Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | June 19, 2020

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“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”  Garth Stein

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Happy Friday! Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to:  This morning I’m going with my personal list of liked songs which is kind of a reflection of me – retro, calm and cool. (At least that is what I want to think!)

Last week’s most clicked item:
Performance Design Canvas + Video Overview by Arun Pradhan

Present with your video beside your PowerPoint slides in Microsoft Teams or Zoom

It seems like everyone is meeting and presenting online these days. Dave Paradi shares a slick tip for presenting with your video beside your PowerPoint slides in Microsoft Teams or Zoom

7 things to check before you design training

7 things to check before you design training
“Training will help solve this problem.” Before you say this, make sure more powerful changes have been made first. Here are 7 factors to consider from Cathy Moore. It’s like the marketing funnel. We pour a bunch of problems in at the top. Some problems are solved at each level, until a few problems make it to the narrowest bit, where training might be appropriate.


Social Age Guide Book Series

Julian Stodd has created a series of free e-books that takes an overview of a subject, and includes sections on ‘what you need to know’, ‘questions you should ask’, or ‘what you need to do about it’. Topics include community building, remote working, social learning and more.

Are Your eLearning Courses Ready for Adobe Flash End of Life?

December 31, 2020. The end of an era. The end of life for Flash. Back in the summer of 2017, when Adobe first announced they were “pulling the plug” on Flash, 2020 seemed like a long time away. Now it’s not. If you still have Flash-based content, you have just a few short months to decide what to do with it.


Which Video Conferencing Tools Are Most Accessible?

A still image of a video call in Google Meet with the Turn On Captions setting zoomed in to see where it can be found in the interface

In this article, Claudio Luis Vera explains what to keep in mind when choosing between video conferencing tools to benefit everyone on your team — including those with disabilities.

A few other things just because I can.


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

Tech, Tools & Tips


Learning Guild’s SpeakerChat – Sticky Learning Tools + Tech with Nick Floro  – Recording of Nick’s Learning Guild session. Lots of great stuff in there!

Where You Can Find Me

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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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