Learning about Designer Frank Lloyd Wright


I learned the other week that one of the newly named UNESCO world heritage sites is three blocks away from me! This sent me down many rabbit holes of curiosity to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright. My favorite sources were:

1. Ken Burns documentary

2. Looking at real estate listings of FLW homes for sale

3. Checking out FLW artifacts on EBay and other auction sites

4. Videos from the Guggenheim…especially the one showing his mile high skyscraper design which seemed like a creative autobiography

5. Interview video on YouTube with Mike Wallace from the 50s.

6. Visit to Monona Terrace with the excellent photo displays

7. Field Trip to Spring Green for the Taliesin highlights tour and also poking around the countryside to see other buildings he designed

Frank Lloyd Wright was quite the creative and productive designer…over 1000 designs with about half built. Some of his most famous buildings like the Guggenheim or our Monona Terrace here in Madison were designed when he was in his late 80s. I was most interested in the unique school of architecture he got going at his home in WI and AZ where students have to design and build a structure to stay in.

It’s fun to get curious about something and see how you can research it or learn about it in your own way.

Manager or Leader – Your Choice


This is a guest article to our site.

Most people wouldn’t think that there is a distinction between the role of a manager and that of a leader. It’s easy to understand why, as many of the best professionals can be both, assuming the scope of their managerial role allows it.

 

So, what exactly is the difference between a manager and a leader?

 

As many key thinkers in business have pointed out, the distinction is actually a rather large one, and it’s all to do with timeframes.

 

The key responsibilities of a manager

 

A manager, generally, is someone who is in charge of making the absolute most out of the short term. That’s what a good manager does: keep everything regarding the essential operations of a business running smoothly. This is an absolutely vital role, as without someone there to conduct the orchestra, very little music is going to get played.

 

The focus of someone in this role should revolve around the delivery of the short-term – those immediate goals, targets and tasks – as well as resolving problems and enforcing policies. They are the day-to-day delegators, and without things going well in the short term, there is no chance of anything working in the long term.

 

One way to understand the duties of a manager is to think of a kitchen. The last person on the line would usually spend their time assigning tasks, keeping everyone on time and ultimately, making sure that the end product leaving the window meets their standards. That’s a lot like the responsibility of a manger. They are overseeing the rest of the work that is being done to ensure it is all executed correctly and well, meeting the right goals and to the right policies.

 

However, just as the man at the end of the kitchen line might not have necessarily produced the menu, the manager may not necessarily have set the goals. This, of course, all depends on the individual set-up of that business. Generally speaking though, while a manager can be a leader, they are unlikely to also adopt this role.

 

The key responsibilities of a leader

 

While a manager generally looks over the short term, a leader oversees the long term. They are the people who set the vision for a company to follow for years to come. In other words, they write the menu.

 

In some businesses, as we’ve mentioned, there’s crossover. Often this is the case in smaller companies, where it is possible for one individual to be responsible for both the short- and long-term operations. However, as an organisation grows, the reality is that overseeing both the day-to-day ongoing and future strategies of a business simply becomes too much for one employee to undertake. Therefore, having separation in these roles is much more efficient.

 

That being said, many of the skills employed in both roles are very similar. Things like organisation, emotional intelligence, curiosity and a respect for the views of others are all vital for great managers and great leaders alike.

 

Criticisms of the role of managers can be common

 

Many seem to be confused and are in fact rather disparaging about the role of the manager. This usually stems from the fact that the differences between these two roles are largely debated. Some do appreciate the need for managers alongside leaders, such as Halelly Azulay, author of Employee Development on a Shoestring, whose thoughts on business leaders are expressed in an Me Learning article exploring communication and negotiation.

 

Others though – including many business journalists such as William Arruda, careers writer at Forbes and Natalie Walters of Business Insider – imply that being a manager is simply a failure in being good leader. To them, the title of manager seems to mean someone in charge who is not doing a very good job, or could be doing a better one. For example, in Arruda’s Forbes article, he says that “leaders are unique, managers copy”.

 

While being a leader may require more creativity and imaginative scope, to say that managers copy is a rather blunt way of looking at a difficult job. Besides, great managers are often very innovative. The fact that they are innovative in a rather more day-to-day manner – as opposed to being innovative in the sense of imagining and working towards a more distant goal – should not mean that their creative contributions are completely overlooked.

