Friday Find Finds — Skills Reports, Async Training Program & Brain Sensory Signals

“Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.”

Austin Kleon

Happy Friday! I’m excited that I’ll be doing not one, but two full-day workshops this fall at DevLearn. I’ll be teaming up with Bianca Baumann to bring back our “Using the Marketing Playbook to Score Better L&D Results” workshop for one. And the second one will be “Breaking the Code Barrier: Making Your L&D Ideas Reality with NoCode Tools” with Mathias Vermeulen. Of course, I’m biased but I think they are both going to be great experiences.

Thanks for reading

What I’m Listening to:  I’m eagerly awaiting the next season of Ted Lasso and not only is it the best TV show ever, the music is pretty darn good too.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
The Complete Guide to Memory


Insights from five major reports on the skills obsession

It’s hard to find an organization these days that does not have a hard time finding or keeping good people with the right skills. People quitting, new roles needed and fewer applicants. That’s why, for the last year or two, the learniverse has become somewhat obsessed with skills-related topics; the skills gap, re- and upskilling, skills development, skills-based approaches, etc.

https://www.anewspring.com/insights-from-five-major-reports-on-the-skills-obsession/

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How do Learning Styles Affect Learning Predictions?

In spite of many cognitive psychologists’ efforts to dispel the myth, the learning styles theory is still popular in many educational circles. Yet again, the researchers found that catering to learning styles does not improve  learning, and can be harmful.

https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2022/5/12-1

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How the Brain Tells Apart Important and Unimportant Sensations

Recent research at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., has discovered that a small, largely ignored structure at the very bottom of the brain stem plays a critical role in the brain’s selection of sensory signals. The area is called the cuneate nucleus, or CN. This research on the CN changes the scientific understanding of sensory processing,

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-brain-tells-apart-important-and-unimportant-sensations

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How Buffer Offers Async Training To Their Fully-Distributed Team

Jump in and learn how Buffer took a chance to explore new asynchronous training ideas for their remote team. Learn what they did, how they encouraged participation and some of the lessons they learned..

https://buffer.com/resources/async-training-customer-advocacy-team/

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How to create impactful workshops (every single time)

Jan Keck says that there is a magical question that you HAVE TO answer before you start designing your workshops, meetings and experiences if you want them to be impactful. He shares his step-by-step process to get clear on the PURPOSE of your next gathering, which will make EVERY SINGLE DECISION in your experience design process easier.

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  • Spacers is a fun set of 3D illustrations
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  • Reasonable Colors is an open-source color system for building accessible, nice-looking color palettes.
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  • Quick Tools is an online suite of tools for converting documents, editing images and videos and more.
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  • Claap is a tool for async video collaboration for hybrid teams like video voicemail.

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Friday Finds — Learning Transfer, Working Memory, Portfolio Tips

The luckier you are the nicer you should be and the nicer you are the luckier you’ll be .

 Morgan Housel

Happy Friday! We’ve been getting a bit more practice looking for silver linings lately than we would like. It reminds me that you can always learn from any situation and to focus on the things you can control. Even in bad situations there are lessons to be gleaned if you are looking for them. I hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: This morning I’m really enjoying the music of Sara Kays, who I discovered when she opened for Alec Benjamin at a recent concert.

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Complete Guide to Memory

How does your memory work? How can you remember more? Prevent forgetting? These questions lie at the heart of anything you’ll ever learn, do or experience. Your memory impacts everything you do, from how well you’ll do in school, your career, life and even your sense of self and happiness. Scott Young has created a guide that combines everything we know scientifically about memory and distills that knowledge into practical advice.

The Complete Guide to Memory – Scott H Young


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How to Write Instructional Design Case Studies for Your Portfolio

One aspect of a portfolio that can make yours stand out is to provide the proper context for every work sample. You can achieve this by adding instructional design case studies to your portfolio. Case studies are an opportunity to add depth and insight to your demonstrated skills. In this article, I hope to clarify what a portfolio case study is and what to include in one.

https://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/how-to-write-instructional-design-case-studies-for-your-portfolio/


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Trends in Learning Technology

In this report, 2022 Trends in Learning Technology, Steve Foreman analyzes survey findings and seeks to understand the use of learning technologies, platforms, and the importance they have on the L&D industry. Learn more about the stack of technologies that enable learning and development (L&D) organizations to inform, teach, guide, and connect people.

