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/

 

  • Notaku helps you build a knowledge base with Notion
  • 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.

View Slides

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.

Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | March 25, 2022

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

Stephen Hawking

Happy Friday! Today officially starts the countdown until we head out of town for spring break. T-minus 14 days and counting. I’m packing my swim trunks, sunscreen, hiking gear and lots of snacks and not much else. I hope this finds you looking forward to something as well? Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: This morning I’m enjoying another suggestion from my daughter and listening to DayGlow. Good stuff! 

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Google Docs Hidden Gems


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Learn in Public

You already know that you will never be done learning. But most people “learn in private”, and lurk. They consume content without creating any themselves. Again, that’s fine, but we’re here to talk about being in the top quintile. What you do here is to have a habit of creating “learning exhaust”

https://www.swyx.io/learn-in-public/

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The Wonderful World of NoCode

Mathias Vermeulen and I recently sat down with Connie Malamed to talk about NoCode tools. Pop in for this rich, valuable exploration of what they are, what you can do with them, some examples of how Mathias and I use them and more. 

https://theelearningcoach.com/podcasts/72/

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Pedagogy vs. Andragogy: What’s the Difference?

Know your learners, make content relevant, give them choice in the learning process & build on their prior knowledge – whether they are novices or experts in the domain at hand. This is true for any age.

https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2022/3/17-1

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How to Become a Master in Your Field

Professionals perfect the basics, while amateurs are endlessly seeking for secret techniques. Nothing fancy. Just doing unfancy things for a really long period of time.

https://durmonski.com/self-improvement/how-to-become-a-master-in-your-field/

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Generalist vs. Specialist: Choosing a Path for Career Success

Have you ever wondered: should I be more of a generalist or a specialist? David Epstein, bestselling author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World shares six takeaways from his research 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

  • DeckLinks lets you turn static presentations into engaging personalized decks with video narrations, file attachments, links and get analytics
  • Octoblocks is a drag-and-drop one-page website builder
  • Scribe automatically generates step-by-step guides including screenshots
  • Milanote is an easy-to-use tool to organize your ideas and projects into visual boards.
  • Summari — Instantly summarize any article or webpage in one click

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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | March 18, 2022

“Remember, being happy doesn’t mean you have it all. It simply means you’re thankful for all you have.”

Unknown

Happy Friday! We’re off to experience my son’s first robotics competition this weekend at California University (in Pennsylvania) . I’m super curious to see what they’ve built and how they stack up against the competition. And I have to admit, that I wish those sort of things were around when I was his age.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  This Chill Lofi Beats playlist has been on a loop here all week.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Use PowerPoint for Graphic Design


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What using RSS feeds feels like (It feels good)

If you already use RSS, this post is not for you. You know this already. This is for people who don’t already use RSS.

A great way to improve your personal and professional learning is to use RSS / Feed Readers (I prefer Feedly). It is easy with these types of newsreaders to identify how much content you want to read from every source you want to follow. You can read every item or you can pick out the ones you like based on their headlines and just read those.

https://gilest.org/rss-feels.html

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Using Data to Show Compliance Training’s Impact on Behavior

Check out this LT Digital Days session by Peter Maniche Riber on applying an adaptive learning approach to digital learning experiences and how to use insights into conscious and unconscious (in)competence.(Free registration required)

https://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/lt-digital-days

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Getting started with no-code 

Interested in a free course to pick up some useful #NoCode skills? This beginner-friendly course is everything you need to get started building your own ideas. After completing it, you’ll know how to build different types of websites pages, a database of information, and a simple mobile app.

https://makerpad.zapier.com/getting-started-with-no-code

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13 Google Docs Hidden Gems

If you’re like me and do most of your writing in Google Docs, you’ll probably find some useful tips in this collection of “Hidden Gems” from Jeremy Caplan. One of my favorites is the dynamic word count that updates as you type. What is yours? 

https://wondertools.substack.com/p/google-docs-hidden-gems?s=r

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Humor Boosts Your Credibility at Work (And That’s No Joke!) 

The research is in: teams that grin together win together. This fascinating study suggests humor is one of the most underappreciated assets at work, Plus, they say, humor is a learnable skill.

https://www.atlassian.com/blog/teamwork/humor-at-work

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How Teacher Expectations Shape Students’ Experience in the Classroom

We, as social creatures, are influenced by expectations, both our own and those of the people around us. If someone we value treats us as if they have high expectations for us, then we are likely to internalize these expectations and work harder to meet them. Dig in to learn more about the Pygmalion effect also known as the Rosenthal effect, named after Robert Rosenthal, one of the researchers who demonstrated the impact of this psychological phenomenon in education

https://thedecisionlab.com/insights/education/how-teacher-expectations-shape-students-experience-in-the-classroom

  • Runway is an impressive browser-based video editor
  • Barkr is a nice option for organizing your online bookmarks
  • Timestripe is an app that combines a calendar, shared to-do lists & powerful notes.
  • Popsy is a NoCode tool that turns Notion pages into websites
  • deepculture is an amazingly valuable weekly newsletter

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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | March 11, 2022

Life will win over death. Light will win over darkness.