 

Walters of Business Insider has a similarly downward view on managers, stating that they see a problem, while leaders see an opportunity. In reality, some things are problems and others are opportunities: good managers and good leaders should be capable of recognising both.

 

However, despite these criticisms of managers, most agree that the main distinctions between the roles are their focuses on either the short or long term.

 

Understanding and appreciating the roles of both managers and leaders

 

There are two key reasons why the time distinction is the most useful lens to view these labels through. It seems to be the one commonality across people’s views on managers and leaders, and is also the one which is most in line with the reality of what most managers actually do.

 

A manager – at least in the case of most companies – doesn’t make the long-term decisions, and instead is the head of an office branch, as an example. While we appreciate that there is some fluidity in the meaning of these words, there doesn’t seem to be much value in simply talking down a role while it remains so vitally important throughout so many companies.

 

When it comes down to it, the work of managers and leaders need to complement one another. To say a manager is simply a bad leader is to fundamentally misinterpret their contribution to business. Showing respect to the authoritative positions in a company which fall below the senior level – which is generally where a manager’s role is considered to be – is something that can have a great deal of benefit for companies.

 

The Global Leadership Forecast, published by DDI, The Conference Board, and the EY has two conclusions very relevant to this discussion. Firstly, they show that organisations which extend development of high potential talent below the top positions are 4.2 times more likely to financially outperform those who don’t. To reiterate this importance, four out of ten tech leaders are failing the higher rate of any industry, with the high failure rate being believed to be hugely influenced by the fact that so little effort is put into leadership development.

 

At all levels, companies need to make more of an effort to develop leaders. Looking down on managers, who perform just as vital a role in the success of any company, is not only unhelpful, but a potentially costly mistake. Whether you want to be a manager, leader or both is your choice, but each has a vital role to play.

 

Top Online Innovation Training Courses and Workshops

Strategize, design, and innovate with these online workshops we’ve developed.

Innovation is the future, and we’re here to help. Innovation Learning provides online innovation training courses and programs to help you develop key fundamental innovation and leadership skills for your life and organization. Here are six workshops for you to try at every stage of the innovation process:

1. Leading and Facilitating Innovation

This program focuses on teaching you practical actions you can use to lead your organization and facilitate your team through. Through the workshop, you’ll complete 20+ activities that you can adapt and continue to use at your organization.

2. Entrepreneur Innovation

Are you an entrepreneur constantly looking for a way to grow your business and stand out from the competition? This online innovation training course will walk you step-by-step through the innovation process, with real examples used at every stage. Take these lessons and develop your own innovation project, such as designing a new product, service, or marketing strategy. Gain powerful insights into whatever problem you are working on.

3. Innovative Mindset

You’ll never move forward in your organization if you hold onto the old and never try to transform. To begin, you need to change your mindset and have the confidence to try new and different things in work and life. This online innovation course is designed to help you cultivate a mindset for innovation through awareness of your thinking as both an asset and a liability. You’ll learn techniques for changing your behavior to act quicker.

4. Systematic Innovation

This program is designed to facilitate individuals, groups, or companies through the idea development process. The workshops will teach you the innovation process, help you identify areas in your organization for innovation, and discuss how to best innovate within your company.

5. Starting Your Innovation Project

Are you looking to create or develop something meaningful this year? This program will help you discover where to start and will show you a process you can use to develop your innovative project. Through the design thinking framework, you’ll cultivate critical thinking skills necessary to create a new product, service, business, book, website, and more!

6. Learn to Innovate at Higher Levels

Our last online course will help you advance as a professional or as an entrepreneur. You’ll take your skills one step further by discovering activities designed to innovate at higher levels and gaining insights obtained from hundreds of prominent business leaders. What are you waiting for?

With these six online innovation training courses, you will be able to reflect, experiment, and adapt your processes in order to revolutionize your company’s products and services. You’ll develop skills that can be used in any industry at any time, and you’ll even be prepared to teach others how they can develop an innovative mindset as well!

Learn more on our innovation and design thinking resource blog.

How can you dream bigger and better?

