Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 10, 2020

“You have: Training, Schooling, Benchmarks, Industry peers, Entrenched experience, Data, data, data

They have: great ideas, not-so-great ideas.

You’re the expert…not the order taker. Listen, consult & lead.”

—Jen Hartman

Our family is super excited to have officially started the count down until we head off to Lake Kegonsa for some much-needed downtime next week. Another thing everyone should be excited about is the fact that the voting for Jane Hart’s annual Top Tools program is now officially open. I’ve participated every year and will be publishing this year’s version of my Top 10 tools soon. You should head over and submit yours too! Happy Friday! Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to: I love 80’s music and I love remakes, so this “80s Covers & Remakes” playlist is sure to be good, right?!

Last week’s most clicked item:
‘The Show’ Learning Design Competition

 Top 5 NoCode Tools for E-learning

In this great post from Devlin Peck, introduces 5 NoCode tools to design and develop eLearning. These tools make it possible to develop fully-functioning software without writing a line of code, and they provide easy-to-use graphic interfaces so that we can “code” visually. By learning the five no-code tools in this article, you’ll expand your repertoire of possible learning solutions and vastly speed up some of your workflows.

7 Audacity Tips for Better Audio Editing on a Budget

Audacity is a really great tool for any type of audio recording and editing. Here are a few editing tips to make working in Audacity a lot faster and easier.

The learning professional as storyteller

Clive Shepherd reflects on how central storytelling has become so central to his approach to learning design. Personally, I think writing/storytelling is one of the most valuable skills contributing to the success of learning design projects.

Why social learning will be even more vital in the future of Work

In her recent Training Zone article, Sheridan Webb tells us that if L&D has learned anything from the recent challenges of lock-down, it is the value of community. Virtual tools are only as good as the people behind them, so we need to invest in people networks as well as technology.

Don’t Miss: The Show (A Learning Design Competition)

If you work in Learning & Development, you owe it to yourself to check out “The Show”. Cath Ellis and Kim Tuohy have created a totally brilliant learning design competition that is currently running as part of the lead up to The Learning Conference 2020.

A few other things just because I can.


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

  • The latest from Michelle Ockers’ Learning Uncut podcast is “Building Confidence & Courage” which explores how learning professionals can emerge from disruption as relevant and effective with Rachel Hutchinson of Hilti and Sarah Lindsell of PwC.
  • Bianca Woods provides some tips for speaking and sharing your knowledge at conferences and in the industry, and how to broaden your L&D horizons on the latest episode of “The L&D Forecast” podcast.
  • The Truth About Instructional Design” with Nyla Spooner on the If You Build It Will They Learn podcast.

Tools & Resources

  • [curation/collaboration] Bublup is a great looking curation/resource sharing option that looks better than anything I’ve seen in a long time. I can see this earning a spot in my Top 10 tools this year.
  • [design]Foca Stock is a collection of free photos, videos, and templates for commercial use
  • [design]Design Target is a curated list of design resources
  • [project mgt] – Teamline is a simple project management tool for Slack
  • [design]Projector is a design tool for creating all kinds of graphics easily.
  • [learning]Microsoft Learn is a big collection of learning resources for all kinds of their tools.
  • [books] – Check out the Behavioral Scientist’s Summer Book List 2020
  • [website] – Simplify website management with SpreadSimple and Google Sheets

Conferences & Learning Events

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

Check out the online free Learning Technologies Summer Forum July 13-17

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.

I’m super excited to be participating in The Learning Conference 2020 next month!.

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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