Free eBook: Trainer’s Guide To Designing Next Level Learning


Trainer’s Guide To Designing Next Level Learning contains some topnotch tips for Instructional Designers to not only develop themselves on an individual level but to help them blend in on an organizational one too. Organically and smoothly.

Instructional Designers are often multi-talented individuals who are not bound to one specific task. This offers great opportunities to branch out into unknown fields of newfound expertise. Whereas you currently may be merely familiar with modules, soon enough you might be challenged to market a course, create a stunning infographic or even make a sales call – the learning never stops. What better way to facilitate yourself than with this eBook? It contains 7 Tips to Strengthen Instructional Design Skills to help you become even better at what you do, as well as 11 steps you could take to influence Subject Matter Experts, all with the intent to smoothen the process and fine tune the experience for your learners. After all, they are the ones we create the content for. The 7 tips include the following:

Putting material together for training or learning is a time-consuming act.  It is becoming more difficult to keep people attention for more than a few minutes.  Sometimes all it takes is a few well-placed techniques to improved retention.

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Learn Express.js in this complete course


In this full Express.js course from Buzz Team, you will learn how to develop a web app from scratch using Node.js, Express.js, PostgreSQL, and Bootstrap. The web app is a full CRUD application that is used for collecting sales leads.

This course is the perfect way to become familiar with Express.js and how to use it with Node.js. Express is a minimal and flexible Node.js web application framework that provides a robust set of features for web and mobile applications.



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Learn Python basics with this in-depth video course

If you’ve been wanting to learn Python, you’re in luck. Mike Dane created this in-depth video course for Python. It’s 4 and a half hours, so it will probably take you at least a weekend to go through.

In this video, Mike will walk you through important Python concepts, and help you build some basic projects in Python.

Another good single video course on Python.

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CSS Full Course – Includes Flexbox and CSS Grid Tutorials

Learn CSS in this complete 83-part course for beginners. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) tell the browser how to display the text and other content that you write in HTML.

This course I created will teach you everything you need to know to get started with CSS3, including flexbox and CSS grid.


I have downloaded this video and watched it a few times to get an idea CSS Grid and Flexbox which are critical for web layout and design.  I’m still only getting about 50% of it but it is so powerful.

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Self-Taught Developer’s Survival Guide: The Best Online Learning Resources for Web Developers

Welcome back to the Self-Taught Developer’s Survival Guide! I’m very excited about this week’s entry because it addresses one of the key concerns facing aspiring web developers: Where is the best place for me to learn? There are a lot of options out there on the web, from blogs to full courses to ebooks, and […]

I actually have computer science degrees back when the big tech improvement was the 96 column punch card and “Structured Cobol”.   Since then I have been self-taught and only dedicate time to technologies that I think are successful and current.  This means I spend quite a bit of time figuring out whats hot and what is a waste.  I’m often wrong and respect the failure in order to appreciate the lesson.

Tech is changing so much there isn’t any degree based program that is going to be accurate or useful.  The trick is learning how to learn better.  I love this article for just that reason.

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I Tried a Hard Coding Challenge Again and Ended Up Learning a lot

One of my biggest struggles with learning to code is that I want to rush through tutorials quickly and tell myself I have mastered the material because I finished the one page lesson. On top of that, I don’t spend a lot of time trying to go deep in depth analyzing how the new skill […]

I also think if I watch a couple of videos and write some sample code I understand the tech.  I have revised my levels of knowledge.

  1. I suck at this, I should not talk about it or pretend I know anything
  2. I don’t suck at this, I could explain what I think it is
  3. I’m ok at this, I can explain this and use it in an actual solution
  4. I can teach this, I know how this thing works and could show others

Watching a few videos moves me from a 1. to a 2.  Until I write something that has a purpose I never move to 3.  To get to 4. I have to spend time almost every day for a few months.   I have quite a few 2.’s and realize I need a reason to move all of those to 3.’s.

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Keeping Up With Change: On-the-Job Learning

After I had been at Lucid for a few months and was at least somewhat familiar with our code base, all the JavaScript was converted to TypeScript in the space of a few days. Angular 1 also changed drastically and became Angular 2. The languages, libraries, … more

Lucid seems to be more dedicated to training and skill updates that just about any other company I have done work for.  Weekly Tech talks,  regular group classes, smaller specific classes and, one-time workshops.  School never ends,  learning is continuous, change is the only constant.  If you expect your employer to train you, you will be disappointed.  You are responsible for learning and teaching yourself new technologies.

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5 Easy Hacks To Quickly Learn Any Programming Language

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In today’s society, everything we do has some form of software programming involved. Whether it’s navigating through the various applications we have on our phone, browsing our favorite websites during downtime, or inputting critical data into a software at work – programming surrounds our daily interactions. As companies increasingly look for ways to cut cost…

This may sound obvious to some but all the same.

  • Learn fundamentals, YouTube is s great starting point
  • Seek help, Google is your best friend
  • eBook on commutes, tough if you drive a car
  • Read and tinker, experiment
  • Personal Challange

Recently I forced myself to learn Swagger, YAML and Swagger2Markup in order to produce better API documentation.  Yes, it was tough but, I know more, I’m worth more and it’s a hoot when it all works.

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