.


Last week’s most clicked item:


The future of L&D: two key drivers to propel the sector forward in 2020 and beyond

Danny Seals (@thedannyseals) tells us in his recent article that L&D needs to learn how to ask the right questions when people come to us with a business challenge. We must lead with curiosity and a desire to understand the challenge with empathy. I like his suggestion for a “new” mindset that includes curiosity, empathy, and a thirst for knowledge.


How We Learn Versus How We Think We Learn


This lecture by renowned UCLA cognitive scientist Robert Bjork reveals how forgetting, remembering, and learning are all vital, positive components of human memory.

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Making long-term memories in minutes: a spaced learning pattern from memory research in education

The data from this study shows that Spaced Learning is more efficient than standard teaching methods. One of the most interesting things from this is how quickly encoding to long-term memory can happen — in time scales of minutes! For example, the chart above illustrates that one hour of instruction through Spaced Learning had a significantly greater impact than 23 hours of traditional teaching over the course of four months.


Staples, Wallflowers, and Value – Why 2020 is a Crucial Year for L&D

Donald Taylor takes a look at his annual L&D survey and how ideas move from a small group of enthusiasts to more general acceptance. What are each of these groups thinking of and what ideas are making that transition this year? What does Don think makes 2020 such a critical year? Have a look and see for yourself.


Which Learning Platform? A comparison of Teachable, Thinkific, Kajabi and Learn Worlds

If you are looking to an online course, you might be interested in this comparison of a few top options by Matthew Mason (@superblearn)

What learning platform? Part 2


A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

My favorite of the Week this week is Mailbrew, which gives you a cool way to create your own automated newsletters from multiple sources. For example, create an automated digest of your favorite people on Twitter that comes to you email. 

Mailbrew - automated emails on things you love

  • [design] Barn Images – another source of free hi-res photos
  • [design] Mesh is a simple way to create nice looking gradients for your designs.
  • [design/tool] Poster My Wall – another free option for creating graphic designs
  • [books] Browse hundreds of booklets on design, business, freelancing & more.
  • [course] Journey Mapping: Case Study in Action on LinkedIn Learning (Check your local library for free access.)
  • [design] Smithsonian releases almost 3 million digital assets
  • [tools] LearnWorlds – Create and sell online courses from your own website

Conferences & Learning Events

Call for Speakers:

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

I love learning, design, and technology.  If you’re looking for help or someone to speak, 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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