https://www.learningguild.com/insights/index.cfm?id=281


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12 Barriers to Implementing Learning Transfer

The latest from Paul Matthews discusses the resident elephant in many rooms where a training program is under discussion and the 12 barriers to implementing learning transfer that he has identified.

https://peoplealchemy.com/blog/12-barriers-to-implementing-learning-transfer/


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How to Support Learning For A Brain That’s Becoming More Stupid Over Time

What does the fact that our brains do less b/c of technology mean for what we need to do to support people’s learning? How to support learning for a brain that’s becoming more stupid over time due to technology .

https://3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com/2022/05/09/how-to-support-learning-for-a-brain-thats-becoming-more-stupid-over-time/



Supademo automatically generates easily shareable how-tos in seconds.

EpubPress is a browser extension for turning your favorite web content into ebooks.

Heyday is a browser extension that helps your research work and automatically saves web pages you visit and pulls in content from your apps.

Marketing Plus by Zoho is a marketing tool for driving engagement with multiple touchpoints

How to collaborate on Gmail messages in Google Docs—and send the email straight from the doc.


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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | May 6, 2022

Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter.

Richard Feynman

Happy Friday! I’m still trying to process the absolute insanity of the latest news here in the U.S. It makes absolutely ZERO sense to me. This sentence from Ron Brownstein seems about right, and I live right in the middle of these two places.

“The fundamental divide in our politics today is between those voters and places most comfortable with the demographic and cultural changes remaking 21st-century America and those most hostile to them—what I’ve called the Democratic ‘coalition of transformation’ and the Republican ‘coalition of restoration.”

Thanks for reading!

What I’m listening to: I’ve shared a few good music finds that I discovered from my daughter here. Today I’m playing some classic 70’s rock which my son likes.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Remember Anything Forever-ish


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Working Memory: Make It Bigger or Use It Better?

Andrew Watson reminds us that working memory is VITAL for learning and we don’t have very much of it. While we can’t get any more or it, we can help learners use what they have more effectively.

https://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/working-memory-make-it-bigger-or-use-it-better/


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Effective Learning Strategies: The Science of Learning in Practice

For ages educators have experimented with different learning tools, techniques, and curricula with varying degrees of success. But how many of them are based on science with a robust body of research behind them? The “Science of Learning: Research Meets Practice.” by Alisa Cook and Ulrich Boser is an effort to get the science of learning into the hands of teaching professionals and highlights six research-based teaching practices.

https://www.the-learning-agency-lab.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Science-of-Learning_-Research-Meets-Practice.pdf


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How to build high impact learning faster using flipped curation

Flipped curation means learning designers can: Eliminate SME bottlenecks More time adding business context Less time developing content Build learning experiences faster .

https://learn.filtered.com/thoughts/how-to-build-high-impact-learning-experiences-faster-using-flipped-curation


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Brainstorming on Zoom Hampers Creativity

Recent research found that video calls reduce creative collaboration and the generation of novel ideas versus in-person meetings. Might be time to turn off the camera when trying to hash out new ideas.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/brainstorming-on-zoom-hampers-creativity/


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How to Get (Unfairly) Lucky in Life

Tim Denning shares some insights on being intentional and how that can help you become more lucky. Kind of reminds me of the saying that you find what you look for, so look for the good stuff!

How to Get (Unfairly) Lucky in Life | Tim Denning





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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | April 29, 2022

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Thorton Wilder

Happy Friday! I think the weather around here is broken. Does anyone know who I can talk to and let them know we shouldn’t be dealing with a wind chill factor at this time of year?! I’d really like to spend more time outside not getting rained on and freezing. We definitely don’t live here for the weather. Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to:  I’ve been giving Code Radio a test drive this week. It is internet radio designed to help you focus while you work.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
20 Googling Tricks 99% of People Don’t Know About


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The History of Cognitive Load

Multitasking is the enemy of a focused attentional system. Increasingly, we demand that our attentional system try to focus on several things at once, something that it was not evolved to do. I also liked the “ 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day And Finding Focus” that is linked to in there.

https://fs.blog/the-history-of-cognitive-overload/

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Most Popular Music For Focusing

