Friday Finds — Connectivity & Decentralization, Valid Tests, Video & Image Tips

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

Albert Einstein

Happy Friday! We’re on day 8 of our 10 softball-palooza and very much looking for a little R&R and adding an extra day to our weekend for the July 4 holiday. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Today I’m tuning in to an old favorite, Oilix.

Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Turn Complex Topics Into Content Your Audience Will Understand

Connectivity and Decentralization

John Hagel on how essential learning is in our rapidly changing world. This isn’t about learning in the form of sharing existing knowledge which is the focus of most learning today. Existing knowledge is becoming obsolete at an accelerating rate. The learning we all need to pursue is learning in the form of creating new knowledge and that is best pursued by coming together with others and learning through action, not just conversation. Decentralization will create enormous opportunities for value creation and will disrupt many of our large, centralized institutions around the world.


Are Your Online Tests Valid?

In an effort to make your tests better measures of meaningful learning, consider the two criteria of effective tests: validity and reliability. This article explains test validity. Next, Connie Malamed recommends reading Are your online tests reliable?


Coffee Enhances Neurocognitive Function

A study published in Scientific Reports suggests that coffee has beneficial effects on cognitive function, and it may do this by reorganizing brain functional connectivity. So go grab a cuppa to enjoy while you’re reading this one.


Video & Image Tips from Top Creators

This is a fun hour on top tips for creating videos and images with Matt Pierce of TechSmith. If you’re not already following Matt and the Tech Lounge series, be sure to subscribe while you’re there!


The ONE Thing You Can Do To Increase Retention Today

Retention rate varies by industry. Maintaining retention has been a problem and there are a lot of variables that cause it to decrease. In this video, Chad Littlefield shares one thing you can do to increase retention today.

Watch Video

  • Create dashboards from Google Sheets in minutes with Unsheetly
  • Try Vocally for AI-powered text-to-speech voiceovers
  • Runereader lets you read, highlight & share your favorite newsletters from one dedicated space
  • is an all-in-one solution to edit, convert, compress and share media files on the go
  • Dopely Colors is great way to create, manage, and explore amazing color palettes, gradients, and color-types!
  • DevLearn (October 24-28) – I’m doing two pre-conference workshops this year!


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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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