Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 9, 2020

Collection of Retrieval Practice Research and Resources

“If there is doubt, don’t claim you are certain. It’s amazing how relaxing it is not to pretend to know more than you do.”

Christopher Hitchens

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What I’m Listening to: I need to crank out some work today and I hope this classic playlist does the job (despite the title it isn’t country).

Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Use PowerPoint Like Adobe

I’ve been enjoying listening to the Learning Uncut podcast. Each bi-weekly episode is a story about a real learning solution or initiative told by the learning professionals who made it happen. Host Michelle Ockers is looking for guests with a story to share about something they’ve done which has made a difference in their organisation.

Contact Michelle to explore being a guest yourself or to recommend someone you think would make a great guest.

The Rise of Learning Tech Ecosystems

When it comes to technology, learning leaders also have more choices now than ever before. Instead of just an LMS to serve the entire organization we are now able to select from a wide variety of options and connect them in new ways to create learning technology ecosystems. I think this is quickly becoming a game changer that everyone should be aware of. I highly recommend digging into their full report “The Art and Science of Designing a Learning Technology Ecosystem” for more insights.

How to Use Nudge Theory to Drive Successful Learning Engagement

Nudge campaigns are a complimentary addition to learning programs and this article introduces the EAST framework — the four simple principles for influencing behaviour: make it Easy, Simple, Attractive and Timely (EAST).

How Do Rocket Scientists Learn?

Yasmin Fodil (@yasminfodil) talks about the sources of collective knowledge available to knowledge workers, and the ways that they can access that knowledge. Notice how she frames this as “pulling” info vs it being “pushed” to her – “Who can I learn from”, “What can I learn”, “How can I learn it” – all driven by knowledge-seeking. Her conclusion is “Learning in Public is Hard, but Worth It”

A Collection of Retrieval Practice Research & Resources

Kate Jones (@87History) has rounded up a big collection of research and resources on retrieval practice.

How to Make Video in PowerPoint

In this step-by-step tutorial, Kevin Stratvert shows us how to record your PowerPoint presentation as video. Learn how quick and easy it is to insert a narration, video, and then export your PowerPoint to a video presentation. Kevin’s YouTube channel is a great resource for lots of relevant, useful topics with high quality how to and review videos.

A few other things just because I can.


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

Tools & Resources

For more tools & resources like these check out my weekly Tech Tuesday Toolbox posts.

  • Bublup. Visually organize anything in a way that is easy to navigate at a glance with pictures and titles.
  • Create mockups online | Artboard Studio — Design, animate, collaborate and present your projects with an extensive library of assets and templates right in the browser.
  • Speaker Deck – Share Presentations without the Mess — Speaker Deck is the best way to share presentations online. Simply upload your slides as a PDF, and we’ll turn them into a beautiful online experience.
  • Tables | Google’s Area 120 — Tables is Google’s newest productivity tool. Google’s version of AirTable helps teams easily track & automate tasks, enabling them to save time and work smarter.
  • Arist: the text message learning platform — Create remote friendly courses in minutes. Start for free building your very own text message microlearning courses with a learning management system (LMS) built for speed.

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

October 19-30 DevLearn DDX Conference

Online master class for the VOV Network in Belgium with Bianca Baumann starting in November.

November 10 – Nationwide’s “Modern Digital Learning” (Internal webcast)

November 20 Central Indiana ATD Virtual Learning Summit

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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