Do you have a favorite playlist you turn to when you want to tune out the rest of the world? This is a look at the most popular music for focusing, according to Spotify data. The winning genres might surprise you. 

https://preply.com/en/blog/music-for-productivity-spotify-analysis/

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How to Remember Anything Foreverish

If you’re serious about becoming a better learner, reading this online comic is worth your time. Nicky Case uses learning science to explain spaced repetition, and how to apply it.

https://ncase.me/remember/

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Get To Work With 8 Productive Learning Strategies

This is a great resource from the 3 Star Learning Experiences blog on productive/generative learning learning that looks at eight learning strategies from Richard Mayer and Logan Fiorella’s book ‘Learning as a Generative Activity’. Each post explains a strategy, why it’s effective, how it can be applied in a learning context along with possible limitations.

https://3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com/2022/04/26/lets-get-to-work-with-productive-learning-strategies-all-in-one/

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Easiest Way to Host Elearning 

If you’ve ever Googled “how to upload my elearning course” this post is for you. Even if you’re a pro, you might want to check out how easy hosting content on the web can be with TiinyHost

https://mike-taylor.org/2022/04/27/tiiny-host-the-easiest-way-to-host-your-e-learning-course/ 

  • Sunday.fm is a site for listening to chill music
  • ClipChamp (owned by Microsoft) let you make free text-to-speech videos
  • Vysor puts your iOS or Android on your desktop.
  • Biyo is a nice, quick option for creating an online portfolio
  • Eagle is an option for organizing all your images & screenshots

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Tiiny Host – The Easiest Way To Host Your E-Learning Course

How to easily upload and share your e-learning course

You sit back in your chair, heave a sigh of satisfaction and crack your knuckles. It’s taken late nights and hours of dedicated work to craft an incredible e-learning course and you’re finally ready to release it to your audience. You decide to google “how to upload my e-learning course” while finishing your coffee, revelling in the knowledge that the hard work is finally done.

Only, now you’re bombarded with epically long instructional videos and articles on “how to share your e-learning course”. You stare in bewilderment at your screen, trying to unscramble the Amazon S3 hosting jargon.

Dazed and confused, you begin to realise that this is going to take significantly more time than you allowed for.

There has to be a better way.

The Problem With E-Learning Hosting

The current preferred hosting option for e-learning courses is Amazon S3. Now, the objective of this article isn’t to bash amazon S3, there are a lot of great features around Amazon Web Services. However, the hosting behemoth has a few distinct issues:

  1. Simplicity – This is not a strength of S3. In fact, some reviewers argue that it’s definitely not for non-developers.
  2. Scalability – The poor user interface (UI) not only means it could take you hours to host a single course, but also promises to be a nightmare when it comes to administering your content. That’s a significant drain on time.
  3. Analytics – Good luck squeezing any sense out of S3 user analytics to optimise your content and cater to your audience. The UI is clunky and doesn’t deliver key metrics like linger time and bounce rate.

The shortest video I could find on hosting a single piece of e-learning content with S3 is 17 minutes long!

Our equivalent video is 1 minute and 31 seconds, and that includes exporting your course from Articulate.

Just take a minute to let that sink in.

How To Upload And Share Your E-Learning Course With Tiiny Host


NOTE: This example uses an Articulate Rise course but Storyline and many other authoring tools have the option for publishing output to a .zip file as well.


Step 1: Export From Articulate

  1. Click “export” in the top right corner of your Articulate 360 screen.
Screenshot of a completed project in Articulate 360

2. Select “web” as your “export type” from the drop down menu.

3. Click “export” in the top right corner.

Screenshot of Articulate 360 export screen

4. Your E-learning course is now downloaded as an HTML Zip file.


Hint: Don’t worry if you exported your Articulate course as a PDF. The upload process is exactly the same. Just pick “PDF” instead of “HTML” on the Tiiny Host upload screen.


Step 2: Upload And Share Your E-Learning Course With Tiiny Host

  1. Head over to Tiiny.Host and you’ll see this screen:
Screenshot of Tiiny Host homepage

2. Now drag and drop your zip file you exported from Articulate into the area titled “drag and drop zip or single file here”.

