Friday Finds: Best of 2021

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

These last two weeks of the year will be a bit of a review with this week’s “Best Of” edition and another year in review type next week. I hope 2021 has been happy and successful for you and the ones you care about. Merry everything and happy always!

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What I’m Listening to:  

If you’re reading this before Christmas is over (or if you just want to keep the vibe alive a little longer) this Jazzy Christmas playlist is the perfect backdrop for whatever you’re into today.


Most Clicked Newsletter Items of 2021

In every newsletter I include the link from the previous edition that was clicked the most. Today I’ve collected them all into a “Best of 2021” edition. There were a few that were clicked the most 2 weeks in a row and one that reigned for 3 consecutive weeks. I hope you enjoy this look back at the most clicked links in 2021.

*** I’ve indicated some of my personal favorites as well.


5 Behavioral Biases That Trip Up Remote Managers
https://hbr.org/2021/06/5-behavioral-biases-that-trip-up-remote-managers

Animation in eLearning: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks https://www.ispringsolutions.com/blog/animation-elearning

Five of the best workplace learning theories
https://emeraldworks.com/resources/blog/l-d-research/workplace-learning-theories 

Pre-Recorded Videos Prove More Effective for Student Learning Than In-Person Instruction
https://www.diverseeducation.com/covid-19/article/15108673/study-pre-recorded-videos-prove-more-effective-for-student-learning-than-in-person-instruction


*** 3-to-1 Model for Learning 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2021/10/04/move-over-70-20-10-rule-3-

Five of the best workplace learning theories  
https://emeraldworks.com/resources/blog/l-d-research/workplace-learning-theories

Pre-Recorded Videos Prove More Effective for Student Learning Than In-Person Instruction 
https://diverseeducation.com/article/2061AERADivC34/

How to Use Plain Language Guidelines to Improve Learning Outcomes 
https://scissortailcs.com/how-to-use-plain-language-to-improve-learning-outcomes/ 

Introducing “Interteaching” (Works Online Too!)  https://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/nAndrewWatsonTTBow-you-tell-me-where 

The 10 Essential Strategies for Deeper Learning  https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2021/05/09/deep-learning-strategies/ 

3 Questions Answered by an L&D Giant: Julie Dirksen https://3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com/2020/12/15/3-questions-answered-by-an-ld-giant-julie-dirksen/ 

Principles for Remote Instruction
https://teacherhead.com/2021/01/21/principles-for-remote-instruction-notes-fr 

Alternatives to Correct and Incorrect Feedback
https://theelearningcoach.com/elearning 

16 Reasons Why People Don’t Share Their Knowledge— And What to Do About It https://stangarfield.medium.com/16-reasons-why-people-dont-share-their-knowledge-and-what-to-do-about-it-97ae51aaccb5 

The Nuts & Bolts of Instructional Design: A Beginner’s Toolkit https://www.learningguild.com/publications/151/the-nuts-bolts-of-instructiona 

Interactive Periodic Table of Amazing Learning Experiences https://www.51elementsoflearning.com/

The Biggest Myth in Education-Learning Styles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhgwIhB58PA 

Evidence-Based Perspectives on Hot L &D Topics https://www.learningguild.com/insights/269/research-review-evidence-based-per 

How to Design an Online Course with a 96% Completion Rate  https://medium.com/behavior-design/how-to-design-an-online-course-with-a-96-com 

The Dangers of Virtual Workshops (And the Framework That Makes Them Exceptional) https://www.crema.us/blog/the-dangers-of-virtual-workshops-and-the-framework-that-makes-them-exceptional 

Making Learning Objectives Explicit
https://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/making-learning-objectives-explicit-a-skeptic-converted/


*** The Learning Tech Landscape
https://redthreadresearch.com/the-learning-tech-landscape-more-just-more-comple 

*** How automation can streamline the role of L &D professionals https://www.chieflearningofficer.com/2021/08/10/how-automation-can-streamline-the-role-of-ld-professionals/ 

*** The Ultimate Guide to Giving Virtual Presentations on Zoom https://bethekeynote.com/guides/virtual-presentations-on-zoom 

100 New Tech Tools & Tips
https://mike-taylor.org/2021/03/02/ld-toolbox-for-february-2021/ 

Everything You Need to Know to Create Quizzes With Microsoft Forms https://practicaledtech.com/2021/04/04/everything-you-need-to-know-to-create-quizzes-with-microsoft-forms/ 

Most Online Courses Are a Waste of Your Time — Here’s How You Know  https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/most-online-courses-are-a-waste-of-your-time-heres-how-you-know-6af5626e66d9 


*** The Better Deck Deck
https://www.nolanhaimscreative.com/shop/betterdeck 

Animation in eLearning: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks https://www.ispringsolutions.com/blog/animation-elearning 

Rockstar Resources for PowerPoint
https://mike-taylor.org/2021/01/26/rockstar-resources-for-powerpoint/ 

Bright Carbon’s PowerPoint Holiday Cards
https://www.brightcarbon.com/blog/powerpoint-christmas-cards/ 

BrightCarbon’s Color Tool for PowerPoint
https://www.brightcarbon.com/resources/color-tool-powerpoint/ 

Creating Paragraph Styles in PowerPoint
https://creativepro.com/creating-paragraph-styles-in-powerpoint/ 

How to Write Bullet Points People Actually Want to Read
https://copyblogger.com/writing-bullet-points/ 


Top Free Design Resources
https://www.stinsondesign.com/blog/top-free-resources 

How can you find time to design?
https://uxdesign.cc/how-can-you-find-time-to-design-cc9a4e3a2b5d 

5 Ways to Create Visual Hierarchy
https://bootcamp.uxdesign.cc/5-ways-to-establish-visual-hierarchy-54db8f783175 

Asynchronous Design Critique: Getting Feedback
https://alistapart.com/article/asynchronous-design-critique-giving-feedback-p 


*** What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says
https://jamesclear.com/ira-glass-failure 

5 Behavioral Biases That Trip Up Remote Managers
https://hbr.org/2021/06/5-behavioral-biases-that-trip-up-remote-managers

Remedies for the Distracted Mind
https://behavioralscientist.org/remedies-distracted-mind/ 

Difficult Conversation Simulator
https://openmindplatform.org/app-difficult-conversations/ 

Top 3 Ways to Discover Inspiring Content 
https://medium.com/swlh/top-3-ways-to-discover-inspiring-content-as-a-creator-4 

Fixing the Overload Problem at Work
https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/fixing-the-overload-problem-at-work/ 

Feeling Busy & Distracted? It’s Not Your Fault
https://maketime.blog/article/feeling-busy-and-distracted-its-not-your-fault/ 

The Day You Became A Better Writer
https://youtu.be/lDwm-UPILuw 


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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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