My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2016)

Top 10 graphicIts time once again for Jane Hart‘s annual Top 200 Tools for Learning survey. 200? That’s right! This year’s list has been expanded – doubled in fact – to allow more tools to gain exposure.

The 2016 list (presentation embedded below) includes votes from more than 1,2000 learning professionals worldwide representing both workplace learning and formal education.

The final list provides great insight into the resources my peers from around the world are using to facilitate both organizational and personal learning. This exercise also provides me with a structured opportunity to reflect on how I use technology in my work. Since this is my 3rd year participating, I can also look back and assess how my toolset has evolved over time – especially as I have shifted from a corporate learning role into the consultant/vendor space.

Here are my top 10 learning tools for 2016. Remember, Jane defines a “learning tool” as …

Any software or online tool or service that you use either for your own personal or professional learning or for teaching or training …

  1. Twitter. My primary PLN connection and starting point for all curation + sharing activities …
  2. Google. Where I go to solve problems + answer unanswered questions …
  3. Axonify. Eating my own dogfood by using the platform for internal sharing + training …
  4. Hangout. How I engage in real-time collaboration as a virtual worker …
  5. FlipboardHelps me share curated online content on a variety of L&D topics …
  6. WordPress. Even more important this year as I expand my sharing channels in my new role …
  7. YouTube. So much video …
  8. Slack. My favorite group chat tool …
  9. Google DriveAll of my written work starts in a shared doc …
  10. SnapchatCurating and sharing visual stories to enable shared experiences …

Plus a few honorable mentions …

  • PowerPoint. Back on the list due to the volume of presentations I’ve been building …
  • SlideShare. Where I put all of those presentations I’ve been building + explore others …
  • Degreed. Tracking my own learning experiences and aggregating other online opportunities …

UPDATE: Blab was on this list when I first wrote and submitted … but then … I also updated this post to include the final 2016 list and related details …


What tools are on your list for 2016? Do we have any tools in common? Has your list changed much since last year? 

My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2016)

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