Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 16, 2021

“It is not the amount of knowledge that makes a brain. It is not even the distribution of knowledge. It is the interconnectedness.”

Howard Bloom

Happy Friday! This is the last newsletter before I pack up my floppy travel hat and head out west for a big adventure with my family. I hope you’ve had a great week and enjoy a pleasant weekend. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: These “Lo Fi Beats” make a great background for working, studying or just relaxing in general

Last week’s most clicked item:
Interactive Periodic Table of Amazing Learning Experiences

Six Enablers of Emergent Learning

Sahana Chattopadhyay has previously written about designing organizations as interconnected communities to stay responsive and resilient here and here. Along those lines she shares some inherent conditions and practices that can help nurture and support emergent learning in organizations.

The Biggest Myth In Education 

Derek Muller (@veritasium) has a fantastic YouTube channel highlighting all kinds of cool science stuff. In this episode, he tackles the myth of learning styles. As Danieal WIllingham tweeted,this is  “Best video I’ve seen on learning style evidence.” Probably worth a bookmark so you can share it anytime you find people spouting of about learning style non-sense.  

Watch the video on YouTube

Poor Proxies for Learning. Powerful insights from Rob Coe

Rob Coe (@ProfCoe) is a great mind working in the field of educational research and he has contributed a number of valuable insights including his What Makes Great Teaching report and the Great Teaching Toolkit

How unconscious forces control our actions

Subliminal messaging and nudge psychology lead us to believe that we can be influenced without us realising, but just how powerful is our unconscious mind? Read this to learn more about how our unconscious processes, such as intuition, function in ways that automatically and rapidly synthesise a range of complex information

Learning Guild Authoring Tools Report

This Learning Guild research report explores the current state of eLearning authoring tools. Check out which tools are most popular, what features users value most, and how the pandemic has affected the market’s demand for synchronous tools.


Tools & Tips

  • transcribes your video recordings and allows everyone to search, edit, and share video as easily as text.
  • is an easy way to leave feedback on digital content.
  • lets you build a cool online resume using Google Sheets for free.
  • NoCodeCheatSheet is a simple, practical guide to help you navigate the #NoCode tools landscape.
  • Typedream helps you build a beautiful website using a simple interface.

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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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