Friday Finds — Science of Learning, Build Apps From a Drawing, Automate Your ID Work


“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.“

Alvin Toffler

Happy Friday! I’ve been thinking that I need to get back to some more “regular blog posts” and I’m not sure what topics I should try to tackle first. I could really use your help.

If I agreed to be your personal creator/coach for a month, what would you want me to help you with?

Just reply via email – I’d love to hear what you’d like help with.

Are you going to DevLearn? Drop me a note and let me know so we can connect in-person. Here is my conference schedule.

What I’m Listening to: Something about this song is so infectious. I don’t think any of the other songs on this playlist are quite as good, but Hello! this is the energy I’m feeling today.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)


Last week’s most clicked item:
Create interactive videos with Hippo Video


Eight Tasks for Your First 100 Days Learning an L&D Department

If you’re new to leading an L&D team Donald Taylor has 8 things you should do in your first 100 days including: Aim for a few actionable quick wins before launching your overall plan, Spread the word about who you are and what you are doing, and Keep up with your professional networks and carry on learning. Check the original post to peek in on the discussion around this topic.

Read more about tasks for new L&D leaders

Three Critical Steps To Learning

Chris Do discusses the three steps you need to follow in order to maximize the gain you’re getting from learning new skills and information.

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7 Books on the Science of Learning

How does the mind work? Why do the best writers get the most writer’s block? Is the process of evolution the key to understanding the development of thought? Here are some selections from Scott Young on these topics.

See the list of 7 books on Learning

Build Power Apps from a drawing & Power Automate Flows using natural language

Are you following the #NoCode movement? If you’re not, you should be. This video illustrates the direction things are heading. Build low code apps and processes easily with the latest updates to Microsoft’s Power Platform. Move quickly from ideation on paper, to automatic Power App creation with AI-assisted app development through Express design. Then tie those apps to business processes using natural language to generate automated workflows in Power Automate.

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Automate Your Instructional Design Work Using NoCode Tools

I spent some time with Brent, Chris and all my #IDIODC friends this week talking about #NoCode. Pop on over to learn how virtually anyone in any field in any role can benefit from knowing and applying these automation and development principles.

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  • Gamma lets you “write like a doc and present like a deck‍” – definitely one you should check out!
  • Journey is cool way to combine videos, slides, text and embeds from your favorite tools into a single experience
  • Uppbeat is a great free collection of music and sound effects for creators
  • FollowUpThen is a simple yet slick email reminder and personal follow-up assistant
  • Loudreader is the web’s only usable ebook reader inside a browser

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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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