Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | June 26, 2020

Learning Design & Technology

‘All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.’ –Martin Fisher

It looks like we’ve made it to another Friday and I hope you’re having a great week. I am grateful to have had my first visit with my parents since the pandemic began. It looks like our numbers here are going back up again so I hope it isn’t as long before I get to see them again. Stay safe.

Happy Friday! Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to: I recently attended the Creative Pro Week conference and they had this fun playlist for the times between sessions. It is a nice, happy background track for working today.

Last week’s most clicked item:
Present with your video beside your PowerPoint slides in Microsoft Teams or Zoom

What is no code and why should you care?

Building interactive things on the internet, historically, required at least some knowledge of code. That’s changing, thanks to tools that allow anyone to create these interactive things without any coding knowledge. If this isn’t on your radar yet, this is a “must-read”!

“I Don’t Have Anything to Share”

“It’s probably the biggest reason I’ve seen for people explaining why they don’t participate in a community. They don’t feel they have the expertise to participate. They don’t have any questions they need answered. They don’t feel they can make a useful contribution to the community.” That’s not true. Every single one of us in every single community has something valuable to share.

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Did you know you can work with vector graphics in PowerPoint? When it comes to working with imagery in PowerPoint, there are some great possibilities. By introducing vectors into your PowerPoint repertoire, you open your designs up to an endless supply of aesthetic impact.

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Is Your Elearning Broken?

Mark Berthelemy says that yes, in theory, you can make your eLearning accessible (and therefore more valuable) beyond the LMS but putting it into practice isn’t quite so easy. So, in the meantime, we need to decide where our priorities lie. Is it with learners who need an experience, or learners who need resources? It’s unlikely you’ll find that the same tool works best for both.


5 Ways to Host Your Instructional Videos Without Using YouTube

While YouTube is the default option for most people needing to host videos online, there are a number of reasons it may not work for you. Here are 5 alternatives recently shared by Richard Byrne that may be worth checking out.

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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:

  • How L&D Can Create Value – This episode of Learning Uncut looks at the value proposition of L&D to the organization.  Jos Arets and Geraldine Voost offer some practical advice for L&D professionals looking to create higher business value.
  • Opportunities For L&D From The Current Crisis with Ben Chambers on David James’ Learning and Development podcast.
  • A conversation with Diane Elkins about all things e-learning including common mistakes and keys to success with e-learning design and development on the Leading Learning Podcast.

Tools & Resources

  • [Link Sharing] – Keen is a new bookmark/link sharing tool from Google that looks promising.
  • [Design Tool] – Canva now enables you to make high-quality videos without being a professional video editor
  • [Design Tool] Projector is a new free online tool to help you visually communicate your ideas
  • [Design Tool]Vector Creator from icons8 is a nice vector graphics creation tool
  • [Event Mgt] lets you create one page event sites for managing tickets and registrations from Google Sheets
  • [Calendaring] – This is a slick calendar link generator to help people add your events to their calendars from Labnol

Conferences & Learning Events

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

Where You Can Find Me

The online Learning Development Conference is running now through the first week of July and Bianca Baumann and I will be running an online master class for the VOV Network in Belgium starting in November.

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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