Screenshot of Tiiny Host drag and drop upload screen

3. Type in whatever name you want to appear as your URL for your course and a valid email address.

Close up screenshot of the Tiiny Host upload screen after you've dragged and dropped your file across

4. Click “Upload” and you’ll see this screen:

Screenshot of the Tiiny Host success message after you've successfully uploaded your file

4. Verify your email address and your site is now live!

Tip: You may see a pop-up asking you to choose a HTML file to use as your homepage. This happens if you have multiple pages in your course.

And voila! Easily host your e-learning course in 5 simple steps!

What if my course won’t upload?

Tiiny Host free accounts allow you to upload files up to 3mb in size and enables 2 game-changing efficiencies for e-learning course creators:

  1. Simplicity – By simplifying the hosting process Tiiny Host removes the barriers to entry for less technical e-learning course creators.
  2. Scalable – This simplified process enables e-learning course creators to leverage economies of scale benefits.

Don’t worry if your file size is greater than 3mb, just sign up for a “Solo” or “Pro” account and you unlock even more potential with the following features:

  1. Custom Domains – Host all of your courses through your own custom domain name as opposed to a random URL. This is crucial if you intend to magnify your scope and build an E-Learning brand.
  2. Password Protection – Easily control audience access to your courses by toggling password protection on and off with a single click.
  3. Global Audience – Serve your clients fast, wherever they are. We include a content delivery network which ensures blisteringly fast loading speeds.
  4. Additional Users – Need to add a team member to administer your courses? No problem, easily scale at minimal cost by adding extra users to your existing account.

E-Learning Hosting. Simplified.

E-learning course creators shouldn’t have to wrestle with hosting platforms to upload and share their courses. WIth Tiiny Host you can focus all of your attention on growing and serving your audience.

Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | April 22, 2022

“Our memory is at best a photograph that is constantly being Photoshopped by our brain without our permission or awareness.” 

Blindsight

Happy Friday! It was back to the real world this week with a bit of an adventure getting home. We wound up flying to Dayton and driving the rest of the way home. I’m just grateful our travel challenges happened on the way home and not on the way out! 

Thanks for reading

What I’m Listening to:  It’s a foggy morning which calls for this chilled out lo-fi Crate Digger playlist.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
21 Questions to ask before Designing Any Training Program


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See-Do-Feedback: The Right Way To Practice

This post by Scott Young says that good practice has three components: 

  1. See. Look for an example of how to solve a problem.
  2. Do. Solve the problem yourself.
  3. Feedback. Check whether you got the right answer.

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2022/04/21/see-do-feedback/

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In Praise of Memorization

Memorization means intentionally learning something so that you remember it with muscle memory; that is, you know the information without needing to look it up. Knowledge is at our fingertips and we can look anything up, but it’s knowing what knowledge is available and how to integrate it into our existing knowledge base that’s important.

http://www.pearlleff.com/in-praise-of-memorization 

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Expert secrets to building pro-level PowerPoint templates

Think you know about PowerPoint templates? You might be surprised. Learn some top template tips from this post, based on the excellent book by Julie Terberg and Echo Swinford “Building PowerPoint Templates

https://bootcamp.uxdesign.cc/expert-secrets-to-building-pro-level-powerpoint-templates-c50140f5027b

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Understanding How Prior Knowledge Influences Memory in Older Adults

Learning is a virtuous circle. The more you learn, the more you can remember. Previously-stored knowledge functions as a framework in which newly learned information can be linked.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/44290143

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20 Googling Tricks 99% of People Don’t Know About

We can all benefit from being better searchers. Here are some useful tips to help double your search outputs using half the time and energy. How many of these are new to you?

https://medium.com/better-humans/20-googling-tricks-99-of-people-dont-know-about-465ba0477bec

  • Tiiny Host is a fast and easy way to get your elearning courses & other content on the web.
  • Beautiful.ai just came out with a nice free #PowerPoint add-in to help build better slides faster
  • TabExtend is a browser add-in that lets you manage tabs, notes, and to-dos
  • Dupple is a free community platform for discussions, events, feedbacks
  • Create a portfolio site in just a few clicks with devfolio

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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | April 15, 2022

“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.”

