Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 28, 2020

“How much more damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them.”

Marcus Aurelius

It is fascinating how often the items I find for this newsletter form around a common theme. This week a theme has formed around how to learn which, since you’re reading this you’ll probably agree is very important. I also find it interesting that this particular topic is surfacing just as our schools are getting ready to restart on Monday. How’s that for timing!? (Now if I can just figure out a way to get my kids to read these.)

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

What I’m Listening to: After hearing “Feels So Good” I’ve been following the trail of Chuck Mangione for some work music that is just right for today.

Last week’s most clicked item:
Evidence-Based Ideas for Virtual Classroom Experiences

Scientific Strategies to Make Learning Stick

Sanjay Sarma, head of Open Learning at MIT and Luke Yoquinto,a science writer who covers learning and education, share practical insights on how to optimize your learning including: Three simple tactics that drastically improve how we learn, Why you want the learning process to be difficult, and How to get into the optimal mental state for learning.

Accelerated Learning: Learn Faster and Remember More

People can end up stuck with a static amount of knowledge because we don’t just passively absorb new ideas and information. Learning something new requires active engagement. At FS, we see learning as part of our daily job. We get better to help you get better, and we give you the tools to learn.

The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage

So few adults have been trained in the core skills and mindsets of effective learners. Learning itself is a skill, and developing it is a critical driver of long-term career success. People who have mastered the mindsets and skills of effective learning can grow faster than their peers and gain more of the benefits from all the learning opportunities that come their way.

Harold Jarche’s ‘Working Smarter Field Guide’

Working Smarter with Personal Knowledge Mastery is a field guide for the networked knowledge worker by Harold Jarche. At 12 pages it provides a quick reference to PKM, especially for those new to the discipline.

Learning to Learn: On the Science of Memory and Effective Learning

One of the most useful and interesting things I learned in the last year was not so much a specific subject or skill but a meta-skill. I learned how to learn. Basically learning how we learn will show you how you go from being exposed to a new concept to eventually forming long-term neurological connections that we call memory you can use.

A few other things just because I can.


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

Tools & Resources

If you like this section, you might also like my latest experiment – the L&D Toolbox daily newsletter.

  • Web Captioner – Free, real-time captioning right in your web browser.
  • Pikaso – Get a clean and clutter-free screenshot of any tweet.
  • SupportAlly – Find out what browser your users are using, their operating system, and other browser details.
  • Recast – a Quick & Easy Online Video Editor
  • Monosnap – screenshot tool for Mac and PC with cloud storage.
  • Better Than Bookmarks – Toby – Organize your browser tabs into Toby so you can access key resources in one-click instead of seven.
  • Podcastle – Convert your favorite news and articles to podcasts

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

September 29 Mid-New Jersey Technology Showcase Keynote

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.

3 thoughts on “Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 28, 2020

  1. Hi!

    The better than bookmarks Toby is not found below – here is an updated link –

    All the best,



    Andrea Lodato | Lead Instructional Designer | 203.705.5692
    One Stamford Forum, 3rd Floor | Stamford, CT 06901


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