Friday Finds — Memory, Pain Points, 10 Book Rule

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“If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.”

— Tryon Edwards

Hey there, friends! I hope you’re all doing well and feeling good! I, myself, just got over a never-ending cold, and let me tell you, it’s so nice to be back to my usual self again. There’s been lots of buzz and discussion about Open AI’s ChatGPT. I’m curious to hear how you’ve used it and what is working for you with it so far? Reply and let me know!

As always, thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: My daughter has once again struck gold and introduced me to some  great new music by The Neighborhood that’s been the perfect background sounds for my workweek.


Last Week’s Most Clicked:

Workplace Learning: Past, Present & Future


📰 News & Notes

Why do we remember what we remember?

As instructional designers, understanding the science of memory is vital to creating effective and engaging learning experiences. One of the key principles discussed in this article is the role of emotions in making something memorable.

According to the article, incorporating elements such as vivid imagery and repetition can also enhance memorability. However, it’s important to keep in mind that memory is not always perfect and can be influenced by external factors, as discussed in the article.


The 10 Book Rule for Smarter Thinking

According to productivity expert (& newsletter regular) Scott Young, the “Ten Book Rule” can help individuals become experts in their field. By reading ten books on a specific topic, individuals can improve their thinking and broaden their perspective. Additionally, reading can also help improve writing and communication skills. Young encourages people to read more books and specifically to read ten books on a specific topic to gain a deeper understanding and improve their thinking.

10 Easy Ways to Turn Audience Pain Points into Content

Pain is a powerful force, and tapping into your audience’s pain is one of the most powerful ways to connect with them.

Get your audience’s attention by understanding their pain points and turning them into your marketing content. Conduct research, and tailor your content to address the issues that matter to your audience and make them relatable, you’ll connect with your target audience and increase engagement. It’s a win-win situation!

Product Hunt:
Golden Kitty Awards 2022

Over the past few weeks, the Product Hunt community has been working together to identify the top products from last year in each of 24 different categories. The voting is now complete and if you look closely, you might recognize some that have been in this newsletter.

Research Review: L&D Evidence-Based Practices for 2023

In this research report from the Learning Guild, “Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices for 2023”, Jane Bozarth reviews 14 articles that can provide practitioners with data and ideas in design, technology, negotiation and more!


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🎧 Podcasts

Rick Rubin: Creativity as a way of being

In this episode of the Rich Roll podcast, legendary producer Rick Rubin discusses the importance of discipline, patience, and meditation in the creative process and how it can help increase the chances of recognizing opportunities.

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Pivot to Performance with Mirjam Neelen

Mirjam Neelen talks about her approach to performance, analysis, design, and stakeholder management. Key takeaways include: involving stakeholders from the beginning, using probing questions to identify business problems, focusing on solving the problem, and asking stakeholders to create examples for training.

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Reject the Doom & Gloom: L&D Is Getting Better

Ross and the gang discuss the state of the profession of Learning and Development. They reflect on the last twelve months and share early insights from the Learning Performance Benchmark. They discuss what these insights mean for L&D practitioners and how they can use this information to make plans for the year ahead.

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Expert Webinar: Making the Leap from Educator to Instructional Designer

Many educators are thinking about transitioning to the world of Instructional Design. And no wonder: educators have tons of skills that make them great candidates for this type of role. But leaving your teaching career to become an instructional designer can be an enormous challenge.

Holly Owens, Instructional Designer at Amazon Pharmacy and Adjunct Professor at Touro University, has a lot to say about it. Join the upcoming webinar that she’ll lead and learn 7 tips to transition to ID more effectively, without avoidable mistakes.

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Friday Finds — NoCode Websites, AI Content, Slow Data

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“Almost everything will work again if you unplug
it for some time, including you.”
— Anne Lamott

Happy Friday! I had the honor of kicking off the new year with our local ATD chapter on Wednesday at the beautiful Dublin library. It was so energizing to see so many old friends and make some new new ones. I tried to give what I think are the most important things an L&D pro should know in the constraints of an hour. Take a look and let me know how you think I did. What did I miss that you think I should’ve included? 

(I was also test driving Canva presentations and I think I might be starting to prefer it over PowerPoint.)

