20 Feb How was your week? #Toplearningtools
Ever heard of the quote ‘the days are long but the years are short?’
That’s exactly what I’m experiencing with every workweek at CUTE! For over 9 years I’m working on desiging workshops, reflecting on new products … but I never really took the time to share this with you.
So I decided to start a new habit. And share every week a little thing about my work as a content designer at CUTE.
And this week was all about…the top 100 learning tools!
This is a yearly event where every learning-provider shares 1 tool that they love to use! Last year, Sarah had a presentation on Kajabi, a tool we use as a digital ‘train the trainer’ platform. And this time, we shared our colaboration with actionable. A tool we use in our habit movements to measure, nudge and track habits.
So before diving into some of the new platforms I discovered, just a quick note on how to look at these things.
Because when it comes to digital tools, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. So how do I go about it?
Step 1: Reflect on the features you are looking for, before searching for a tool.
When searching for a tool, I first list all the features I am looking for. What are the top 3 most important things?
(Tip: reflect on your current frustations to find out what you actually need.)
For example: for every of our sessions I design a ‘running master’ for our trainers. This is an agenda with more information on every exercise in a session, the timings, etc. A lot of these exercises come back in a variety of forms and often I need to copy paste parts of it. But my regular PDF’s made it really hard to do that. And since we update our sessions regularly, I had a list of outdated running masters, and found it hard to keep up with the latest versions. So I needed 1) a modular tool where I could put my exercises in, 2) a tool that was sharable with the trainers, 3) easy to keep up to date, 4) not expensive 😉
Step 2: Search for tools that have those features. But try NOT to look at how they are marketed!
Next I search for tools that have these features, BUT I try not to look at how they are marketed. And just look at the basic features they have. As ‘neutral’ as possible. This takes some creativity, but I’m sure you can do it too 😉 Every tool that is on the market, can often be used for different purposes. But the people who made it, just market it in a one-shot way. This is a tool for ‘making presentations’, this is a tool for ‘keeping your to do lists’, … They want to put their tool in a certain box, but it is your task to broaden that box. So often I’m using tools in a way they weren’t designed to.
For example: for my running master problem, I started using ‘trello‘, and now I don’t have that problem anymore! It’s modulair enough to copy/paste various exercises, it’s easy to share with the team, and for every topic I can now manage the flow of the various sessions easily. It checked all the boxes, but… trello is marketed as a tool to keep an overview of all your to do’s. So I had to look at it from a different, more basic perspective to see how I could use it in my job.
Events like the ‘top 100 learning tools’ help me to discover new tools, and get a broader view of what’s on the market and what is used by our competitors. (Thank you Kristoff for organizing this!)
So next time our CEO Sarah has a new idea that has a digital component to it, it’s easier for me to match the right tool with her question. 😉
This year, these are some new platforms that people talked about:
- Feedly: this is a tool that is used to gather information from various webpages. It’s a way to create your own ‘learning portal’ by combining information from your favorite websites. I can imagine that I could use these to create webpages on a variety of topics and keep these up to date for our participants.
- Microsoft Power apps and Power Automate: this is a tool that is part of the microsoft 365 pack. It has a powerpoint-like feel and it is used to create apps! Still have to check out all the features on this. I will probably experiment with this ‘low key’ at first, and try it as an alternative for our paper assessments and prep work.
- Teach on Mars: never heard of this one! Probably because their site is in French 😉 But this looked like an amazing tool for mobile learning. This is definitely something to keep in mind next time a customer asks us to create an app of our learning content.
- Glide: This is another tool that helps you create apps, without having to code! This one is definitely something I will give a try. Maybe to upgrade our habit expert program… We’ll see where this leads us 😉 (Thank you Mathias from Winston Wolfe to share this one.)
That’s it for now!
PS: Feel free to share some tools you use in a different manner than they are designed for in the comments below!