So here we go, a bonus of What’s Useful to You. In this week, I’m adding a category- web pages I used/found this week.
In this week’s post, I’m sharing articles or podcasts I read or listened to, extensions or apps that I learned about/used this week, and websites I found this week.
- Articles/Podcasts I read, listened, or watched and said; “YES, I need to share this!”
2. Extensions or tools I used this week that’s helping me with some aspect of my business, whether it be sales/marketing | productivity | project management | some other area.
3. Websites I used this week. (I promised I won’t ever list Google, except right now)
Check ’em out after the jump and maybe you’ll find them useful. Make sure you connect with me on twitter @getplexdesign
What did I read?:
I recently did a presentation to the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals (you can find the slide deck here) and after presenting, I found Gavin Pitchford’s post. It currently has over 30,000 views and he’s not a LinkedIn Influencer (I can barely get 30 to my LI posts!). This article goes in depth on what LinkedIn can attempt to improve on, from the annoying (the same request to add data to my profile) to the critical (The hackers, fakes and frauds & the constant request to harvest your email addresses). I know it’s a rant, but I really found a lot of truth in it. Hopefully, LinkedIn will address these shortcomings in the follow months. With stock share plummeting more than 40% in the last month, I’d imagine LinkedIn’s leadership has enough of a fire under them to make the critical changes.
Nicole Legault shared this great cheat sheet for applying “Adult Learning Theory” in your e-learning assets. Useful to both new designers and for experienced professionals when developing new content. It’s easy to get caught up in the asset looking slick rather than functionality. Remember the purpose of any learning and development project is to assist an organization in meeting their business objectives, not to spend money on slick looking content.
Evaluating how a project did is critical to determining success. However, data can be manipulated in a variety of ways. This article from HBR’s Thomas C. Redman offers 4 steps to critically evaluate data.
1. Clarify what you want to know.
2. Understand how actual measurements line up with what you want to know.
3. Account for weaknesses in the measurement process.
4.Subject results to the “smell test.”
If you don’t know Zsolt Olah, and you work with Storyline.. you’re missing out. His page is loaded with tutorials and he’s one of the most responsive designers I’ve had an opportunity to ask for help on a project. This post teaches you how to build a gamifyed course in Storyline. This requires the knowledge of variables. Zsolt writes “Even if you’re not a coder, [understanding] variables are a must.” Looking to improve your Storyline output (I know I am), bookmark Zsolt’s homepage.
What podcasts did I listen to?:
HBR Episode 510: Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap. Paul Leinwand, co-author of the book “Strategy That Works,” explains how successful companies solve the Strategy-Execution gap.
What extensions did I find?:
Nothing this week.
What websites did I find?:
Just one caught my eye this week that I needed to share.
The Freelancers Union-https://www.freelancersunion.org/
- Links to a Hive Community (which if anyone has ANY experience with, please let me know, I’d like to hear your experience.)
- Access to a job board, resources, discounts and an active forum for advice.
- A contract generator. (Could have used this a while ago, would have saved me quite a bit of heartache and frustration).