Volodymyr Zelensky 

Happy Friday! I’m in an experimental mood this week. You’ll notice a new addition to the newsletter. At the very bottom you’ll see an opportunity to rate this edition of the newsletter. Give it a whirl and leave some feedback or just say “Hi!” – you can even leave a voice message if you’re feeling adventurous.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Funk Mammoth is a chillaxed vibe I find myself constantly returning to and I’ve returned to it once again this morning.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
When Graphics Lower Learning


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The Power of Curation

Morning Brew founder Alex Lieberman reminds us that curation is all around us and has been for a very long time. He explains why curation is a superpower, why it’s misunderstood & why it’s more important than ever. Definitely worth the 7 minute listen! If you like this one, check out his episode on learning how to learn

https://foundersjournal.morningbrew.com/the-power-of-curation/

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How to Use PowerPoint for Graphic Design 

Intimidated or can’t afford complex graphic design tools, like Adobe Illustrator, etc? Watch TIm Slade show you how you can create more “pro” designs in PowerPoint than most people realize is possible! 

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If You’re Always Busy You’re Living in Desperate Poverty and Unaware

Busyness is taking the jug of water that is your resources and over-pouring it into one area of life. The cup then overflows and pisses all over the floor. This leaves all other areas of life in a drought. The currency of life isn’t money, it’s time.

https://timdenning.com/if-youre-always-busy-youre-living-in-desperate-poverty-and-unaware/

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Adult Recess: The case for why grown-ups should be allowed on the swings, too.

Recess, and the concept of play, is usually only associated with children of primary school age or younger. But what if we applied the same idea to adults in the workforce?

https://www.snipettemag.com/adult-recess/

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Why asking for knowledge contributions is so important

One of David Snowden’s principles is that “Knowledge can’t be conscripted, it can only be volunteered”. However, waiting passively for voluntary contributions is the wrong way to spread knowledge. Ask for volunteers instead.

http://www.nickmilton.com/2022/03/why-asking-for-knowledge-contributions.html 

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  • bkmark.io is one of the best online bookmarking tools around
  • Blurweb lets you blur your sensitive data instantly, when recording or screen sharing. No editing required
  • Hardcover is a social network for people to track what they read and want to read, make lasting connections with other readers and find life-changing books.
  • Maool is an all-in-one tool that helps to create all types of Email faster than ever—no code required.
  • The Big News app blends your newsletters and feeds together into one super-smart reading experience.

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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | March 3, 2022

“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.”

Vladimir Lenin

It definitely feels like this has been a week with decades worth of change. If you’re interested, the BBC’s Ukraine Cast is a great way to stay informed about what’s happening in Ukraine. Also, NPR has assembled a collection of ways you can support the people of Ukraine.

I also want to call out LearnX, which is a free event happening on Monday March 7 that has a great lineup of speakers including Elliott Masie, Ruth Clark, Nick Floro, Connie Malamed, Julie Dirksen, Megan Torrance and more. You can register here.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  This morning I’m tuning in to Mat Kearney who is an artist that I’ve listened to for a long time but never really registered who he was until now. l bet you’ll recognize a few of his songs too. 

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Last week’s most clicked item:
The Seven Habits That Lead to Happiness in Old Age


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

I dusted off the cobwebs and published my first blog post in a while this week to answer the question I get a lot about how I create this weekly newsletter. Even if you don’t want to create a newsletter, there are some helpful strategies that can help you efficiently keep up with whatever you’re interested in. 

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

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How Do We Read? It’s Magic (Almost)

Reading. You’re doing it right now. I bet you don’t even have to think about it. But have you ever wondered what’s happening in your brain to turn all these weird symbols into meaning? This video will teach you how to read all over again. What you’re doing right now is way more amazing than you ever realized.

Watch this video

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When Graphics Lower Learning

Graphics are helpful for learning, right? Well, they can be extremely helpful for learning, but only if they’re the right kind of graphics to properly support it. In her latest article, Patti Shank shares how the wrong type of graphics can actually lower learning. 

https://elearningindustry.com/when-graphics-lower-learning

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What We Get Wrong About Emotions

One of the things I often talk about when comparing marketing to L&D, is the use of emotion. For Marketers emotion is often central to what they do. This article by Leonard Mlodinow may help us understand why. Feelings don’t deflect us from good judgment. They guide it. 

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/0@1/emotion-isnt-the-enemy-of-reason/621148/

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Why You Should Work Less & Spend More Time On Hobbies

As many feel increasingly pressed for time, they’re giving up on things that matter to them. When people don’t have time for hobbies, organizations also pay a price. Hobbies can make employees substantially better at their jobs for three reasons: they reawaken your creativity, give you a fresh perspective, and bolster your confidence. So knock off a little early today and go do something fun!

https://hbr.org/2019/02/why-you-should-work-less-and-spend-more-time-on-hobbies

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  • Word Tune rewrites sentences using AI to help improve your writing
  • Boosted is an online option for creating pro videos. 
  • Pollly is a free, simple option for creating polls and brainstorming
  • Chrome Remote Desktop is something I’d totally forgotten about until I was recently reminded how easy it is to remotely connect with your home or work computer, or share your screen with others with it.
  • I Don’t Care About Cookies lets you get rid of cookie warnings from most websites. (Set your default and it takes care of the rest.) 

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