As always, thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: Another discovery shared with me by Karl Richter, I’ve been working along to this Michael Kiwanuka radio playlist all week


Last Week’s Most Clicked:

Chat GPT Applications for Leaders and Educators


📰 News & Notes

From Spreadsheet to Showstopper: NoCode Tools to Build a Website that Wows

Want to turn your boring spreadsheet into a visually stunning website? Look no further than NoCode tools like Softr, SpreadSimple, and Siteoly. These bad boys allow anyone, even those without coding skills, to transform their data into a professional and fully functional website.

With easy-to-use drag and drop interfaces and a variety of templates and design options, you’ll be able to bring your spreadsheet data to life and create an interactive website in no time. So, get out there and give one of these a try today!


7 Ways to Use ChatGPT
by Jeremy Caplan

I know ChatGPT has been in here several weeks in a row and hopefully you’ve all at least given it a whirl by now. If not, or if you’d still like some more tips, Jeremy Caplan shares some ways to make the most of this popular new free AI tool.

If you only have time for one of these resources, “The Art of ChatGPT Prompting” ebook is a good one.

AI Use Cases for Four Content Types

Generative AI is revolutionizing content creation by allowing anyone to quickly and easily generate first drafts of copy, images, video, and audio for campaigns. This technology, with its ability to execute quickly and personalize across various media types, is changing the game for L&D teams everywhere.

Slow Data – The New Way to Consume Information in a Digital World

As early as 360 B.C., Plato and others have been contemplating the effects of the ever-increasing amount of information. Turns out that you can increase your attention span, boost your productivity and improve your focus, and do so with surprisingly straightforward methods.

“It is in slowing down that you will realise that, despite living in a hyper-connected world, you can shape your day and your life to a great extent. The question really is just: when will you begin?”

How to Google Like a Pro

This video course that will turn you into a Google searching ninja. It’ll teach you how to use advanced search operators and features like Google Lens, as well as introduce you to specialized search engines. Hop on over there so you can start your journey to becoming a pro Googler in no time.


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🎧 Podcasts

How Does Learning Happen? with Dr. Paul Kirschner

In this episode, Paul Kirschner delves into the popularity of cognitive load theory and Rosenshine’s principles, and the dangers of oversimplifying and misinterpreting research. He also highlights important aspects of instructional design and collaborative learning as he unpacks the latest in education research.

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How To Setup Break Out Rooms for Success


Using break out rooms effectively has always been something I have wished I was better at. Listen in as Gwyn Wansbrough serves up a crash course in breaking through the burden of breakout rooms, so you can turn them into a powerful option in your facilitation toolbox!

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Owning Your Talent Development Career with Andy Storch

This episode with Andy Storch, an expert on career development and personal growth touches on thought-provoking questions such as, what it truly means to “own” one’s career and life, the importance of having a community of other TD professionals, where new and existing TD professionals should focus their development & more.

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Free webinar: The 20 Most Frequent Mistakes in Course Design and How to Avoid Them

Did you know that stock photos and text-heavy slides can spoil any course? A bad animation (BTW, can you differentiate it from a good one?), an improper use of gradients, and mixing up various design styles can have the same effect.

In his webinar, iSpring’s expert instructional designer will cover the typical mistakes in learning design and explain how to avoid them by using basic principles of visual design. Being mindful of these top 20 mistakes when creating a course will help you ensure that your content hits the mark.

When: Thursday, January 26, at 11:00 AM EST

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Friday Finds — Good News, Learning Out Loud, ChatGPT

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“In a competition between someone who knows the most and someone who is willing to learn the most, the edge usually goes to the curious and empathic professional, not the one who is simply protecting what’s already known.”
— Seth Godin

Happy Friday! Around here we’ve left the holiday phase of winter and entered the coughing, hacking and wheezing phase. One of the souvenirs the kids brought home from their Disney trip was a stupid virus that is lingering for weeks. I’m just glad that things are relatively quiet and we can get some rest this weekend. Hope you’re all fine and fit as a fiddle!

