Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 16, 2020

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” — Bruce Lee

Happy Friday! Not a lot to say this morning. Looks like a busy day heading into a chilly weekend around here. I hope this finds you doing well and feeling happy! All the best from me to you.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Today is a “Free & Easy” kind of day for this mellow classic rock playlist.

Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Use Nudge Theory to Drive Learning Engagement

Fearing Forgetting: Should You Try to Maintain or Relearn Knowledge?

Scott Young tells us that a great irony in learning is that those who remember best are the most acutely aware of how much they’ve forgotten. Like Scott, for those of us who enjoy learning a wide variety of things, the maintenance problem can be a thorny one. If that piques your interest, this is something you should definitely check out.

When Training is the Wrong Solution

Training is too often the proverbial hammer in search of nails. It’s an easy check mark to show that action has been taken, assuming that improving individual skills is the core issue that needs to be addressed. Harold Jarche shares the example of diversity for which training isn’t getting the job done.

Richard Clark: Task Analysis & Training Design

Guy Wallace hosts Richard Clark to discuss some of his practices and perspectives on Evidence Based Practices for Instructional Systems Design and Performance Improvement. One particularly interesting and relevant point in here is that:

“experts who are the primary source of most of the information we give for training are unaware of very key things that they do to be successful at their area of expertise. We think about 70% of the decisions in the analysis that experts make…they’re not even aware of.”

Unmuted: What Works, What Doesn’t And How We Can All Do Better When Working Together Online

Learn what’s working, what’s not, and how we can all do better when working together online from the results of this survey of over 4000 people who are doing it every day. (While you’re there, “Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes” is also worth checking out.)

How to automatically create certificates for online tests with Zapier

You may know that I’m a big fan of Zapier for connecting different apps with each other and automating a variety of tasks. This is a great example for automating the creation of certificates for online tests. Have you ever used Zaperi for anything? If so, what are you using it for?

The Debunking Handbook

The Debunking Handbook 2020 summarises the current state of the science of misinformation and its debunking. It was written by a team of 22 prominent scholars of misinformation and its debunking, and it represents the current consensus on the science of debunking for engaged citizens, policymakers, journalists, and other practitioners.

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.

  • — a simple web tool to create and share powerful visuals (infographics, posters)… no design experience needed!
  • PicPick — a great, free, full-featured screen capture tool & graphics editor
  • Justinmind — a free wireframing tool for web and mobile. Unlimited wireframes and users. Free forever
  • CloudApp — a screen recording software for Mac & PC. Record video, webcam, GIFs, capture your screen and share it instantly to the cloud
  • Lucidspark — a virtual whiteboard with real-time collaboration

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

December 3 – Understanding Learning Trends (Learning Guild)

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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