Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | June 12, 2020

‘“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Have you heard about the new L&D Conference? I’m doing a fun program on how us ‘mere mortals’ can use the little known multimedia features in PowerPoint for doing things like graphic design, ebooks, motion graphics, and videos. You can learn more about the conference below and if you’re interested, let me know. As a speaker, I have a few discount codes for 25% off that I can share – at least until they’re gone.

Happy Friday! Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to: After all the chaos of recent weeks, I’m feeling like I could use a little Mood Booster to pick me up today.

Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Use Mayer’s 12 Principles of Multimedia

L&D Conference

I’m speaking at a new, all online L&D Conference and if you haven’t heard of it I think it is something you should check out. It is taking a very different approach from most other conferences the lineup of speakers includes some of the best from around the world. As a speaker, I have a limited number of 25% discount tickets.  If you take a look at the details and decide you’d like to register, just reply to this email and I’ll give you the code. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Hope to see you there!

Creating Synchronous Learning That Works Well

In this article, Patti Shank continues her series on the right balance for blended learning programs with a deep dive on what research tells us are the main benefits and barriers of synchronous learning elements.

Performance Design Canvas

Arun Pradhan has developed a design tool to support performance gap analysis and evidence-based solution designs leveraging behavioral economics inspired nudges, habits, and development strategies. You can download a copy and watch a video overview by Arun of how it works.

Learning Communities – The Journey Ahead

In his latest post, John Hagel reminds us that now, more than ever, we need to learn faster. In a rapidly changing world, learning becomes a key driver of survival, not to mention success. The most valuable form of learning is creating new knowledge through action and by working together. How do we do that? We need to find ways to come together and participate in communities – but they’re a very different form of community than the ones that most of us know today.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, you’ve probably heard a buzz about design thinking. If you’re only vaguely familiar, or you’ve been wanting to dive in and learn more about how it can benefit the work that you do, “Design Thinking for Training & Development” by Sharon Boller and Laura Fletcher is the book for you.

A few other things just because I can.


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

Tools & Resources

  • [Design] – Canva is now available as a desktop app for Macs.
  • [Tools] Cursive lets you record steps and then autogenerates a pdf documenting the steps.
  • [Video] Five YouTube tips every teacher should know.
  • [Addin] – Creator Studio is a Google Slides addin that gives you the ability to generate videos with background audio, save your speaker notes and other things not natively available

Conferences & Learning Events

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

Where You Can Find Me

I’m working on an online program for the online Learning Development Conference starting June 22. Let me know if you or anyone you know is interested in a 25% discount for registration.

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.

Looking for a previous edition? Check out the archives

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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