As always, thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: I’m trying to be heads down to crank out some work today, and Oilix is my go to guy when I need to get sh*t done


Last Week’s Most Clicked:

Learning Design 3.0: How to get & stay ahead of the learning design game in a post-AI world


📰 News & Notes

99 Good News Stories From 2022

It’s easy to focus on the negative, especially during a year like 2022 which was marked by a pandemic, inflation, unstable economies, and multiple crises. But it’s important to remember that not everything was bad. In fact, there were some truly uplifting human rights victories, extraordinary conservation wins, major milestones in global health and development, and an acceleration in the clean energy transition. This article is a reminder of the kinds of stories that you might not have seen on the evening news or in your social feeds, but they’re just as important as the negative headlines. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the good things that happened in 2022 too.


Chat GPT Applications for Leaders and Educators

Chad Littlefield previews ways leaders & educators may want to use #ChatGPT which is fundamentally changing how content is generated, how we get information, and what we do with it all.

If you’re one of the few who haven’t played with this yet, you should.

Have Canva Presentations Changed the Game?

Watch Cat Mulvihill teach you how to create and present slides that will leave your audience clawing for more with Canva. From slide control and display of audience questions, to sharing your slides in style, Cat’s got the tricks to elevate your presentations to the next level.

Learning Out Loud:
A manifesto by Dr. Karen Caldwell

Dr. Karen Caldwell shares her dream of learning out loud, a process of sharing, exchanging and wrestling with ideas, and mobilizing knowledge together. She also discusses “knowledge mobilization” and the potential for making research more accessible and clearly communicated.

How to Not Suck at Color – 5 color theory tips everyone should know

How do great artists & designers pick colors for their work? How do you pair colors together?

In this video, Greg Gunn shares 5 important color theory tips that everyone should know.


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🎧 Podcasts

How to Write so People
will Read with Casey Mank
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Ever struggled with making your writing more effective? Casey Mank has some tips for you. She explains why writing matters, even if you don’t consider yourself a writer. She also shares three steps for making your writing more powerful. And if you’re having trouble getting people to read what you write, Casey has some advice for that too. Give it a listen and up your writing game!

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The Facilitator’s Role in Modern Learning Environments

Cindy Huggett, virtual training expert and consultant, discusses the evolving role of virtual trainers to learning experience facilitators. She chats about the mindset shift all trainers and facilitators need to make, how to reframe your relationship with technology, and various strategies to enhance your facilitation skills, no matter what learning environment you use.

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Lessons Learned from the World’s Longest Study on Happiness

Dr. Robert Waldinger breaks down key insights on happiness gathered from the Harvard Study of Adult Development including: The top stress regulator—and how to cultivate it in your life, Two big happiness myths to debunk, and how to foster warm, authentic relationships with one question.

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Successful LMS Implementation: Complete Guide & Free Resources

Would you like to implement an LMS in your company? Check out this complete guide on successful LMS implementation. You will learn what needs to be done, why, in which order, and what you must NOT do by any means if you don’t want the project to fail.

Also, download the collection of resources to have everything you need for a successful launch at hand. This package includes:

  • An LMS implementation plan template
  • A collection of guides and checklists
  • A presentation template for pitching the LMS project to your executives

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Friday Finds — Learning Design 3.0, PowerPoint Graphics, AI Content

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“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.”
— Karen Lamb

Happy Friday! I hope you’re new year is off to a great start. I’m very grateful for our holiday activities this year. I was able to visit Karl in Louisville, explore Cincinnati, discover some authentic Belgian waffles and watch our kids (from afar) march at Disney. Lots of things that put drops in my bucket!

As always, thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: Karl turned me onto Dirty Heads while I was visiting with him last week. They’re one of my new favorites. Here is a nice playlist with them and other similar artists for you to try


Last Week’s Most Clicked:

How to Fill Horizontal Slides With Vertical Images


📰 News & Notes

Learning Design 3.0

AI is already impacting how we create content. Thanks to Ai, writing, creating images, creating video is becoming increasingly quick, cheap and commoditized. In this article, Dr Philippa Hardman explores how to get & stay ahead of the learning design game in a post-AI world.

“The winners in the online learning space will be those who focus not just on getting to grips with AI-driven content creation tools but also dedicate time to understanding an emerging field unknown even by AI – learning science.”


