Friday Finds — Curated Consumption, Learning Pathways, Behavior Triggers

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“One sign that determination matters more than talent: there are lots of talented people who never achieve anything, but not that many determined people who don’t.”

— Paul Graham

Wow, I can’t believe it! Eduflow has included me on their list of top 100 learning influencers. I have no idea how I managed to wrangle my way in amongst all those brilliant minds but maybe they mistook me for someone who knows what they’re doing and I’ll just go along with it. 😂

But in all seriousness, I am truly honored to be recognized alongside such inspiring people who are dedicated to spreading the love of learning and empowering others.

So, here’s to all of us and our continued journey towards empowering others through learning!

As always, thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To:

Yet another totally new discovery for me this week that I’m loving. Check out this DOUBLECAMP Radio playlist and let me know if you like it as much as I do?

Last Week’s Most Clicked:

Insider Secrets for Discovering the Best New Apps and Tools

📰 News & Notes

Curated Consumption:
A Saner Approach to Online Media

“Curated Consumption” is all about being a savvy, selective connoisseur of the information and media you let into your life. Think of it as a digital detox, with a dash of sophistication.

Well all know that feeling of negativity and distraction that can sneak up on us faster than you can say “social media meltdown”. But by taking charge of what you watch, read, and listen to, you can transform your digital diet into a gourmet feast of positivity and growth.

Scott Young shares a few tips to get you started: be intentional, be picky, and don’t be afraid to unfollow the noise. Trust me, you’ll feel the difference in no time.

In short, it’s time to elevate your consumption habits and make every click, scroll, and tap count. Cheers to a happier, more fulfilled digital life!

I’ve curated 100 pathways. Here’s what I’ve learned

Jevian Fernandez, a seasoned playlist curator, has uncovered three essential tips for creating learning pathways that pack a punch. 

The first trick is to provide more context when defining skills. This helps learners understand the relevance and importance of what they are learning. The second is to refine skills through the learner’s perspective, ensuring that the content is tailored to their unique needs and goals. And finally, the third tip is to treat the playlist like a five-course meal, building it with a deliberate flow and balance of content that will keep learners fully engaged.

Conditions that trigger behavior change

In this article, Paul Matthews provides insight into the conditions that drive behavior change. Achieving lasting change requires a certain level of understanding, which is what he aims to impart.

To trigger behavior change, it’s crucial to establish the right conditions. This involves comprehending what motivates individuals, what makes them feel at ease, and what nudges them towards the desired outcome. The conditions driving behavior change can be nurtured through a combination of personal motivation, support, and the right environment, making the process less mysterious.

A model for the learning process. And why it helps to have one

Having a clear understanding of how people learn is crucial for creating effective and engaging training programs. This model breaks down the learning process into four distinct stages: input, processing, output, and reflection. By approaching learning through this lens, you can design training programs that truly meet the needs and abilities of your learners. So dive in and see why having a model for the learning process can be a game-changer.

How to Create an AI Generated Video with ChatGPT, Synthesia, and Descript

Heard a lot about AI lately but don’t know what it looks like to put it into practice? This example from Wistia has got you covered! They’ll take you from generating a script, to audio/video and a final video result.

Check out how fast and easy it is to add some AI flair to your video production work.

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🎧 Podcasts

The Future of Online Learning Platforms with Chad Udell

Chad Udell of SparkLearn drops knowledge bombs in this eLearning Magazine podcast episode, providing insights and practical advice for eLearning professionals. Get ready to ignite your learning spark and discover ways to make your eLearning programs truly sparkle.

How to Get Started with Data-Driven Learning Design

This episode dives into the world of data-driven learning design with Lori Niles-Hofmann. Lori show us how to harness the rich data set that exists about our audience, and use it to inform our design from the get-go. Listen in and learn how to get started with data-driven design.

No Budget,
No Problem

Why break the bank when you can break the rules and still get the job done? That’s the motto of the ‘No Budget, No Problem’ podcast episode, where the guests prove that with a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can still achieve great things without deep pockets.

🧰 Tech, Tools & Tips

If tools are your jam, check out my new WorkSmarter newsletter

SVG Repot

Search, explore and edit a big collection of SVG vectors and icons free for commercial use.

Text Drip

This free tool lets you automatically send SMS drip campaigns.

DeepL Writes

Similar to Grammarly, this tool is an AI-powered writing companion to help you with your writing.

Sky Bucket

SkyBucket is a website that helps you keep track of all the cool things you want to do or save online.

🧳 Where’s Mike?

Expert Webinar:
The Dos and Don’ts of Retail Associate Training

Retail employee training is often a hit-and-miss initiative. It’s helpful to know what awaits you on this journey and how to avoid potential pitfalls. To make it succeed and achieve improved customer service, employee retention, and cost efficiency, join iSpring’s free webinar with L&D expert and CEO of MOHR Retail, Mary Beth Garcia.

Friday Finds is an independent publication that I produce in my free-time. You can support my work by sharing it with the world, booking an advertising spot, or by buying me a coffee.

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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