Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | February 26, 2020

Learning moves at the speed of conversation. If we want faster learning, we need to start by removing the physical and psychological barriers between people. Create more channels not more content.

Mark Britz

Happy Friday! The days are getting longer and warmer. The snow is almost gone and I’m looking forward to being able to do a lot more things outside and see more people in the near future. Speaking of seeing people, I had a great time presenting at the Learning Technologies Digital Experience earlier this week. Today is the last day, but you should check out some of the recordings from the past two weeks. 

Thanks for reading! 

What I’m Listening to: Lo-Fi Beats” is one of my “go to” playlists and has been on repeat here this week. I think you’ll like it too:  

Last week’s most clicked item:
What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

A Guide to Cloud Fonts in Microsoft Office 365

In the past, sharing a PowerPoint deck with others meant you needed to use one of the small number of “safe” fonts to avoid having things go wonky and have your fonts get substituted for another one if the recipient didn’t have the same font that you used installed on their computer. (This is still true of older versions of PowerPoint 2016 and earlier)  Microsoft has made this much less of an issue with Cloud Fonts. Now there are about 700 “safe” options. Learn more and download a guide from the amazing Julie Terberg.

How to Write Bullet Points People Actually Want to Read

Bullet points often get a bad name…and often for good reason. But there are certain times and places where bullet points are actually useful.  As Mark Heaps once said, “Bullets won’t kill unless you use them like a dumb-ass.”  The goal here is to achieve, “headlineability” with each bullet.

Why Community Belongs at the Center of Today’s Remote Work Strategies

Dion Hinchcliffe writes about how many organizations are trying to keep their workers productive and engaged. Except for in-person businesses and essential workers, the workforce has largely been physically disbanded until the pandemic comes to an end, one way or another. And how we must deliberately and strategically cultivate these stakeholders as the communities that they really are and which actually power our organizations.

Designing for Complicated Complexity

Learning & Development has a pretty good tool kit for knowledge-based or procedural learning. But what about creating effective learning experiences for complex skills? Get some great insights from three super smart L&D pros: Emma Weber, Mirjam Neelen & Julie Dirksen 

Dual Coding to Organize Ideas

In this ResearchED session, Oliver Caviglioli helps teachers become acutely aware that organization is essential for learning. Exploring the work of Federick Reif, Oliver moves teachers’ understanding to a point where they entertain Barbara Tversky’s assertion that the mind regards ideas as objects. With this new framework with which to understand thinking, teachers learn how to ensure they select the correct graphic organiser appropriate to their curriculum content.

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.  

  • iLove PDF Every tool you need to work with PDFs in one place
  • myNoise — Free online Background Noises, Ambient Sounds, Relaxing Music 
  • — Unify disperate tasks and boost performance with these this app
  • Stormboard — Make your meetings, brainstorms, and projects better
  • Iconduck — Over 100,000 free open source icons, illustrations and graphics. 

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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