6 Ways AI Can Support Your Content Creation

AI is no longer just a pipe dream. It’s here & it’s ready to help you create killer content! This article from the Buffer blog shares 6 ways AI is already supporting content creation & some of the top tools in the game. 

Learn more about how new AI tools can help you level up!

Creating Custom Graphics in PowerPoint with Kevin Thorn

Tired of paying for custom graphics or struggling to find the perfect image online? It’s time to take matters into your own hands and learn to create your own! In this TLDC webinar, Kevin Thorn shows how anyone can use PowerPoint to make custom graphic elements that will elevate any project.

How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler

Part of a series on reading by Farnam Street. this guide dives into how to read a book using the classical framework provided by Mortimer Adler.

By the time you finish reading, you’ll have a framework for reading at different levels that you can apply right away.

RSS: The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving Time & Staying Informed

Tired of visiting multiple websites daily to see if there’s any new content? An RSS feed aggregates all that information in one place, saving you time and energy. 

Plus, you can customize your news feed to only include topics that interest you and receive updates as soon as new articles are published.


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🎧 Podcasts

Learning Science
101

Join Dr. Philipa Hardman for an enlightening podcast on the science of learning and course design. Explore what the research says about the most effective ways to design courses and the five key things you need to know and do to incorporate the science of learning into your course design. 

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Thriving amid
Information Overload

Gloria Mark discusses what attention is, how email can be a main source of stress, and what the study of Informatics is. She explains how being an artist prepared her for studying psychology, how well-being should be prioritized over productivity in the workplace, and how self-interruption is a major culprit of distraction.

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Is Training The Answer?
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Get ready to be inspired by Christopher Lind, VP and Chief Learning Officer at ChenMed, host of the Learning Tech Talks podcast, and founder of Learning Sharks. In this episode, we chat with Christopher about his revolutionary approach to L&D at ChenMed, his thoughts on ROI, and how he created an ‘invisible learning organization.’

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🧰 Tech, Tools & Tips

Snipd

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Expert Webinar: Making Self-Directed Learning Engaging for a Variety of Learners

In this webinar, Patricia Regier, Online Expert and L&D Specialist, will share her valuable experience of how to make self-directed learning online courses engaging and pro tips on how to reach the various learning preferences of your group.

When: Friday, January 13, 11:00 AM EST

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Friday Finds — That’s a wrap!

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“New beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as new chances come your way.” 
— Oscar Auliq-Ice

Happy Friday! I hope this year end newsletter finds you well and that you’re feeling good as we wrap up another year.

I enjoy looking back on the previous year and considering how to do better. To achieve that with this newsletter, I need your feedback on how I’m doing.

I’d really appreciate it if instead of reading this newsletter as usual this week, you would take the time to respond to the survey below (Feedback is truly a gift so consider it a belated Christmas present to me.)

Thanks in advance for your help. I hope you have a fantastic New Year’s holiday and an even better 2023!

As always, thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: I’ve never been a big fan of New Years Eve parties, so today I’m listening to this nice “New Years Chill” playlist which kicks off with one of the best songs ever while I stay home and skip the “crazies” out there running around tonight.


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How to Fill a Horizontal Slide With a Vertical Image


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The 4 best-read blogs on creating instructional videos

Thinking of making your own training video? Check out iSpring’s expert posts for helpful tips and inspiration:

Video-Based Learning: How to Become a Training Video Ninja

How to Make Tutorial Videos: A Complete Guide

How to Create a Training Video for Employees: A Practical Guide and Tips

The 38 Best Training Video Software for 2023


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Friday Finds — Best of 2022

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“Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, and stupid people already have all the answers.”
– Socrates

Happy Friday! As I reflect on the year that was, I can’t help but feel grateful and even optimistic for the year ahead. For this penultimate newsletter of 2022, I’ve rounded up the best of the best for your year-end reading pleasure. So grab a comfy seat, kick back, and let’s take a stroll down memory lane as we look back on the most clicked items of the year!

Thanks for reading. Merry everything and happy always!!!

What I’m Listening To: I  discovered these remixes of classic Christmas songs several years ago and they continue to be my absolute favorite holiday music.


