How do the tools that help us learn evolve from year to year? That’s the question behind Jane Hart’s annual Top Tools for Learning survey. L&D practitioners from around the world are invited to submit their 10 top tools until Friday, September 21, 2018. Jane will then compile the data into a ranked list, showcasing how tool preferences have shifted over the past 12 months.
Here’s the report from the 2017 survey.
It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the resources you use to support your organization as well as your own learning needs. It’s also a great chance to learn about new tools emerging in the industry.
This is my fifth time participating in Jane’s survey. When I submit my info each year, I also write a summary post like this to share my personal toolkit.
Here are my top 10 tools for learning for 2018 – along with a few honorable mentions.
- Twitter: the conversation has slowed noticeably over the past few years, but it’s still my go-to tool for professional networking and curation.
- Google Search: All roads still begin with search, and Google remains my preference. Even if I know which website I am likely to visit, Google still tends to get me directly to the info faster.
- YouTube: Since I cut cable a few years ago, I almost exclusively watch YouTube. I subscribe to a growing list of channels for personal and professional reason.
- Flipboard: I continue to curate topical L&D resources into a collection of online magazines. More Than Micro and UNTETHERED are my most substantial efforts.
- Axonify: I’ve logged into Axonify almost every day for 4.5 years – first as a client and now as part of the team. It sustains my daily learning habit while I’m waiting for an Uber or between meetings.
- Slack: Most of my team interaction takes place over Slack. It’s how I keep up with the office from 1200 miles away.
- Google Drive: Everything I create – from blog posts to presentations – starts in Drive. It’s by far the easiest way to co-create content.
- LinkedIn: I am leaning more and more into LinkedIn for professional discussion. I have also started to cross-post content between my LearnGeek blog and LinkedIn for added exposure.
- Castro: I devour podcasts, mostly in the car and on airplanes. Castro is my latest iOS podcast app due mostly to its slick content organization.
- Google Meet: Most of my meetings are remote, and Meet is still the simplest way to bring people together for a quick discussion.
- Wikipedia: I can’t leave Wikipedia off this list. I’m on the site almost daily as part of my research (but not the entirety of my research).
- UMU: I’ve partnered with UMU for several conference activities over the past year. It’s a great tool for prompting in-session interactions, including the 170 questions we crowdsourced during our ATD microlearning panel.
- Medium: Speaking of cross-posting, I also publish content to Medium. These articles are typically of a more personal nature, such as my journey to becoming a professional speaker.
If you look at my 2017 list, my toolkit hasn’t changed much. Castro (podcasts) and LinkedIn moved up from honorable mentions while SlideShare and WordPress (tools I still use at least weekly) exited. While the tools may not have changed, there have been definitely shifts in how I use some of them based on the evolving nature of my work. My application of YouTube, Slack and LinkedIn have changed noticeably as my travel has increased and I look for new channels of engagement.
Despite the relative consistency, this has still been (another) great opportunity to reflect on how I use technology every day to support my work and improve my results.
Have you submitted your responses to Jane’s survey? What are your top tools right now?