Learning, Design & Technology by Mike Taylor

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 15, 2019

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. Carl T. Rowan

We’ve been getting an early blast of winter around here this week. No matter when the snow and colder weather arrive, I’m never quite ready for it. I am ready to celebrate my son and I both starting another trip around the sun this weekend and spending some time with our family.

Here a this week’s finds from the Learning, Design & Technology world.

Thanks for reading!


Last week’s most clicked item:
The Cognitive Science Behind Learning That Resonates: The AGES Model


Scientists pinpoint the fastest way to learn something new

Scientists say they have cracked the code on the optimal level of difficulty to speed up learning. According to a new study researchers discovered a learning sweet spot — the point at which training is neither too easy nor too hard. In the sweet spot, learners make errors about 15 percent of the time, but their learning progresses fastest and additional effort has the biggest payoff.

https://www.inverse.com/article/60673-learning-optimal-difficulty-level


Mental Habits that Support Lifelong Learning

Just like organizations need to build the right mental models for creating a learning organization, individuals need to build mental habits that enable lifelong learning. In this post Tanmay Vora (@tnvora) summarizes a chapter of John Kotter’s book “Leading Change” on the mental habits that support lifelong learning

Mental Habits that Support Lifelong Learning


How E-Learning can be more beneficial for Learners than Classroom Trainings

Eckart Fischer (@EckartFischer) writes about the factors that has the people in his organization asking for more elearning. Things like trust, speed and treating people like adults. What a novel idea, huh?

How E-Learning can be more beneficial for Learners (!) than Classroom Trainings


Meet Your Learning Goals With 20 Questions [podcast]

In this epsiode of The Speexx Exchange Podcast, Donald Taylor (@twitter.com/donaldhtaylor) talks with IKEA’s Jeff Kortenbosch (@jeffkortenbosch) about 20 Questions that can help you meet your learning goals.

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/speexx/the-speexx-exchange-podcast-with-donald-taylor/e/64142171


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – The Greatest Unanswered Question in Psychology Today

Listen in to what the guy who recognised and named the psychological concept of flow, has to say about shaping your future.

https://www.successpodcast.com/show-notes/2019/11/6/mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-the-greatest-unanswered-question-in-psychology-today


Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Tools & Resources

What I’m Listening To:

  • Looks like the 100 songs on this Chillout Classics playlist will power me through everything on my to-do list today as I huddle next to my heater to stay warm..

For more check out the upcoming conference schedule or the L&D webinars and professional development events calendar by Kari Knisely (@KariKnisely)

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