Last Week’s Most Clicked:

Transfer of Learning:
The necessary step to make learning stick


📰 News & Notes

How to Fill a Horizontal Slide
With a Vertical Image

In need of a quick fix for an image that just won’t fit your slide? Fear not! With this simple trick, you can turn that vertical image into a stunning widescreen masterpiece in no time. And the best part? No fancy software or design skills required. Just follow these easy steps and watch as your slide transforms before your eyes. Trust us, your audience will be none the wiser. So go ahead, give it a try and see the magic happen.


Virtual icebreakers: 42 fresh activities from top facilitators

Feeling a little…cold…when it comes to virtual team building? Don’t worry, Anamaria Dorgo and the butter team has some great solutions to warm up those virtual connections! These 42 virtual icebreakers from top facilitators are sure to elevate your next online event. So go ahead, try one out and watch your audience transform from awkward strangers to fast friends in no time.

Seven neuroscience backed-up facts for better learning experience design

This article discusses seven neuroscience facts that can help improve the design of learning experiences. These include the importance of attention and motivation, the role of emotion in learning, the benefits of spacing and interleaving practice, the effectiveness of retrieval practice and feedback, the role of sleep and rest in consolidation, the importance of setting goals and providing a clear structure, and the impact of physical activity on learning.

Five Ways to Reduce PowerPoint Overload

Overwhelmed by the never-ending bullet points and cluttered slides of PowerPoint? It’s time to say goodbye to the days of information overload and hello to clear, concise, and effective communication. Fortunately, science has our back with a set of research-backed techniques to reduce PowerPoint overload and make our presentations more in tune with the way people learn. Your audience will thank you.

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

Did you know that there are special tricks you can use when searching for things using Google? These tricks can help you find exactly what you’re looking for faster and more accurately. Check out this article to make your internet searches more efficient and help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

When Graphics Lower Learning

Did you know that too many flashy images and animations can actually hinder learning rather than enhance it? Research shows that overloading eLearning materials with graphics can lead to cognitive overload, causing learners to struggle to process and retain information. So the next time you’re tempted to go all out with the graphics, remember that sometimes less is more.

20 Things To Remember About Forgetting

Did you know that forgetting is actually an important part of the learning process? IWhen we forget something, it helps us to filter out unnecessary information and focus on what’s important. This is called the “forgetting curve,” and it shows that we tend to forget things quickly at first, but then the rate of forgetting slows down over time. There are a strategies we can use to help us remember things better, like spacing out our learning, using mnemonic devices, and practicing recalling information.


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🎧 Podcasts

Huberman Lab
Podcast

Andrew Huberman is a neuroscientist and Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. His podcast is a super informative adventure of the latest research on well-being, health and longevity with top global experts.

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Learning Uncut
Podcast

Learning Uncut is a podcast by Michelle Ockers that focuses on topics related to learning, education, and personal development. Episodes feature interviews with educators, researchers, and other experts in the field, as well as discussion and analysis of various aspects of the learning process.

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Presentation
Podcast

The Presentation Podcast is a podcast that offers tips, tricks, and insights on how to create and deliver effective presentations. Episodes feature interviews with experts in the field of presentation design and delivery, as well as practical advice on how to improve your skills as a presenter.

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Canva

Easily the tool I use more than any other. Now with AI enabled content generation options & so much more!

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Refind

Get 5 links every day from around the web that make you smarter, tailored to your interests.

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Descript

Edit videos the way you edit a document, with AI and more, this is a game changer for video work.

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xTiles

A flexible and great looking way to capture and organize ideas, links &
projects visually.

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The 4 best-read blogs on creating instructional videos

Thinking of making your own training video? Check out iSpring’s expert posts for helpful tips and inspiration:

Video-Based Learning: How to Become a Training Video Ninja

How to Make Tutorial Videos: A Complete Guide

How to Create a Training Video for Employees: A Practical Guide and Tips

The 38 Best Training Video Software for 2023


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Friday Finds — L&D Automation, Behavioral Science Reading List, Transfer of Learning

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“Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
– Tecumseh

Happy Friday! It’s that time of year again: the season of mistletoe, hot cocoa, and good cheer. And what better way to spread some festive joy than with this week’s edition of the newsletter? So pour yourself a mug of eggnog, curl up by the fire, and let the holiday magic begin!