Wayne Dyer

Happy Friday! We’ve had an amazing week in Maui and I’m very sad that we’ve got to head home tonight. I am not sad about the lifetime memories we’ve made including our super fun surfing lessons. I may be biased, but I think it was pretty impressive for a bunch of land locked Ohioans! If I ever disappear, the first place to start looking is Kamaole Beach

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Another great recommendation from my daughter that might be my favorite one yet. The Wallows – so good! 

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Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Get Lucky


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I sat down to assemble the “Top Insights” section of this week’s newsletter just as the beach started to call me. So this week, I’m sharing the top 5 most read posts from my website this year and I’ll get back to the regular curated content when I’m back home next week. Mahalo! 

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Better Than Bullet Points

See how easy it is to get rid of boring text bullet points and replace them with a better, more visually appealing option. Free download available too. 

https://mike-taylor.org/2018/06/12/better-than-bullet-points-alternative-text-slide-designs/

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How I Create My Weekly Newsletter (and personal curation tips you should steal)

Even if you don’t want to send a newsletter, there is lots of good info in here about how to more effectively keep up with whatever topics you want to stay informed about. 

https://mike-taylor.org/2022/03/01/how-i-create-my-weekly-newsletter-and-personal-curation-tips-you-should-steal/

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21 Questions to ask before Designing Any Training Program

Performance problems can be caused by a myriad of thing.  Unfortunately many managers and organizations assume that poor performance is directly linked to a lack of skill or knowledge which can be solved by training. These 21 questions can help you to pinpoint the true cause of a performance problem and also help with the design process by determining what training truly needs to be created.  

https://mike-taylor.org/2011/06/10/21-questions-to-ask-before-designing-any-training-program/

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Rockstar Resources for PowerPoint

The way most people use PowerPoint is broken. Unfortunately, the PowerPoint interface guides people towards creating slides that contradict current research in cognitive science. To be effective communicators and teachers, we must change our slide design approach to align with proven principles that are compatible with how people learn. If you’d like to upgrade your skills and knowledge, this post is a roundup of the best people, tools and resources you should know. 

https://mike-taylor.org/2021/01/26/rockstar-resources-for-powerpoint/

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The Secret to Working with Vector Graphics in PowerPoint

Many people don’t realize that PowerPoint can be a suitable option for working with vector graphics which allow you to break images apart, recolor and adapt them specifically for your needs. Get the scoop here. 

https://mike-taylor.org/2017/06/09/the-secret-to-working-with-vector-graphics-in-powerpoint/

 

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  • Waaard creates links only the people you want to can open
  • Snipd helps you highlight and discover podcast moments
  • PostSheet makes it super easy to send personalized emails & text messages using Google Sheets or Airtable. It supports a huge number of integrations.
  • Eesel is a way to find any doc, create new ones, and follow projects from your browser’s new tab 

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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | April 8, 2022

“Sometimes I compare play to oxygen – it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.”

Dr. Stuart Brown

Happy Friday! If everything goes according to plan (fingers crossed) by the time this hits your inbox, we’ll be on an airplane heading out for our spring break trip in search of warm, sunny weather. I hope the sun is shining on you this weekend wherever you are.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: I’m a product of the 80s and love remixes, which is why I’ve been grooving to this Best of the 80s Remixed playlist all week! 

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Short and Sweet: The Educational Benefits of Microlectures and Active Learning


You Really Outta Wanna Read This Book

Guy Wallace shared his recommendation for Mager and Pipe’s “must read” book “Analyzing Performance Problems”.  In addition to being an amazingly helpful book with a famous flowchart, it has got to be one of the all-time best subtitles for any book – “Or, You Really Oughta Wanna–How to Figure out Why People Aren’t Doing What They Should Be, and What to do About It”. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you’re doing and go find a copy!

https://hpttreasures.wordpress.com/2022/04/04/you-simply-must-read-this-book-imho/

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Feedback Is A Gift

“When someone gives you feedback, they’re doing you a favor. ..even if you’re upset to hear it & even if you think they’re wrong…they’re giving you the gift of information you didn’t have before.” I admit that sometimes hearing certain things isn’t easy but I’m trying to get better at seeing it as a gift. 

