Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | January 15, 2020

How far that little candle throws his beam! So shines a good deed in a weary world.


It seems the insanity here in the US knows no bounds. Just when we seem to hit bottom, out come the shovels and we start digging. Fortunately, I had some welcome distractions like the opportunity to have a chat with Guy Wallace this week to talk about all things Human Performance Technology (or whatever your term is for getting things done efficiently and effectively). I hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: For today, I’m hoping to be heads down cranking out some work so it’s back to an old favorite, Mushroom Jazz Essentials for my background music.

Last week’s most clicked item:
The Learning Tech Landscape

3 Questions Answered by an L&D Giant: Dana Robinson

This brilliant series continues with Dana Robinson whose book, Performance Consulting is a ‘must read for anyone in the L&D field. If you’ve missed any of the others in this series (they’re all awesome!) you can browse them all in this playlist.

How to use RSS to boost your Productivity

This article is a nice look at what RSS and a variety of of the ways you can use it to make yourself more efficient and productive. The primary use for RSS is for keeping up with the topics you’re most interested in and you may be surprised at some of the other ways you can use it beyond that.

The Value of Learning “Useless” Things

Scott Young examines the question “Is there a Contradiction Between Learning Directly and Building Foundations?” and talks about the value of “useless” knowledge and how having a large knowledge base across a broad number of areas is incredibly valuable.

How can you find time to design?

Jose Torre takes a look at a challenge many of us face – finding uninterrupted blocks of time to focus on actually doing work. He shares 7 good, easy to implement tips for managing your time to get these much needed blocks of time.

Email: The Overlooked Digital (and Virtual) Learning Platform

You may be thinking “Email? You must be kidding” But Sarah Mercier, shows how valuable email can be a as digital learning too. More people have email than any single social media platform plus it offerings a number of attractive benefits like supporting spaced learning. Click over to learn more and consider adding email to your digital learning repertoire.

A few other things just because I can.


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

Tools, Tips & Resources

I just passed 100 issues of my daily L&D Tech Toolbox newsletter. You can find those and subscribe here.

Where You Can Find Me

  • CUNA IdeasFest – Learning Technology Trends & How to Start Using Them – January 26
  • Nashville ATD – Using Technology for Training – September 16

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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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