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

“Only a fool knows everything.”

African proverb

Happy Friday! We’re heading into Spring Break week here and I’m looking forward to the chance to be outside in the sun and just breathing in the fresh air. Speaking of which, I’m reading the most fascinating book – “Breath” by James Nestor. It is amazing to learn the significant health impacts of how we breath. Did you know that breathing through the nose has innumerable benefits: more oxygen, lowers heart rate, protects us from pathogens. Anyone who breathes should read this book!

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Who’s up for some 80’s goodness from Howard Jones, Simply Red and the rest of the 80s posse?

Last week’s most clicked item: Pre-Recorded Videos Prove More Effective for Student Learning Than In-Person Instruction

Women in Learning

Jane Bozarth and Kate Graham have partnered on this report from the Learning Guild that profiles women from the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, and India, most at mid-career, and offers their comments about success, overcoming missteps and obstacles, and the role of mentoring.

Creating Paragraph Styles in PowerPoint

In this ‘how to’ by Nolan Haims, he shows you how, with a little creativity, you can create text styles in PowerPoint that can be applied, edited, and globally re-applied. This can be a great trick to have up your sleeve to help with consistency and save you some time.

What To Do When Clients Ruin Your Work After Delivery

I think most of us who do any type of creative work have likely experienced this scenario at one time or another. Here’s a short take from Chris Do on how to handle this when it happens.

Research Reviews

Twice a month the L&D Accelerator site is posting research reviews by Ruth Clark. There are six already there including research on collaborative learning, seductive details and more.

The Dark Side of Personality Tests

In the documentary “Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests”, the discriminatory nature of a widely used tool is put under the microscope. This article about it touches on the intriguing history behind the world-famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator while raising a slew of ethical questions and demonstrating how some personality tests may do more harm than good.

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.

  • WeWeb  — Create websites powered by any data source
  • Gmelius — The collaboration platform for Gmail to collaborate on emails, manage projects, and automate workflows right from your daily apps like Gmail, Slack, Trello.
  • Footage — Super quick and easy way to get a great looking video.
  • Blobs — Generate beautiful blob shapes as SVG for your design projects
  • Mockuuups Studio — The fastest way for designers and marketers to drag & drop visuals into 700+ scenes.

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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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