I attended a Big Dream Gathering event recently where people elected to post their dreams to a wall. These dreams essentially encompassed their goals in life. Big things they wanted to realize. But I was shocked. Many of the dreams I saw were not really big dreams, or even admirable goals…but aspirations to mediocrity. Safe bets. These posts were dreams of University of Wisconsin students who chose to attend a Big Dream event. They were certainly qualified to be big dreamer (we all are) and they had already achieved a big dream by enrolling at a great institution like the University of Wisconsin in Madison, one of the country’s best places to live. Needless to say through, many of their dreams now were hardly as big.

The first dream I saw on the wall was to “help my friend get a job in Madison.” The dream sheet said that the friend is getting a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Should be pretty doable to get a job with that degree. The next dream was “to graduate.” Pretty doable…more than 85 percent do. The third I saw was the most alarming…”pass Math 222.” The dream wasn’t to get an A or even a B…but to pass. A grade of D would mean dream realized. These students can dream bigger. They have a lot greater potential than the dreams they elected to share. But what I was noticing was that many did not have a very long term view of their own lives…their dreams were things that could be realized within the year. Also, the dreams seemed too small to fail instead of too big to inspire. Plus, many of the dreams were not specific or unique…they were trying to hit the mean, be normal, do what everyone else does, and be a part of the herd.  But one thing we’ve definitely learned here in the state of Wisconsin: If you are just part of the herd, expect to get milked!


Later on in the evening, it occurred to me that many of these people had actually already realized big dreams. If you are accepted to and attend the University of Wisconsin, or any great university, that’s a big dream! That’s something you look back and take pride in your entire life going forward. From what I could see, many of these people who had achieved a laudable dream like this were already failing to continue dreaming big—to push the pedal to the metal and give their own vehicle some acceleration in life. No. Instead, they were shooting for the mean—to be normal.

I talked to a guy I met there, Kevin, who was achieving his dreams. He grew up on the southside of Chicago, loved microscopes as a kid, and wanted to be a scientist and fight cancer. So, as a student, he sent 200 inquiries for internships and got one. He dreamed big and took action…and he is. We talked about the kinds of dreams we saw posted on the wall and both agreed with the desire to “fit in” and be normal as well as the short term view that people had vs. the long term view or vision necessary for dreaming big dreams.

I am aware that a dream like “graduate from college” is actually a very big dream when compared to the population of the world. Less than 7% of people in this world do! The point is that, once you get to college and graduate from college, you need to keep dreaming…and dreaming big…and in our time of rapid change and acceleration..dreaming the things that may not even seem possible.

Also, I saw some of the BIG DREAMS were things I’d actually done…they seemed really big while I was a mediocre high school student in a small rural town, but while I was doing them they were easier than they seemed. Some of these students expressed their dreams to get a Ph.D., start a business, or reach one million people through their own work. And I’ve realized those dreams myself, for instance. This made me see that I can go bigger…and that the big things weren’t that big when you actually are doing them…they seemed big. AND, that I want to help people also achieve these dreams, dream bigger and better in their life, and take action towards those dreams. I am grateful to have learned the art of dreaming and achieving while I was in college. I hope others can also learn it at that critical stage. This event was a start but they need to seek on their own now.

Go wild. Some of the dreams I had require a medical breakthrough or new technology to be created…but at the rate of technology acceleration, this is quite possible and probable. So, we need to dream bigger and more unrealistically because reality is becoming unrealistic.


A motivational speaker that inspired me when I started my dreaming journey, Les Brown says, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” It’s OK to not achieve a big dream…but you will achieve more meaningful things on a journey to a big dream than if you didn’t have a dream or one so small achieving it is almost guaranteed. Some may not go for big dreams because they feel like they would need to achieve it. If they didn’t achieve it, it would be a failure. No, that’s not how this dreaming business works. Dreams not achieved are not failures because when you pursue a dream who end up oftentimes achieving something worthy (maybe different, but better than your original dream). You also learn new things you can apply in your next round of dreaming and doing.


What are some of your big dreams? Things that are BIG (maybe don’t even seem possible) and far out into the future. How about 5 years from now? 10 years? 20 years? With the acceleration of opportunities maybe your 20 year dream could be realized in 2 years? You never know unless you dream and do.

We need to learn how to dream bigger and better. How can your dreams leverage the best of you…your specific strengths, passionate interests, values, and what the world needs? Many of us were never taught how to dream for the future…much less how to strategically work toward realizing a big dream. How do you learn that? By doing it. Let’s do it now. Grab some paper, your favorite note-taking app on a mobile device (I like Google Keep), or your computer.

