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My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2017)

In Technology by JD Dillon

Are you looking for better tools to strengthen your workplace learning and performance ecosystem? Well, here’s a great place to start!

It’s time for Jane Hart’s annual Learning Tools Survey. Thousands of L&D pros from around the world will be sharing the 10 tools they find most effective for supporting their personal, workplace and/or academic learning. Here’s a summary of the 200 top tools from the 2016 survey.

This annual exercise reminds me to reflect on how I use technology in my work. This will be my 4th year participating in the survey, so I can also look back to see how my toolkit has changed as my role has evolved. If you’re curious, here are posts on my 20142015, and 2016 submissions.

Voting will remain open until mid-day GMT on Friday, September 22, 2017, so you have plenty of time to join in! Results will be released at 8am GMT on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Here are my 2017 Top Tools for Learning! 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. TwitterEven though it fell from the top spot on last year’s overall list, Twitter remains my go-to for sharing and curation.
  2. Google. I’ve never counted how many Google searches I average per day, but it’s a lot – at both home and work.
  3. YouTubeThis one has flown up my list since I cut the cord and now find myself gorging on video content for not just fun but also inspiration.
  4. Axonify. I’ve logged into Axonify for 3 – 5 minutes almost every day for the past 3 years to grow my workplace knowledge.
  5. Slack. Topical channels and 1:1 chat help me keep up with my coworkers and share information as a remote team member.
  6. FlipboardMy collection of curated L&D content has grown over the past few years to 12 magazines, 2.5k articles and hundreds of followers.
  7. Google DriveEven if the final version will be in Word or some other tool, I always start creating in Drive.
  8. Hangout. This is my other essential virtual collaboration tool alongside Slack, and it keeps me off conference calls as much as possible.
  9. SlideShare. I’ve delivered more presentations in the past 12 months than the rest of my life, and SlideShare is a key part of both sharing my work and helping me find inspiration for telling better stories.
  10. WordPress. I can’t ignore the platform that’s hosting this post, now can I?

Plus a few honorable mentions …

  • Podcasts. Great source of ideas, inspiration and fun, especially when I’m traveling.
  • LinkedIn. It’s definitely not the best, but it’s an essential tool for growing my professional network.
  • PowerPoint. This one’s a constant given my daily use for industry and product presentations.

What tools are on your list for 2017? How will you share your list with the L&D community?