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P11 Breaking the Code Barrier: Making Your L&D Ideas Reality with NoCode Tools

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM PT
Tuesday, October 25

New types of #NoCode tools allow anyone to create automated workflows between their favorite apps and services to synchronize files, get notifications, collect data, and more. They can boost business productivity to get more done in less time and even create custom software tools and applications without needing to write any code. Until recently, the only people who could build things on the internet were a few ambitious people who spent months learning to code before publishing even the most basic website. With these new tools, though, anyone can turn ideas into reality and build tools that are custom-made for their L&D needs. It’s as easy as drag, drop, and deploy.

This workshop is perfect for those who want to take advantage of opportunities to adapt and leverage the right technologies at the right time to meet organizational goals. You will learn how to use various automation platforms and #NoCode tools to automate tedious manual tasks, send data between tools you are currently using, and create functional apps without writing any code. You will learn to create your own custom learning technology ecosystem components.

We will start with a few simple examples that will serve as building blocks. We will progress to creating an evidence-informed blended learning ecosystem consisting of four small prototypes that can be used separately or integrated. You will create apps for a variety of L&D tech-enabled functions including registration, communications, program notifications and approvals, and spaced learning, as well as options for managing digital learning content.

  • We’ll guide the participants into building a landing page with course registration and automated invitation for an intake with the program manager.

Tools involved: Carrd, Airtable, Zoom, and Calendly

  • Based on the intake, the administrator can approve the participant to access the program. This event triggers an email campaign that is spaced in time.

Tools involved: Airtable and MailerLite.

  • The course participant gets access to a course platform with (curated) content where the course admin can do numerous automated actions.

Tools involved: Notion + web clipper + Airtable

  • Learning is also spaced retrieval and repetition. We’ll build an automated system that sends small reminders, learning snacks, and challenges to the participant based on their preferred communication channel.

Tools involved: Airtable, Notion, Twilio/MS Teams/Slack

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to use a variety of task automation platforms, such as IFTTT, Zapier, and Make, which will enable you to spend less time doing operational tasks
  • How to introduce some of the options available for designing and creating websites and applications without involving (much, if any) code and engineering
  • How to organize all your important data with Airtable
  • How to build a landing page with course registration and automated invitation for an intake with the program manager
  • How to build an email campaign that is spaced in time
  • How to build a course platform with (curated) content where the course admin can perform numerous automated actions

Technology discussed:

#NoCode Tools, automation software (Zapier, Power Automate, etc.), email marketing (MailerLite, MaillChimp), data management (Airtable, etc.), and mobile apps, website builders, digital content tools (Zapier & Make Carrd MailerLite & Sendgrid Notion Airtable)

Prerequisite audience knowledge

Basic web and computer skills and access to an email account

Mike Taylor

Learning Consultant

Mike Taylor

With over two decades of real-life, in-the-trenches experience designing and delivering learning experiences, Mike Taylor understands that effective learning isn’t about the latest fad or trendy new tools. Known for his practical, street-savvy style, Mike is a regular and highly-rated speaker at industry events, and consults on learning design and technology at Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio. Mike holds an MBA degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree in educational technology from San Diego State University.

Mathias Vermeulen


Winston Wolfe

Mathias Vermeulen, the owner of Winston Wolfe Innovative HR Solutions, has an eight-year track record in L&D and HR management. He received Belgian Learning & Development Awards in 2010 & 2011 and a nomination for 2013. Topics for the 2011 & 2013 awards were in the game-based learning and gamification domain.