JD’s Top Tools for Personal Learning (2020)

In Technology by JD Dillon

This may be a very interesting year for Jane Hart’s Top Tools for Learning Survey. How many new tools have you adopted as a result of pandemic-induced changes to your everyday work? I wonder if TikTok will fly up the list.

I’ve worked remotely for the past 5+ years. However, “remote” typically meant a combination of home office and travel. I’ve been sitting in one place for the past 6 months. Let’s see how circumstances have changed my personal list as compared to years past (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016).

  1. Slack. I always relied on it as a remote worker. Now, I live in it during my work day.
  2. Google Drive. Everything I write starts in Drive.
  3. YouTube. Wow have I watched a lot of YouTube over the past 6 months.
  4. Axonify. I’ve done my daily training every day this year.
  5. LinkedIn. The professional conversation here is now better than Twitter.
  6. Google Meet. I still bounce between 3 or 4 meeting platforms every day. Meet remains my go-to.
  7. Overcast. I used to listen to podcasts in the car and on planes. Now, I listen during my daily run around the neighborhood.
  8. PowerPoint. Stories often benefit from visuals. This is still the best way to do that, especially from afar.
  9. Kindle. Books. For learning new stuff. Crazy, right?
  10. Twitter. It was on the top of my list for 4 years. Not anymore. The conversation just isn’t growing. People are moving on.

What’s your top 10 list nowadays? How has it changed since February?

  • JD Dillon is the world’s foremost expert on frontline learning and enablement. He is also one of the most prolific authors and speakers in the workplace learning community. For 20 years, JD has worked in operations and talent development with some of the world’s most dynamic organizations, including Disney, Kaplan and AMC. He is the founder of LearnGeek, a workplace performance advising and insights group. He is also Chief Learning Architect with Axonify, where he builds technology, content and services that enable frontline employees around the world to do their best work every day.