Friday Finds — Evidence-based Training Lessons, Signal vs Noise, Persuasive Copywriting

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“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets”

Leonardo da Vinci

Happy Friday! We had a lovely evening last night celebrating our neighbor’s wedding. It was the first event like that I’ve been to in years and it reminds me how important it is to be able to celebrate life’s milestones with good people in your community. Thank you for being part of my online community and celebrating together in our own small way every Friday morning.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to:  I caught this Herb Alpert song on the radio recently which lead me to this very lovely Herb Alpert Radio playlist that I’m enjoying today.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

Last week’s most clicked item:
20 Things To Remember About Forgetting

Evidence-Based Training: Lessons Learned in 25 Years

In this ISPI Live recording you will get a bird’s eye view from Ruth Clark of how evidence-based research methods have evolved since her book “e-Learning and the Science of Instruction” first came out 25 years ago and what they have revealed.     

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The Difference Between Gamification & Incentivization

People don’t tend to do learning challenges (or anything really) for fictitious rewards.This article examines the differences between what makes games fun and what we think makes them fun along with some techniques you can use to make your edTech and eLearning more enjoyable.


Evaluating Information: Find the Signal in the Noise

We are drowning in information. Most of that information is irrelevant. If only we could sort what matters from what doesn’t.The good news is that you can train your brain to evaluate the quality of information with Richard Feynman’s 7 “Tricks” for Evaluating Information


10 Copywriting Tips Based On Persuasion Science

How can you write persuasive sentences? Here are some clever techniques from Nick Kolenda that can optimize your copywriting. Grab a copy of the PDF guide for safe keeping. 

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The Benefits of Pre-Questioning Before Short Video

Giving learners a list of questions to consider before showing them a short video can enhance their subsequent memory of the topic, but only if they actually answered the questions during the video.


  • Slidddo is a nice collection of presentation designs you can use as a swipe file for your slide ideas
  • DocFly is an online pdf editor
  • Get Acquainted lets you make free chatbot polls fast
  • ScreenPal lets you record & share video in any online text box
  • Freebies by People is a professionally curated selection of commercial use resources and tools for designers and developers.


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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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