https://alexturek.com/2022-03-18-How-to-criticize-coworkers/

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How to Get Lucky

Much of what we come to call “luck” is actually the macro result of 1,000s of micro actions. Your daily habits put you in a position where “luck” is more likely to strike. Sahil Bloom shares 20 ways to expand your luck surface area

https://sahilbloom.substack.com/p/how-to-get-lucky

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How To Best Use Twitter

Lots of practical advice in this detailed guide to using Twitter well. Twitter’s strength lies in its customizability. There’s tons of knobs you can turn, and no one’s Twitter need be like anyone else’s Twitter

https://thezvi.wordpress.com/2022/03/07/how-to-best-use-twitter/

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Understanding NoCode: 12 No-Code Blogs, Guides, & Podcasts

Are you a #nocode newbie? Have heard of no-code, but you’re unsure what it means? Maybe you’ve never even heard the term no-code before. If so, here are some great resources to get started. 

https://www.formstack.com/resources/blog-no-code-resources

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  • Pitch is an online presentation tool I’ve been test driving. I’m liking their new analytics features
  • Pigeon gives you CRM, Mail Merge, and Automations right within Gmail.
  • Text to Map is a slick site that does just want it says – give it some text and you’ll get a map. 
  • Bardeen is an automation app to replace your repetitive tasks with a single shortcut and control your web apps from anywhere.
  • Try InstaCap to collaborate on annotated screen captures instantly

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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | April 1, 2022

“Sometimes I compare play to oxygen – it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.” Dr. Stuart Brown

Happy Friday! Even though today is April 1st you’re not gonna find any foolish shenanigans around here. Hopefully you don’t fall prey to any April Fool’s jokes. But if you do, I hope the only outcome is a good-hearted laugh. And if you have any really good April Fools stories, send them my way. 😎

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  As a result of last week’s music suggestion from my daughter, I’ve gone down a deep rabbit hole of goodness and found good new one – Middle School.

Middle School Radio

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Pedagogy vs. Andragogy: What’s the Difference?


Short and Sweet: The Educational Benefits of Microlectures and Active Learning

The combination of short videos and the techniques of active learning can create rich, engaging educational experiences to maximize learning. Empirical studies have shown that active learning approaches, such as combining pause points with interactive quizzes, tasks requiring written responses, or note taking, can improve learning performance.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2022/2/short-and-sweet-the-educational-benefits-of-microlectures-and-active-learning

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How to make a presentation make a point

When you present, your goal is to: Make a point, Make people care about your point and ask for something. In this post, Mark Pollard shares insights that focus on your point – how to get to it, how to structure it, and how to design it. For starters, you should aim for story rainbows, not information monsters

https://www.markpollard.net/how-to-make-a-presentation-make-a-point/

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Generalist vs. Specialist: Choosing a Path for Career Success

Have you ever wondered if you should be more of a generalist or a specialist? David Epstein, bestselling author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World shares his research and insights on why generalists have the advantage over specialists in today’s workplace.

https://www.ideou.com/blogs/inspiration/generalist-vs-specialist-choosing-a-path-for-career-success

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Failing On Our Way To Mastery | Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the author of 20 bestselling books, founder of altMBA, the Akimbo podcast and runs one of the most popular blogs in the world. Seth chats with Shane Parrish of the Knowledge Project about creative work, fear, shame, trusting yourself, what it means to be a professional, how to become an observer of reality, emotional labor, how we learn and so much more.

Watch video

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Using Email Marketing Tools for Learning Campaigns

Imagine writing a set of emails just once that is sent to different people at different times when they need it most. Among the most powerful and useful features of email marketing tools is email automation. You only have to set it up once, and it runs on its own. After that, you are able to send triggered emails without lifting a finger. It sounds complicated, but it is actually quite simple to set up.

https://mike-taylor.org/2022/03/29/using-email-marketing-tools-for-learning-campaigns%ef%bf%bc%ef%bf%bc/

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  • Vowel combines video conferencing, live meeting transcription, instant recordings, and collaborative agendas + notes — all in one place.
  • EdApp’s Brain Boost helps learners retain new information for longer with automated, personalized follow-up quizzes 
  • TinyWow is a big collection of free online tools for common online tasks
  • Virtual Sapiens Sidekick is an interesting tool that provides in-call nudges to help you stay present and looking your most professional in video meetings. 
  • FetchRSS lets you generate RSS from almost any site. No feed? No problem!

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Using Email Marketing Tools for Learning Campaigns

Imagine writing a set of emails just once that is sent to different people at different times when they need it most.

