Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 10, 2021

“The only thing you need to feel extremely smart is a lack of curiosity. The perpetually curious will always think they’re dumb.”

Stuart McMillan

Happy Friday! (Also known as Ted Lasso day – when a new episode drops) This week has been beautiful and I’m looking forward to spending some in-person time with my work colleagues this afternoon. We’ll be hanging outside and making the most of sharing a physical space, which has become a rare thing in recent years.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: I’m a big Ted Lasso fan and in last week’s episode Roy Kent plays his “Roy is sorry for not understanding his girlfriend” playlist  (I know I’ll need this numerous times in the future. I just hope it works as well as it did in the show!) 

Last week’s most clicked item:
Top Tools for Learning 2021

Novice vs Expert Design Strategies

Common sense tells us that we should design differently for novices than for experts. What might not be as obvious, is that learning experiences designed for the novice can potentially have negative effects when used on experts. Connie Malamed takes a look at a phenomenon known as the expertise reversal effect.

Fixing the Overload Problem at Work

Companies keep burning out their employees — and promoting ‘balance’ doesn’t help. Mark Britz recently shared this article looking at how work redesign offers a better solution. This is an interesting peek at a successful work redesign initiative named STAR — an acronym for Support, Transform, Achieve Results

Applying & Infusing Behavioral Science

Grab your copy of this free digital book on applying Behavioral Science. It has a a consistent focus on the practitioner and some very practical advice to help aspiring “Behavioral Science champions” increase their impact within organizations.

Will Education Be Pointless in 30 Years?

The current education system does not encourage learning of the valuable skills of learning to learn, combining skills creatively and adapting to change. Yet these are a polymath’s greatest assets. Every evolution of the system has always neglected that, and truthfully, it’s a hard thing to do through evolution.

Six Years With a Distraction-Free iPhone

This article about being intentional about what you do on your phone resonates with me quite a bit. This weekend I’ll be following the advice in this article to see if I can cut some of the mindless time I spend on my phone. What about you? Do you have any good tips for preventing your phone from being a distraction?


Tools & Tips

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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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