The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 17, 2018

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“Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.”  – Dennis Waitley

Traveling is one of my favorite things…and so is getting back home. I think I’ve about readjusted to my own time zone and the kiddos are back to school again hitting the books. I’m encouraged by my 7th grader’s science teacher who is teaching the entire year in the context of a mission to Mars. Kinda makes me wish I could go back to 7th-grade science again. Since that’s not likely, I’ll just go ahead and share some of the learning, design and technology goodness I found for you this week.

How to leverage prior knowledge to enhance learning

Take a look behind a paper by Lydia Krabbendam, Martijn Meeter, and Marlieke Tina Renee van Kesteren to learn details about how existing memories can be harnessed to enhance learning. (@Nature_NPJ)

You can read the full paper “Integrating educational knowledge: reactivation of prior knowledge during educational learning enhances memory integration” here.

What makes one team smarter than another?

Dr. Anita Williams Woolley talks about how we tend to focus on individuals when trying to predict team performance and how the research actually shows that measuring collective intelligence is a far better indicator of success than any individual’s performance. Important things to know for building smarter teams!

Adding females tends to raise a team’s collective intelligence.

8 Skills For Learning And Development Professionals To Future Proof Your Career

Arun Pradhan (@arunzpradhan) thinks our profession is needed now more than ever – just not in its current form. I agree and you can read this post to form your own opinion. I’d love to hear what it is!

What is digital body language?

As digital interactions are becoming a larger, more important part of our lives this is a rich exploration of “digital body language” by Jo Cook (@lightbulbjo) gives you some things you should be thinking about.

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Conference News

Design Resources

Apps & Tools

  • Crello – Another design tool, like Canva, that makes it easy for anyone to make pro designs. They’ve made some nice improvements recently that are worth noting.


What I’m listening too

  • Did you know that James Taylor has a son who is also a musician? We played this Ben Taylor Band album while we were expecting and it is how our son, Ben, got his name.

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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