Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 3, 2020

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” —Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

We’re coming up on a holiday weekend here in the US. Our family is looking forward to enjoying the long weekend with an extra day off and streaming Hamilton with the original cast later this evening. I’m looking forward to watching it while we enjoy some Aarron Burr-itos and Ham-ilton and cheese sandwiches,

Happy Friday! Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to: I discovered this great soundtrack of covers of old songs from a TV show I’ve never heard of, Everwood. If the show is as good as the music I might have to check it out.

Last week’s most clicked item:
What is no code and why should you care?

Emotional Design in Digital Media for Learning

Interesting article summarizing research on emotional design in digital media. Digital learning environments offer many more ways of influencing learners’ emotions, using a number of design features that are under the control of the learning designer.

On Learning, Raising the Bar and Using Social Media

Tanmay Vora shares a few good tips on how to use social media for intentional learning and self-development

On Learning, Raising the Bar and Using Social Media

Trust and Learning

John Hagel says that learning in the form of creating new knowledge through action and reflection on impact is key to accelerating performance improvement.

Trust and Learning

Avoid PDF for On-Screen Reading

Lots of good tips about PDF documents in this article from the Norman/Nielsen group. Forcing users to browse PDF files causes frustration and slow task completion, compared to standard webpages. Use PDF only for documents that users will print. In those cases, following 10 basic guidelines will minimize usability problems.

Microsoft Gets Serious About Skills: Major New Announcements

We’re starting to see a number of learning technologies integrate with Microsoft Teams. In this article, Josh Bersin talks about three types of scenarios for using MS Teams in a learning context.

Microsoft Gets Serious About Skills: Major New Announcements

A few other things just because I can.


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

  • Nigel Paine and Martin Couzins discuss the opportunity to reset corporate learning in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
  • On Michelle Ocker’s Learning Uncut podcast, Kristina Tsiriotakis discusses how her company has reimagined content, campaigns and community, leveraging a learning experience platform as the ‘water hole’ around which people gather.
  • A new podcast from a local friend, this episode of Do Tell: Virtually explores the foundations of how teachers (of all levels) need to rethink their lessons, timing student engagement strategies as they transition from live to virtual teaching.

Tools & Resources

  • [screenshots] – Markup Hero is a free screenshot & annotation app
  • [multimedia] Human Sound: Humanize your UX with sounds that your users can relate to
  • [web]Freenom is a site offering free domain names
  • [nocode] – Amazon has a new nocode tool called Honeycode
  • [email]nomadmail is a new option for newsletters and other campaign type content.
  • [elearning] iSpring Page is a microlearning tool similar to Articulate Rise

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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