Friday Finds — 85% Rule for Learning, Non-Traditional Learning, Smart Brevity

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s been a beautiful week around here as we head towards some R&R on Michigan’s beautiful beaches next week and a few visits to some college campuses along the way. I hope you’re getting some time for rest and relaxation wherever you are. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening To: Gwyn Wansbrough shared this playlist in her newsletter recently to use as intro music for online meetings and webinars. It’s good for working along with today too!

The 85% Rule for Learning

If you’re always successful, it’s hard to know what to improve. If you constantly fail, you won’t learn what works. Only when we have a mixture of success and failure can we draw a contrast between good and bad strategies. Learning, it seems, is optimized for both humans and machines when we succeed around 85% of the time.


How to Make the Case for Non-Traditional Learning Solutions

Nicole Papaioannou Lugara had a couple of great posts this week. This one has advice about pitching non-traditional learning solutions. While you’re there, be sure to check out Doubling Down on Knowledge Sharing Over Training too!


Smart Brevity®

You may know Axios from their news operations. They have spent years digging into data, science and consumer trends and saw most folks are: Overwhelmed, Under-informed, Frustrated and tight on time. Then they built a format to fix that. The result is Smart Brevity -clearer updates, happier readers. Something we all need more than ever!


Why Filters Are Important for Knowledge Development

The expectation that we can process 100% of the material from one stage to the next is flawed. We need to adopt the mindset of filtering, not funnelling. Jeffrey Webber says, “It’s time to shift from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance; stop trying to process every idea completely out of fear of losing it.”


Tips L&D in 2022

Jeffrey Dalto asked learning and development experts from around the world a single, two-part question: “What is something you feel people in L&D might sometimes be able
to improve on, and what tip(s) can you offer to assist with that improvement?” This is all 40 of their answers. Don’t miss it!

  • Quicktools is a collection of online tools to design, edit, and convert your digital creations
  • Openillux is a curated list of collections of the awesome free illustrations from around the web
  • Auxi is billed as the “smartest PowerPoint add-in” which has some pretty cool looking AI features
  • Flux Forms is a #NoCode form builder for collecting data
  • Meetmonic is a way to create custom, sharable URL’s for your online meetings.

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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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