Want to send holiday cards this year but aren’t crazy about the time and expense involved? Try one from BrightCarbon’s big collection of Powerpoint-made greetings. Choose from over 100 options that you can personalize and use to spread some festive cheer PowerPoint style!

Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: I don’t think I’m quite ready for non-stop Christmas music yet, but this Christmas Holiday Jazz playlist pairs nicely with reading your favorite newsletter. 😎


Last Week’s Most Clicked:

32 Non-L&D Books for L&D Pros


📰 News & Notes

How Zapier’s L&D team saved 1,000s of hours of work with automation

Zapier’s Learning and Development team hasn’t created a calendar event or manually promoted internal workshops since 2020. They outsourced the admin work to automation so they could spend time on tasks that need a human touch—like coaching and facilitating.

This article walks you through how it works along with a few advanced Zap-building tricks to inspire you to think big when it comes to automating.

Curious to see how you rank as an automator? Take this automation score quiz to find out.


The ever-growing importance of L&D in the future of work

In the future of work, it’s not just robots and AI that will be taking over – it’s also the constant need for learning and development. As the business world evolves at a rapid pace, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies to invest L&D.

So, put down that VR headset and read on to discover why L&D is the key to thriving in the future of work.

Behavioral Scientist’s Notable Books of 2022

It’s that time of year again: the holidays are coming and behavioral science enthusiasts are gathering to discuss the latest and greatest books on the subject. This annual round-up is sure to provide food for thought for anyone interested in understanding the mysteries of the human behavior. So grab a cup of cocoa and dive into the latest and greatest in the world of behavioral science.

Should You Trust the Myers-Briggs Personality Test?

Are you an introverted intuitive who loves deep conversations and hates small talk? Or maybe you’re an extroverted feeling type who loves to be around people and always puts others’ needs before your own? If you’ve ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test, chances are you have a good idea of where you fall on the personality spectrum.

But here’s the million-dollar question: should you trust the results of this popular personality test?

Transfer of learning: The necessary step to make learning stick

Transfer of learning is a concept that should be top-of-mind when planning any learning and development program. Without a solid understanding of the factors that affect the transfer of learning, the gulf between training and job performance is difficult to bridge.

Learn the 16 factors addressed in the Learning Transfer System Inventory (LTSI) and how the transfer of learning must be an underlying design principle for L&D teams.


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Thriving amid
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🧰 Tech, Tools & Tips

Sessions

Sessions has everything you need for effective meetings, webinars, & online events.

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Magical

Turn calendar invitations into a collaborative workspace to schedule, coordinate & automate meetings.

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Writesonic

Create plagiarism-free content for your blogs, ads, emails, and website with this AI writing assistant.

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Excel Formula Bot

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4 Must Reads About PowerPoint and eLearning

Do you know that you can create eLearning courses right in PowerPoint? Here are some blog posts that will let you get started immediately:

How to Convert Your PowerPoint Presentation into an eLearning Module

Animation in eLearning: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

How to Make a Timeline in PowerPoint (Template Inside)


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Friday Finds — Plain Language, AI Content Tools, Hook Points

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“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look
back and realize they were the big things.”
– Robert Brault

Happy Friday!  A heartfelt thanks to everyone who replied to my query into whether anyone reads this space. I see you all and be forewarned that there may be a dad joke somewhere on the horizon. (Sorry, Judith. I promise I won’t over do it.) 

Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: I’ve been a big fan of Louis Armstrong for as long as I can remember. Today I’m listening to this playlist that kicks off with Wonderful World – makes me smile every time!
(You can follow me on Spotify)


Last Week’s Most Clicked:

Improving Multiple Choice Questioning


📰 News & Notes

It’s Not a Headline, It’s a Hook Point

The world is a busy place with millions of people and brands competing for attention on digital platforms. If you want to succeed and see results, you need to hook people in with your content and message.

Hook Points can be applied to any content you make and distribute, so start thinking about what your perfect Hook Point might be.


