Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | JANUARY 29, 2020

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein

I’ve recently been reminded of the importance of feedback. In normal times, I weigh myself at the gym once a week and since I haven’t been to the gym nor on a scale in nearly a year I’ve been without that bit of feedback. So when my wife bought a scale for us here at home, I was rather unpleasantly surprised with the feedback it gave me. Time to start working on those ‘pandemic pounds’. 

Speaking of feedback, the Learning Guild has a short survey about your use of learning technologies. As part of the Guild for Good program, a donation will be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for each survey response collected. The survey is here:  http://survey.alchemer.com/…/Technologies-for-Learning…

Thanks for reading! 

What I’m Listening to:  It seems like a great day for a little throwback action, so here is the Throwback Party playlist I’ve got going today. 


Last week’s most clicked item:
Principles for Remote Instruction


Right People, Wrong Skills? Leverage Marketing Techniques For Reskilling Purposes

Bianca Baumann shares some of the marketing techniques that L&D can use, especially when it comes to re- and upskilling. Learn how marketing does things like tapping into emotions, getting high levels of engagement and more. 

https://www.biancabaumann.com/right-people-wrong-skills-leverage-marketing-techniques-for-reskilling-purposes/

THE BIG L&D RESET – A CALL TO ARMS FROM THE FUTURE

Ashley Sinclair explores how she thinks L&D is broken and we do need to fix it. She also calls on an all-star cast of L&D pros for their thoughts on how we might go about it. 

https://www.maas-marketing.co.uk/blog/marketing-for-learning/restarting-ld-embracing-the-change/

Behavior change: What’s the brain got to do with it?

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Philip Bujold talks about neuroscience as a crucial and integral part of the way the behavioral sciences attempt to understand and change behavior. Take a look at what he says neuroscience has to offer to practitioners beyond what psychology and behavioral economics already do when it comes to behavior change. Philip Bujold talks about neuroscience as a crucial and integral part of the way the behavioral sciences attempt to understand and change behavior. Take a look at what he says neuroscience has to offer to practitioners beyond what psychology and behavioral economics already do when it comes to behavior change. 

https://medium.com/in-rare-form/behavior-change-whats-the-brain-got-to-do-with-it-ab7c40798785

Learning Technology Trends

If you’re like most people who work with technology, you appreciate having an understanding of what trends are bubbling up to the top so you can stay ahead of the game and make informed decisions. You’ll also value having an efficient way to keep up with the scores of new tools that are emerging every day and learning how you can start putting them to use to benefit your work right away. In short, many L&D technologies are becoming more specialized and connected with the potential for doing some amazing things yourself without the need of a programmer is very exciting. 

https://www.slideshare.net/tmiket/learning-technology-trends-and-how-to-start-using-them-today


Rockstar Resources for PowerPoint 

The way most people use PowerPoint is broken. Unfortunately, the PowerPoint interface guides people towards creating slides that contradict current research in cognitive science. To be effective communicators and teachers, we must change our slide design approach to align with proven principles that are compatible with how people learn. This is a collection of my favorite resources to help you do that and be a “PowerPoint Rockstar”

https://mike-taylor.org/2021/01/26/rockstar-resources-for-powerpoint/


A few other things just because I can. 

Podcasts

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


Tools, Tips & Resources 

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


Where You Can Find Me

Interested in the things that didn’t make the cut here? Follow me on Twitter or connect with me on LinkedIn


If you’re looking for a helping hand or someone to speak at your event, let’s talk!
Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet. 

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