Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | June 5, 2020

“If you want peace, work for justice.”

Recent events have left me speechless. Global pandemic, local curfews and utter chaos. Nothing I can think to say that will be sufficient. As Euan Semple said “There is no them. There’s just us, all of us. Don’t let your tribe convince you otherwise.”

Happy Friday! Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to: I just discovered Oatmello Radio which is quickly becoming a new contender for my favorite playlist for working along to.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Creating Simple Animated Videos

Why Workplace Learning Needs to Change

The ever-increasing demands on businesses mean learning and development has never been more stretched, so it’s time to do things differently, says Ben Betts. Ben encourages us to “Start with some small experiments around social or self-managed learning experiences and measure results. If it works, go to the C-suite & explain what you’ve done and how it works. Start small..but start now.”

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Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies All Teachers Should Know

This article by Barak Rosenshine presents 10 research-based principles of instruction along with suggestions for putting them into practice.

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Goodbye Growth Mindset, Hello Efficacy and Attribution Theory

This 3-Star Learning Experiences post explores what self-efficacy and attribution theory have to offer is way more specific and useful in practice (and why growth mindset is potentially damaging for learners). 

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How to Use Mayer’s 12 Principles of Multimedia Learning


A nice illustrated walk through of Richard Mayer’s Multimedia Learning principles by Water Bear Learning.

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Seven Habits that Seem Lazy (but Actually Let You Get More Done)

Interesting article from Scott Young that is resonating with me and talks about how we focus on being visibly productive, often subtly undermining the unseen ability to do important work.

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A few other things just because I can.


Here are three podcast episodes from this week that are worth a listen:

  • Shaking Up the Conference Format – The Good Practice guys host, Dr. Will Thalheimer and Matthew Richter to discuss the details of the new online-only ‘L&D Conference’.
  • The Future of Online Learning – Robin Petterd and Cheryle Walker explorehow live online learning can reach more people and how organisations are going to become a hybrid of remote and physical workplaces.
  • If You Build It, Will They Learn? This episode explores some of the main benefits of blended learning and follows the idea of meeting the learner where they like to learn, by using a variety of modalities.

Tools & Resources


Conferences & Learning Events

The Learning Guild’s Speaker Chat will feature Nick Floro on Sticky eLearning Tools and Technology on June 12th (Free registration required)

Here are a couple of helpful resources if you’re looking for a L&D-related conference or webinar.

Where You Can Find Me

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

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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