Simply Put: A guide for creating easy-to-understand materials

This guide from the CDC is intended to help design clear and understandable health materials. It provides steps (and checklists) with detailed information and tips for developing communication materials that are evidence-based, user-friendly and also applicable to other topics as well.

If this resonates, you may also be interested in a deeper dive available in the “Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective“.

32 Non-L&D Books for L&D Professionals


L&D is an integrative domain that draws on so many other subjects. Therefore, it’s essential that we educate ourselves on these subjects. 

Learnovators has compile a list of the disciplines that are of interest to those in our field, including marketing, behavioral economics and others along with some book suggestions under each discipline.

10 AI Content Tools Worth
Checking Out

While AI isn’t ready to replace us yet, some of these new tools can speed up and simplify your work. New tools are evolving fast and here are 10 good ones worth knowing. 

Imagine letting the Open AI Chatbot write your script, putting that into Murf.ai to generate the voice over and then dropping it into Descript with some b-roll video.  For the right topics, you can do that now and it only takes minutes instead of hours or even weeks. 

Plain Language Is For Everyone, Even Experts

A common objection about plain language is that it dumbs down content and insults intelligent readers. Some writers use an academic tone out of habit or try to impress readers with complex sentences and showy vocabulary. The idea that long sentences and big words make you sound smarter (or more professional) results in great sacrifices to readability and credibility.

Learn more about the advantages of clear, straightforward writing in this article from the Nielsen Norman Group.


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Why Curiosity in the Workplace Is Important

Stefaan Van Hooydonk has conducted research on the topic of curiosity at work. He believes that curious individuals need curious environments to thrive and that in times of economic turmoil, individuals and companies need to start embracing the power of intentional curiosity.

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The link between learning transfer & assessment

This episode of the Learning While Working podcast with Keith Keating, explores the science of learning, some of the greatest challenges with learning transfer, why L&D experts should be viewed as trusted advisors, & more.

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Humor’s Role in the 21st Century Workplace

Institutions as serious as Wharton, MIT, and the London Business School agree: it’s time to bring some laughter in the workplace.

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🧰 Tech, Tools & Tips

600+ Designer Resources

The web’s biggest free collection of design resources. You’ll definitely want to bookmark this one.

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WelcomeSpaces

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Vectormaker

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Accessible Color Palettes

Take the mystery out of accessibility with a simple color palette generator by Venngage that does the heavy lifting for you.

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Great resources for gamification in eLearning

Did you know that engagement in employee training continues to be the #1 challenge for L&D professionals? One definite way to boost it is to integrate gamification into your training strategy. Here are some great resources that will give you a great deal of useful information on gamification and resources for implementing it in your projects:

eLearning Gamification: How to Apply It and Win the Game

Prefer to watch this content on gamification? We got you

Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning

4 Easy Gamification Tricks for PowerPoint and iSpring Suite


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Friday Finds — Habit-Based Learning, Content Strategy, Usability Testing

Sponsored by iSpring

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because
you never know how soon it will be too late.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Friday! I often wonder if anyone reads the stuff I write in this opening blurb. What do you think? Do you read it? Should I just skip it altogether and get on with the newsletter? Or is there some better way I could be using this space? Maybe a good place for Dad jokes? I’d love it if you hit reply and let me know.

Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: If you’re on Spotify you probably know that they send you year-end recap of what you’ve been listening to. Here is my Spotify Wrapped for 2022 with the songs & artists I listened to the most. (You can follow me on Spotify)


Last Week’s Most Clicked:

Articulate Rise Interaction Character Limits


📰 News & Notes

The Promise of Habit-Based Learning

Subconscious, habitual learning is far more common, complex, and important than we’d realized. This type of learning has been making a comeback everywhere except where it’s needed most—education. Students need both fast and slow systems to learn well. Yet over the past fifty years, education has dismissed the importance of fast automaticity in learning. In this article, Barbara Oakley & Terrence Sejnowski look at the Neuroscience of Fast and Slow Learning.


Content Maintenance: Knowing What to Update & When to Kill It

You should have a content maintenance plan so that your content stays fresh and up-to-date. You’ll also want to know when it’s time to say goodbye to any items that are no longer relevant. Learn more about creating a maintenance schedule for your content.

