Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 7, 2020

Mike Taylor Learning Design Technology #NoCode

Modern networking: Make things, write about ideas, and tell people what you’re working on.


I had a fantastic time being part of the amazing LearningCon this week. With three days worth of sessions aimed at three different global time zones I couldn’t catch them all but I came away from all of the ones I did see with some valuable learning. (I’m super excited about the Zapier tricks Devlin Peck shared and how you can use it to trigger MailChimp campaigns based on xAPI activity.) And I can’t wait to scan the recordings to glean even more. Isn’t it energizing to learn cool new stuff that you can put to work right away!? For me, that ranks pretty high on my list. Kudos to Cath Ellis, Kim Tuohy, and everyone else involved with making such a great event possible.

What I’m Listening to: My son loves classic rock and since he’s helping me with some work today, we’re streaming Doobie Brothers radio this morning.

Last week’s most clicked item:

Principles to Improve the Effectiveness of Instructional Videos

Check out these five evidence-based principles for improving the effectiveness of instructional videos from Blake Harvard’s blog. These reasonable recommendations and provide accompanying evidence, theory, and implications for each of the five effects mentioned.

The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

Well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster. This Educause article is focused on colleges and universities working to maintain instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic but any type of organization should understand those differences when evaluating this emergency remote teaching.

No Code Solutions for Websites & Apps

Even if you’ve never touched a code editor in your life, you can still make your concept a reality using one of the many no-code tools currently on the market. In this LinkedIn Learning course, get a broad overview of some of the options available for designing and creating websites and applications without involving (much, if any) code. Tune in to get acquainted with some of the latest and greatest tools in the no-code universe. (Check with your local library for free access.)

Shattering the way L&D thinks about measurement

One model cannot solve the industry’s measurement problem. Instead, each L&D team must ask their own questions, apply proven, data-rich principles and develop their own measurement strategy.

Digital Work Disruption: Interviews

The #e20dwd interview series is a collection of subject matter experts’ views on the issues and recommendations for the transition into a new mode of distributed, digital remote work. Hear great insights from Harold Jarche, Dion Hinchcliffe, Luis Suarez, and others

A few other things just because I can.


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

Tools & Resources

  • [Email] – Create great looking email signatures with
  • [Design] – Free set of 300+ icons – Forge Icons
  • [Collaboration] is Multiplayer screen sharing is app that allows everyone to click and type on the shared screen together
  • [Video] -Amazing Videos Made Easy with FlexClip Video Maker
  • [Video] Glitterly is a video editor for making short video clips of your apps
  • [Design] Over is a free tool from GoDaddy for creating good looking designs.

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.

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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