Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | April 16, 2020

“Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”

Ann Landers

Happy Friday! I’ve got some news to share on the professional front. I’ll be starting a new role at Nationwide on Monday doing some cool stuff with their cybersecurity team. I’m looking forward to this new challenge with the great team of people there.

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What I’m Listening to: I discovered this cool site that has a collection of “Lo Fi” music, which I find to be a great option for when you’re working.

Last week’s most clicked item:
Everything You Need to Know to Create Quizzes With Microsoft Forms

Organizational Behavior Change Toolbox

This post is an adapted conversation between Samuel Salzer and Henrik Dresbøll of WElearn from the series Behavior Worth Spreading. It explores the toolbox of the behavioral manager as Samuel answers ten questions from Henrik related to organizational behavior change.

Effects of the Pandemic on Learning Technology Roadmaps

Dig into the juicy details of this report by Megan Torrance. The data showed that L&D teams accelerated their

plans in more tried and true technologies, while plans for implementing newer technologies tended to be slowed down. Click through to get more details.

Five of the best workplace learning theories

The folks at Emerald Works have shared their take on the workplace learning theories they think are most useful. Jump in to see if your favorite made the list. I’m curious to hear what you think. Do you agree or disagree? Would you add any others?

Do You Have an Idea Garden?

This is an idea that really resonates with me. I use a combination of bookmarks and OneDrive to “seed” my idea garden. What’s your idea garden look like? How do you tend it?

A Complete Guide To HTML Email

I’ll admit that I think email can be good. I think well done emails are an underutilized option in everyone’s toolbox. Smashing Magazine takes a look into templates and tools for building and designing HTML emails. There is something for everyone and lots of really great resources in here. How are you using email in your work?

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.

  • FontShare – a new typeface resource where fonts are 100% free for personal and commercial use.
  • TweetPik – Capture and share professional screenshots of your (or anyones) tweets.
  • Background Remover by Deposit Photos – yet another option for removing image backgrounds
  • – The simplest way to create beautiful forms and do cool stuff with them for free.
  • Colorsinspo – All in one resource for finding everything about colors

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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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