Take action to learn to be a bigger and better dreamer.
Start small. Take dreaming action now.

What is a thing you could do now to dream big? Here’s an idea. Spend 3 minutes with your eyes closed visualizing the future you want in 5 years. Describe that future vision in a note or draw it out on a sheet of paper.

Next, based on that future vision, write each specific dream that is a part of that future vision out on it’s own note or sheet of paper. Get specific and go big. What do you have now and what do you need to do?

Now, what is something you can do today, a tiny thing, to start momentum and action towards a big dream. Start small and take action again. What can you do today to move towards that dream? Do it. Dreaming and doing takes courage. Dreaming and doing with courage leads to more courage and more dreaming.

For now…just get started visualizing the future and dreaming big and specific! We go deeper into this process in our “design thinking your career for your life” online program. We’ve brought this program to universities across the country and I’m motivated to help more people (students and anyone) who can benefit from dreaming bigger and better! Our world needs this now more than ever.

Reflect on this…and let us know in the comments!

What do you think the state of big dreaming is today?
How have you learned how to dream bigger and better?
How can you be strategic with taking action on your dreams?

No Tech is the New Tech

No Tech is the New Tech

no tech is the new tech
“No tech is the new tech.”
– Darin Eich

What does this quote mean to you?

I’ve been thinking about this one for some time. When do we need no tech? Who needs no tech, and when?

In the world of innovation, the application and use of new technologies is a focus. Paradoxically, it seems like there is an emerging trend or interest now for “no technology” at important times from many people. This could be times when one needs to “disconnect,” or a focus on less “screen time” for kids, or teens becoming too addicted to their phones, or adults checking email or social media compulsively. Sometimes we need to go inward and not into a device.

There have been creative interventions to help people disconnect. These range from depositing your mobile devices into a “phone jail” before a class or meeting, or friends turning their phones screen side down during dinner and the first one to turn their device over has to pay the bill. Also, people have found success with not bringing their phone with them into their bedroom before bed to prevent social media scrolling while one should be sleeping. Others have gone so far as to uninstall Facebook from their phone. Some block off a certain amount of time in their schedule to read and respond to emails, instead of continuously.

If you are part of an organization looking to create the latest product or service for your customers…consider “no tech” as a new tech to work on applying. Many customers don’t want a solution with the latest technology or a chatbot…they want a solution with no technology powered by a human. So, in addition to many of the new technologies that can be benefical…add no tech to the list.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very interested in new technologies and their application. I just believe that “no tech” should be one of those technologies at times.

How to learn and develop a skill in steps

Learning to Swim [Innovate] Again

How to develop a big skill in small steps

With so much change happening in our world and important new things to learn, the skill of how we can learn to do new things (or old things in new ways) has become critical. How do we learn and develop skill? It is never too late to learn something new (again).

I took swimming lessons as a kid. Beginner. I think I may have failed intermediate. I don’t like putting my face underwater. It’s hard for me to float and I doggie paddle to get places.

At age 41 I decided it was time for me to learn how to swim again. My wife is a good swimmer and I asked her to give me a couple of lessons. We have a lake near our place in Madison, Wisconsin called Lake Wingra. They have a beach there, but it’s a pretty weedy lake.

I started to swim in the lake. Most people don’t because of the weeds and occasional beach closing due to harmful bacteria. I’ve found it to be fun though. The lake is surrounded by an Arboretum and plenty of trees.  There are also cool birds there, like big herons who fly over like World War II bombers and catch fish in the lake.

The first few times I went swimming I would do my usual doggie paddle and backstroke. Always keeping my head above water.

After a few times of going swimming by myself, my wife came with and gave me a swimming lesson. It was amazing the little things I didn’t know, like keeping your fingers together so your hand acts more like a fin.

It was a little embarrassing with people watching as my wife held me to back float. It was something you see a parent do with a 7 year old. That day I wore her swim goggles, not with the intention of putting my face in the water, but just to wear them as a first step. BUT, I over-performed that day and went the extra step. I tried putting my face in the water and swimming. I coughed a lot. Then I tried a little more, and a little more. It was a victory! I had done some swimming underwater. I had also tried breathing and then putting my face in the water. I looked like a gasping fool and my wife had quite a laugh.