Don Norman on Why People-Centered Design Matters


Design is a way of thinking, understanding people real, fundamental needs, and designing systems that fulfill those needs in an understandable, enjoyable manner. It starts with observation, then progresses to deep analysis of the underlying issues, to rapid prototypes, testing, and continual iteration.

Improving Multiple Choice Questioning

In this article, Blake Harvard describes a method to more efficiently and effectively use multiple choice questioning as a tool for self-assessment and as an assessment of learning technique. It is incredibly simple and easy to implement with students in class and is also quite useful for students to utilize in their own, individual studies.

Using the Think Aloud Protocol to Test Usability of Learning Designs

Usability testing is often missing from the traditional instructional design process. We need to make sure that eLearning courses and other digital products aren’t obstacles to learning. The think aloud method is perhaps the best way to discover problems with the user interface, navigation, layout, and instructions.


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David Dylan Thomas talks to Kristina about design, content and bias. With a focus on patterns, assumptions and the need to have meaningful conversations.

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Why No Two Brains
Are Alike

There’s no such thing as a “normal” brain. And according to Dr. Chantel Prat, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington, that’s a very good thing indeed. In this podcast, she explains how to get the most out of the brain you’ve got.

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Great Minds on Learning with John Helmer

John Helmer talks with David James about a host of things including that Learning and Development professionals don’t know or aren’t aware of as much of learning theory and science as perhaps you’d expect.

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Futurepedia

Updated & curated catalog of AI tools with verified quality

https://www.futurepedia.io/

Base Row

Open source no-code database and Airtable alternative

https://baserow.io/

1Tools

Big collection of 100% free online tools for everyday needs.

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Glasp

AI-powered summary based on your highlights & notes.

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Friday Finds — Cognitive Load, Content Design, Pedagogic Change

Sponsored by iSpring


“‘What is the secret of your serenity?’ Said the Master, ‘Wholehearted cooperation with the inevitable.’”

— Anthony de Mello
.
Many of us here in the US are recovering from a full day of gathering with family and friends, eating too much and watching too much TV. I hope this finds you surrounded by love – happy and grateful for all the good things you have. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening To: Just found this playlist of the top 50 most played songs of all time from Spotify, which has a number of surprises…at least for me.  (Follow me on Spotify)



📰 News & Notes

Where Did Germane Cognitive Load Go?

Greg Ashman looks at the “fatal flaws” of cognitive load theory. The first problem with germane cognitive load is a philosophical one. The second is an empirical one. Dig into to this one to learn more and see what he has to say about cognitive load theory.


What is a
Content Designer?

Content design is fairly new in the content world. Content designers help create and optimize digital experiences through close collaboration with designers and developers. This article walks you through what a content designer does on a day-to-day basis and how to get into a content design role.

Guide to Articulate Rise Interaction Character Counts

If you’ve ever developed in Articulate Rise 360, chances are you have scripted an interaction, only to find that your planned interaction exceeds the character counts allotted. Download this handy guide, from Endurance Learning and never run into that issue ever again.

12 Things Every Graphic Designer Needs To Know to Succeed

“What would you tell a designer just starting out today – that would help them succeed?” Philip Van Dusen answers that question in this is a must-watch video!

More Pedagogic Change in the Past 10 Years Than the Previous 1000 years

The recent ground breaking shifts in the way we learn have not been matched by the way we teach, says Donald Clark in his recent TEDxGlasgow talk.


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Multimedia in
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Learning content includes a mix of video, audio, and illustration. But why do these things matter? And how do they serve the outcomes we define with our clients?

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Teaching
Texas

This audio documentary charts how Texas dictated American education over the last sixty years and examines how the fight over our childrens’ classroom has only intensified today.

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How to Cope With
News Overload

Markus Brauer, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, and media psychologist Don Grant, PhD,discuss why it’s so hard to shut off the news spigot and what you can do to cope with news media overload while still staying informed.

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🧰Tech, Tools & Tips

Edit images online with Image Candy a free, online and easy to use complete image processing toolkit.

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Make your voice recordings sound like they were recorded in a professional studio for free with Adobe Podast

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