“A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought — they must be earned.” -Naval Ravikant
Happy Friday! I really love what I do yet sometimes you are just glad to make it to the end of the work week. I´m looking forward to some family time this weekend and I hope whatever you have on your agenda brings a smile to your face. I also hope these things from the learning, design, and technology world this week bring you a little something worthwhile too. Have a great weekend! Cheers!
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What You Need to Know About Cognitive Load A Conversation with John Sweller
If you are a learning professional or if just about anything else for that matter, you can benefit from understanding important aspects of how people learn. John Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory is a great place to start.
How To Accelerate Client Learning (Using Spaced Repetition)
Sean D’Souza (@seandsouza) explores how spaced repetition can improve learning in this thorough piece. When you’re done with this one, do yourself a favor a browse some of his other great posts too.
Three Options are Optimal for Multiple-Choice Questions: A Meta-Analysis of 80 Years of Research
Researchers have endorsed 3-option items for over 80 years with empirical evidence—the results of which have been synthesized in an effort to unify this endorsement and encourage its adoption. This just might change your view on a topic you’ve probably not given much thought.
Learning by teaching others is extremely effective—a new study tested a key reason why
In this study, researchers suggest that ‘the benefits of the learning-by-teaching strategy are attributable to retrieval practice; that is, the robust learning-by-teaching strategy works but only when the teaching involves retrieving the taught materials.
How to Link Images for Super Fast Content Updates
Check this post if you could ever benefit from a technique to create PowerPoint and/or Word documents in a way that allows for quick and easy updates. It has been hiding right under your nose this whole time!
Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany
A few other things just because I can.
- 10 Awesome Places to Download Free Vector Art
- A collection of free sound effects for your multimedia projects
Apps & Tools
- Squiqr – Slick digital business card app for sharing your contact information automatically without any typing, etc.
- iTube Studio – Chrome extension for downloading online videos from YouTube. Upgrade to the paid version to download from Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitch, and others like BBC, Hulu, and Yahoo.
Books, Podcasts, Courses:
- The ElearningGuild has unlocked a big load of content worth checking out with your FREE membership.
- The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves by Annie Murphy Paul
- Dope Labs – a podcast that takes what’s trending and put it under the microscope with the help of some very smart (and cool) scientific friends.
What I’m listening to:
- Digging through the crates looking for something new this morning, with this Crate Diggers playlist
- The Learnapalooza Conference from Seattle looked pretty good this week
- I’m personally looking forward to HT2 Labs “Data, Nudges & Learning: A Guide to Enhancing Engagement” kicking off on Monday.
Looking for your next conference? I’ve recently updated my global collection of L&D events with new 2019 dates. Let me know if you see one I missed or have a new one to add.
You can find me at these UPCOMING EVENTS:
- June 17-18: Learning Tech Day, Gent, Belgium
- July 12: State of Ohio Training Association Keynote, Columbus, OH
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