Two days later we went swimming again. I was committed. It was 65 degrees and raining but we still biked to the lake. This time it was interesting. The University of Wisconsin Badgers were playing their first home football game of the year less than a mile away at Camp Randall. You could hear the cheering of the fans and the announcer from the lake. We knew when there was a touchdown. I love watching the games but I was committed to swimming. This time I did more than last. I swam a number of 250 feet lengths with being underwater and breathing. It was still a mess but it was much better than last time.

Two days later I devised a new routine. I would bike 20 minutes to a favorite coffeeshop. At the coffeeshop I would change into my swim trunks and bike to the lake on the way home. I would put my bike down next to the water and do my swimming. This time I did much better with the breathing. I even swam 12 lengths of the beach with 5 of those being underwater. It was difficult, but it was more than I’d ever done.

Improving a little more each time was now becoming habit. Two days later I biked to my coffeeshop and stopped at the lake on the way back. This time my freestyle stroke was better than it had ever been. The breathing looked more like a real person. I swam 14 lengths of the beach and 7 of those were underwater, including 1 where I experimented with a new underwater stroke in addition to the freestyle.

Each time was better than the last. I made a habit of going swimming every two days. I knew if I could do 3, 4, or even 5 or more times every other day and focused on the underwater swimming and breathing I could make progress even if it was very difficult at first. I had “key performance indicators” like how many breaths I could take in one nonstop swim, how many lengths I could swim, how relaxed I could be, how fast I could go, how little I could exhale or inhale, etc. I could compare myself to the last time on a number of measures, and then I could track these things on a spreadsheet or reflectively like in this article. I also documented it and am sharing it. This has helped me learn to swim again.

What in your personal life or work life could you learn how to do again? What could you commit yourself to making little consistent improvements on? How could you work on innovating yourself to a whole new level and do something you may not have thought you could do?

Project Based Learning to Innovate

I’ve recently had two of the most powerful learning experiences of my professional career. Both experiences involved projects in which I accepted a new challenge. One, I found and interviewed 107 innovative leaders at a wide variety of organizations to learn how they were learning and doing innovation. Two, based on things I learned while doing those interviews, I did something I’d never done before…acquired another web business.

Project Based Learning

I’ll describe both of these in more detail in future articles. But…a key thing I learned was that to learn innovation you have to do innovation. It isn’t enough to keep reading books, blogs, tweets, or watching TED Talks online. You have to do. Take on a challenge to develop something new. As a result of doing that, you learn the knowledge and skills needed along the way through seeking information online and talking to people….and then taking action and implementing changes as you go. I recommend developing something you’ve never built before…but that thing you develop is still is a complimentary fit with you or your organization.

I’ve done this “project” before with writing a book, designing a website, building apps, conducting a research study, starting a business, and now acquiring another business that someone was selling. I’ve spent years in graduate school reading articles and writing papers but I’ve developed the most skill through these different projects where I had to develop something new for real purposes.

What is a challenge or project you would like to take on? Remember, you learn most not by reading what others write, taking tests, listening to podcasts, etc…but by actually doing and creating for yourself. Developing something for real and for you.

What innovation project could you work on? The goal is to develop something new that you’ve never done before that could be useful to you or your organization. I recommend this entrepreneurial innovation online course that will walk you through identifying a challenge or project in your sweet spot and then generating and developing ideas for it.

If you do the activities in the online course and engage in real project based learning, please leave a comment or send me a message to let me know what project you are working on!

Innovate how you Present & Facilitate

I wrote a version of this article for Facilitator U to share my “innovative facilitator” journey story. Inspired by this, I’m offering an innovative facilitator coaching program to help you innovate how you facilitate, present, and lead others through the innovation process.

Innovate how you Facilitate

Have you heard the anecdote about planting a tree? They say the best time to plant a tree was years ago, the next best time is today.

Is it time to innovate how you present or facilitate? Do you need to redesign your classic workshops or sessions or integrate new activities, tools, or techniques after learning more about your audience, often only after arriving on the scene? Do you need to implement new ideas on the spot while you are in front of the group based on what is happening…or isn’t happening?

You can meet all of these challenges with innovation. If you find yourself doing the same things over and over again and your events are feeling stagnant, it may be time to innovate how you facilitate.