Despite all the hype for social networks and messaging apps, there’s only one online platform that everyone uses: email. You can send an email using any email service or application, and you’ll know it will reach the recipient. That makes email a great place to share your learning messages so they’ll be seen. 

Among the most powerful and useful features of email marketing tools is email automation. You only have to set it up once, and it runs on its own. After that, you are able to send triggered emails without lifting a finger. It sounds complicated, but it is actually quite simple to set up.

Email automation involves sending emails automatically, without the sender having to do anything. There are a variety of “triggers” that cause the emails to be sent, such as something the subscriber does (a behavioral trigger) or a certain date or time frame (a time-sensitive trigger). You can use automated processes like these to send targeted emails at just the right moment..

Instead of manually sending an email to everyone who signs up for your learning program, you could set up a trigger so that every time a new participant registers, a welcome email is sent automatically.

You write the email once, but it continues to work hard and reach all your subscribers exactly when they need it.

  • You can send more personalized emails: In addition to taking the manual work off your plate, automated emails allow you to personalize your messages in a timely and relevant manner.
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  • Automated emails are opened more often: According to Epsilon, these types of triggered emails get 199% higher click-through rates than mass emails.
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If you’re not familiar with email marketing tools and what they can do, Zapier’s Ultimate Guide to Email Marketing is a nice place to get a good foundational understanding.

MailerLite

I recommend MailerLite as an email marketing tool to anyone who is just getting started.  MailerLite makes it easy for you to automate your emails in the same way that huge companies like Amazon and many others personalize their emails to reach their customers.

Here are just a few examples of what you can do with email marketing tools like MailerLite:

Automate Welcome Emails

The first email automation you should consider is a welcome response for a new subscriber (check out these welcome email examples for inspiration)!

An automated email message is the best way to acknowledge someone who signed up for content, make a positive first impression, and extend engagement by offering additional value.

Welcome emails can dramatically improve engagement metrics if they’re done right. Just remember—first-time impressions are powerful, so be thoughtful about what you want to say.

Automate an onboarding sequence

You can create automated sequences in which multiple emails are sent sequentially. A series of triggered emails allows you to break up your messaging and feed people information in a way that is timely and based on their actions.

Example: Onboarding Sequence

Step 1 – A new subscriber receives a welcome email.

Step 2 – Two days later an email is automatically sent with a product tour video.

Step 3A – If the subscriber watches the video, they receive an email one week later with a coupon.

Step 3B – If they don’t watch the video, they receive a different email sequence to re-engage them.

Whenever a new subscriber (or learner) is added, these sequences are automatically sent on whatever cadence you specify. If you find that part of a sequence is not effective, it’s easy to change specific parts without having to build a new sequence.

Automate educational content/online courses:

The great thing about online courses is that you make them once, and then people can sign up whenever they want. Your work is done!

When someone signs up for your course, an automated workflow can deliver the content at the right times. You can be the teacher at any given time and date! Your emails  will be sent out automatically.

Click here for a detailed workflow example for an online course automation with all the steps.

Automation Examples Gallery

Automated emails guide your audience during every step of their journey—from the moment they get to know you until the conversion and beyond. Whether it’s just one person or thousands, you can easily engage with each individual subscriber.

https://www.mailerlite.com/automation-examples

Here are a few resources from a Learning Guild session I did on using MailerLite for learning.

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Sign Up for Free Example Email Course

https://www.subscribepage.com/s7a1r6

These are some resources that can help you get a head start on using email for learning campaigns:


Getting Started

If you’re just getting started these tools will help you get some traction without requiring a big investment or conquering a steep learning curve:

MailerLite

Full feature set including autoresponders for drip campaigns for up to 1,000 subscribers for free and a great email editor for creating great-looking emails. http://mailerlite.com

Getting Started Guide
Your go-to guide for how to set up and get the most out of every MailerLite feature.
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Tutorial Videos
Gallery of video tutorials make it easy to learn everything you need to know about using MailerLite
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Contact Monkey

Contact Monkey is a nice option that works well within corporate Outlook environments. http://contactmonkey.com

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BEEFree

This is a free drag & drop tool for creating beautiful emails fast.
http://beefree.io

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to reply and let me know.

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