Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | February 19, 2020

“One of the most effective ways of moving others is to uncover challenges they may not know they have. ”

Daniel H. Pink

Happy Friday! Looks like we’ve made it to the end of another week and we got yet another opportunity to work on our snow shoveling technique. Fortunately the snow and not being able to travel doesn’t stop us from having conversations with our friends and colleagues. Those are the highlights of my week. Next week a highlight will be getting the chance to speak at the Learning Technologies conference about some of the things L&D should steal from our marketing colleagues. If you’re interested, I’m on Monday at 9:30 Eastern time (1/22). Let me know if I should look for you there?

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Today is a “70s Roadtrip” kind of day. I hope it is going to be a “Lovely Day

Last week’s most clicked item:
16 Reasons Why People Don’t Share Their Knowledge
— And What to Do About It

What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

This bit of advice from Ira Glass is very inspirational and affirmative. It is something I have found myself returning to periodically for years now. Especially if you ever have that feeling that you’re not “good enough”. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Why not pass it along to someone else who could also benefit from his message?

Measuring the Impact of Instruction in Enterprise Learning

Julie Dirksen of Usable Learning, shares her thoughts with Guy Wallace in response to the question “What to Measure & How to Measure … the Impact of Instruction in an Enterprise Learning Context”

How to Use RSS Feeds

Helen Blunden recently reminded us that “If you’re relying on social networks to serve you up the content you want to read – you’re not in control.” And she has written about how you can use RSS to take control of the information you consume. I have a similar strategy and pipe things into Feedly from Twitter, YouTube, newsletters, blogs and just about anything I want to keep up with. I can attest that this approach is infinitely more efficient than any other I’m aware of.

The Science of Workplace Instruction: Learning and Development Applied to Work

This research delves into the intersection of instructional principles and organizational training methods. Among the findings are five core instructional principles that have empirical support and can be applied in multiple ways to facilitate learning. If you prefer an easier to consume video format, check out Jane Bozarth’s video interview with Kurt Kraiger.

Which tool when for files: SharePoint, OneDrive, or Microsoft Teams

I’m guessing that I’m not the only one who has been befuddled by this confusing scenario. (Why does everything Microsoft do have to be so challenging to understand?)

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 also publish a daily L&D Tech Toolbox newsletter. You can find those and subscribe here.

  • – This is one of the best things I’ve seen in awhile. Murf is a text-based voice over maker with hyper realistic AI voices.
  • – Brick is a super lightweight platform for creating small sites. Imagine if Google Docs was built for making sites.
  • Zoom Agenda – lets you create an agenda and add a timer to every agenda item so you know how long to spend discussing each item.
  • Brain Pint – A curated newsletter with interesting reads, tools & learning resources sent out weekly to make you smarter.
  • – MeetButter is an all-in-one platform I recently discovered that hosts interactive workshops, training sessions and live courses.

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.

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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