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Friday Finds — AI for L&D Analysis and Image Generation, Ultimate Guide to Zoom Presentations

📅 AI for L&D Analysis | 🖼️ AI Image Generation | 💻 Ultimate Zoom Guide

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“Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well-ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.”

— Seneca

I’m back from the Canadian Elearning conference last week - eh! If you're curious about what Bianca and I shared, you can snag the slides and other juicy details here. Speaking of heat, summer's definitely cranked it up here! We've got a softball tournament to watch this weekend, thankfully close to home so we can sneak back and get some sweet air conditioning in between games. My daughter's the catcher, so she feels it the most, and we're a bit shorthanded, so they'll have to fight extra hard. Still, can't wait to cheer them on!

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Perplexity: a powerful co-pilot for instructional designers in the analysis phase

How Learning Designers Are Using AI for Analysis

AI is becoming a must-have tool for instructional designers. Especially in the early planning stages. Philippa Hardman looks at how AI can help us figure out the exact problem we're trying to solve, who exactly we're teaching, and what skills they really need. Tools like ChatGPT and Gemini can automatically gather information, while Perplexity and Claude can help us understand it better. This lets us build training programs that directly target what the company needs and what the learners will actually use. In short, AI helps us analyze information better, which leads to better training overall. It's not just a nice perk anymore, it's becoming essential.

🎯 Take away: A practical guide on how to 10X your analysis process using free AI tools, based on real use cases.

The 4 Stages of AI Image Generation: An Experience Map

AI image generation tools have revolutionized the way we create visual content by automating the design process, yet they require human oversight to achieve optimal results. According to Nielsen Norman Group, there are four critical stages to effectively use these tools: defining the problem, generating ideas, refining outputs, and implementing the visuals. For L&D professionals, understanding these stages ensures that AI-generated images are not only creative but also pedagogically effective and aligned with learning objectives. This approach balances the efficiency of AI with the strategic insight of human designers, enhancing the overall impact of learning materials.

🎯 Take away: AI image generation users often follow a similar creative process: ideate, generate, refine, and export.

The Ultimate Guide to Giving Virtual Presentations on Zoom

Have you ever felt frustrated by online guides promising the ultimate knowledge but falling short? You're not alone! But here's some great news: Oli Gardner's guide is different. This exceptional resource caters to both beginners and seasoned speakers, offering practical tactics that can truly elevate your presentation skills. By putting these techniques into action, you'll be well on your way to becoming a top-notch presenter, whether online or offline!

🎯 Take away: An irreverent and shockingly actionable companion for anyone who wants to communicate to invisible audiences through a laptop screen.

Find out how you can visualize learner and L&D data to help discover insights and “connect the dots”—leading you to make confident data-driven decisions. Learn more with our Business Intelligence guide.

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