When I started my career I wanted to be a speaker. I wanted to motivate audiences and help them learn and develop their leadership skills. I went to graduate school to learn how to design programs to help people become better leaders.

I was shocked to learn that research on effective learning didn’t match what I was doing. I learned that when people just listened to a speaker, very little learning happened. And here I was telling my audience things I’d read in other people’s books. I even used Power Point slides and bullet pointed ideas I’d read in other people’s books! Even while I was discovering that people learned best when engaged in real activities, having conversation and reflection with others, and working on real projects…I wasn’t doing these things myself. I was still stuck in the old “sit and get” paradigm!

Then, as I began research for my dissertation, I interviewed stakeholders of some of the most high-impact leadership development programs I could find. From over 60 learning leaders, I heard firsthand the types of program experiences that most impacted their leadership development and lives. It wasn’t the lectures they heard but the activities, the projects, the relationships, the reflective experiences that most positively affected them.

Then I got it. Now I knew that I had to change because I’d heard it face to face from so many people. I had to shift from lecturing to facilitation. It was uncomfortable for me to cut out so many of my great tips and instead, have them connect with each other to do activities that I would design and facilitate.

This was a big change and it was a little scary. However, I soon discovered that I actually enjoyed the design of keynotes, workshops, programs, and activities more than I enjoyed scripting speeches. I enjoyed the improvisational nature of facilitation better than I enjoyed trying to remember the exact words to say and saying them. There was the “fear of public speaking” anxiety with this new and innovative way. This was my first big experience with innovating how I facilitate. It took me a while to change but I’m glad I did and over 1 million people have gotten the chance to experience activities I’ve designed or facilitated. This wouldn’t have been the case if I didn’t have the catalyst to innovate how I facilitate.

Innovation CoachingSo what is your challenge to innovate?

Like me, do you need to help people learn and develop in a greater way, increase engagement, be more authentic, reduce your anxiety in front of a group, respond to changes on the scene and in the moment? Do you just need to freshen up what you’re doing and add new tools, techniques, strategies, models, and ideas to your practice as a facilitator or leader?

To innovate, we respond to a challenge (either a problem or opportunity) with new actionable ideas…and these actions will have a positive impact.

You can apply the innovation process for yourself by:

1. Picking a facilitation challenge you want to work on.
2. Gathering ideas that could be solutions or new things to try.
3. Actually launching your new ideas when you are in front of a group.

ACTION

Try a simple innovation activity yourself. What is a challenge that comes to mind? It could be long-term challenge like redesigning a future workshop, meeting, keynote, etc. It could also be an “in the moment” challenge like ideas for what you could do when the group seems to be disengaged.

1. What is a facilitation challenge you have?

2. List at least 10 ideas for what you might do to address that challenge?

3. Based on your ideas…what will you choose to try and when?

Do you want to innovate how you facilitate with 1:1 help from Darin? I’m offering an innovative facilitator training program to help you innovate how you facilitate, present, and lead others through the innovation process. This is good for directors, facilitators, speakers, and those offering leadership development or innovation services.

Internet of Things Trend for New Ideas & Innovation

Internet of Things Workshop Toolkit

What is the “internet of things?” What does it mean? You probably have a smartphone, tablet, or perhaps a TV (or at least a device that connects to your TV) that allows information to flow online. Maybe you have a fitness tracker or fancy scale that collects data and shares it with you to assess yourself, get motivated, and make better health decisions. Perhaps your car gathers and shares information thanks to sensors — or you can track the location of the bus you want thanks to GPS and an app on your phone.

You and your devices are already a part of the internet of things. Get ready for that smart fridge next. Understanding, creating new ideas, and innovating with this “internet of things” trend could help you and your things be more effective, save money and energy, and benefit your work and life.

This IoT article and these videos and slides are helpful, visual explanations full of practical examples to help you understand the internet of things…and the potential future of it.


21 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

21 Websites That Will Make You SmarterA LifeHack article named UniversityWebinars.org as one of “21 websites that will make you smarter in every way.” It’s great to see an idea that you built become something that is useful to a large amount of people!

The LifeHack article includes a great list of sites that I admire including CreativeLive, Coursera, Evernote, and BBC Languages. Give the article a visit to find some new tools for learning and check out UniversityWebinars.org if you haven’t yet.