Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 17, 2020

“Training gives people solutions to problems already solved. Collaboration solves new problems none have solved before.” —Marcia Conner

I am super excited to be heading off for some much-needed vacation time. Soon after I hit the publish button on this, we’ll be loading up and heading out for some time at the lake. I’m looking forward to just sitting around and watching the wind blow by for a while. I hope you have a great weekend. Happy Friday! Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to: Since we’ll be on the road, today will be all about the road trip music.

Last week’s most clicked item:
Top 5 NoCode Tools for Elearning

Multiple-Choice Questioning as a Valuable Learning Opportunity

Multiple-choice quizzes are somewhat polarizing in education. Most teachers either love them or hate them. Some see these questions as a way to assess student learning while also providing options. Others believe multiple-choice questions are not very valid or reliable because students are able to guess and may be given credit for information they really did not know. Blake Harvard unpacks this question and shares his thoughts on a necessary component of high-quality multiple-choice questions: all of the alternatives must be competitive.

xAPI + LRS: Everything You Need to Know in 2020

Devlin Peck has put together a guide that includes everything you need to know about the Experience API (xAPI) and Learning Record Stores (LRS) in 2020.

The Munger Technique: The Best Way To Improve Yourself

We’ve all heard about the magic of compounding interest. Something equally powerful is mental compounding interest. Here’s some advice from the investor Charlie Munger’s book, University of Berkshire Hathaway as shared by Darius Foroux. “He (Munger) got the idea to add a mental compound interest as well. So he decided he would sell himself the best hour of the day to improving his own mind, and the world could buy the rest of his time.”

Radically Remote Facilitation Toolkit

Joshua Davies has put together a nice toolkit for any facilitator, trainer, leader, & educator looking to shape more meaningful interactions in virtual spaces. Check out this collection that includes a free online course, ebook, and robust toolkit. I’ve found some really useful items in here and I think you will too.

Vote for Your Top Learning Tools

Jane Hart is collecting submissions to find out what are the most popular, useful, valuable, digital tools for learning? Jump over and add your Top 10 to Jane’s 14th Annual Survey to help create the TOP 200 TOOLS FOR LEARNING 2020 list.


A few other things just because I can.


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

  • Learning While Working: A conversation about the ‘creative destruction’ and rethinking of how we work and learn online with Nancy White
  • Learning Uncut: Personalised Learning meets Diverse Needs with Henrik Harder & Nick Howe
  • Train Like You Listen: Bianca Woods on connecting with the learning community

Tools & Resources

  • [design]Over is another online content creation / design tool.
  • Video Recorder A free online tool that allows you to record videos and take pictures with your webcam. All you need is a web camera and a good internet connection.
  • [design] · Low Poly Pattern Generator
  • [social]Icebreakers – 500+ ice breakers to help you get conversations going.
  • [MS Teams] – LinkedIn Learning has started a Microsoft Teams weekly tips series.
  • [email] Aweber is now offering a free plan for their email marketing tools.

Conferences & Learning Events

Here are a couple of helpful resources if you’re looking for a 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 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?
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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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