Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 31, 2020

“The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning, you’re not old.” — Rosalyn Yalow

It was back to work time this week even though part of my brain is still floating on a lake in Wisconsin. Lots of uncertainty around here right now. Looks like no fall sports for us and we may be heading for 100% online school to start here. Sometimes I think how nice it would be to have a nice boring, regular routine. Alas, that isn’t going to be an option for quite some time. I hope you’re navigating things in your world successfully and finding some happiness along the way!

What I’m Listening To: Today I’m going old school with a lot of my favorites in this Timeless Soul playlist.

Last week’s most clicked item:

Microsoft’s Announcement Changes the Future of Learning Here’s What You Need to Know

Microsoft has announced a “new learning app for MS Teams”. Does that mean it’s game over for large parts of the learning tech market? Well, not quite. Toby Harris of Filtered breaks it down for you in this post. In short, Toby says this is a big but not particularly bold move by Microsoft. Check it out.

How Can We Make the Most of Synchronous and Asynchronous Time in Distance Learning?

Effective distance learning blends both asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences to maximize the time together virtually to build community and learn collaboratively, while also providing autonomy for learners to engage in content, read, investigate and demonstrate mastery at their own pace. See what else Katie Martin has to share on blending distance learning.

Learning Technologies Summer Forum Recordings

A couple of my favorites include sessions by Lori Niles on the Invisible LMS and Mark Britz with James Tyer on Social Organizations and Learning.

Conversations with Community Managers – Elizabeth Kohler on Engaging Online Learners

Tune in to this episode with Elizabeth Kohler who shares how to get learners comfortable with using an online learning platform, strategies for pulling engagement in a social learning community into the classroom, and the benefits of using a cloud-based platform for learning and social sharing.

Ten Common but Dubious Reasons to use Multimedia Learning

From the 3 Star Learning blog: Dick Clark and Dave Feldon (D&D for short) raise some questions about ten commonly vented reasons that people give when implementing multimedia in education and what the research says about them.

A few other things just because I can.


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

Tools & Resources

  • [PowerPoint] eBook: Guide to Morph Examples: is an excellent set of slides that demonstrate what can be done with the Morph transition. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to do some pretty impressive things.
  • [Events] – Slick Events lets you create event websites and sell tickets without a fee – all via Google Sheets. Very cool!
  • [Design] – Ten great free sources for character illustrations.
  • [Tools & Apps ]Creator Stack is a great collection of resources for startups and anyone looking to work smarter.
  • [Design] – The Ultimate Avatar Library is a collection of free avatar illustrations.
  • [Mockups]Previewed is a great looking free tool for screenshot mockups.
  • [Mockups]Device Shots is another great option for creating device mockups.

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 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 week!

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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