“How much more damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them.”Marcus Aurelius
It is fascinating how often the items I find for this newsletter form around a common theme. This week a theme has formed around how to learn which, since you’re reading this you’ll probably agree is very important. I also find it interesting that this particular topic is surfacing just as our schools are getting ready to restart on Monday. How’s that for timing!? (Now if I can just figure out a way to get my kids to read these.)
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.
Last week’s most clicked item:
Evidence-Based Ideas for Virtual Classroom Experiences
Scientific Strategies to Make Learning Stick
Sanjay Sarma, head of Open Learning at MIT and Luke Yoquinto,a science writer who covers learning and education, share practical insights on how to optimize your learning including: Three simple tactics that drastically improve how we learn, Why you want the learning process to be difficult, and How to get into the optimal mental state for learning.
Accelerated Learning: Learn Faster and Remember More
People can end up stuck with a static amount of knowledge because we don’t just passively absorb new ideas and information. Learning something new requires active engagement. At FS, we see learning as part of our daily job. We get better to help you get better, and we give you the tools to learn.
The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage
So few adults have been trained in the core skills and mindsets of effective learners. Learning itself is a skill, and developing it is a critical driver of long-term career success. People who have mastered the mindsets and skills of effective learning can grow faster than their peers and gain more of the benefits from all the learning opportunities that come their way.
Harold Jarche’s ‘Working Smarter Field Guide’
Working Smarter with Personal Knowledge Mastery is a field guide for the networked knowledge worker by Harold Jarche. At 12 pages it provides a quick reference to PKM, especially for those new to the discipline.
Learning to Learn: On the Science of Memory and Effective Learning
One of the most useful and interesting things I learned in the last year was not so much a specific subject or skill but a meta-skill. I learned how to learn. Basically learning how we learn will show you how you go from being exposed to a new concept to eventually forming long-term neurological connections that we call memory you can use.
A few other things just because I can.
Here are three podcast episodes from this week that are worth a listen:
- Scientific Strategies to Make Learning Stick with Sanjay Sarma and Luke Yoquinto
- In this episode of the IDeacast Shirleen Wong talks about being named “Best Learning Designer 2020” by winning The Show as part of The Learning Con.
- The Learning Uncut podcast explores Lessons from converting and facilitating lessons online with Jennifer Waltmon, Dr Cathryn Lloyd and Chemene Sinson
Tools & Resources
If you like this section, you might also like my latest experiment – the L&D Toolbox daily newsletter.
- Web Captioner – Free, real-time captioning right in your web browser.
- Pikaso – Get a clean and clutter-free screenshot of any tweet.
- SupportAlly – Find out what browser your users are using, their operating system, and other browser details.
- Recast – a Quick & Easy Online Video Editor
- Monosnap – screenshot tool for Mac and PC with cloud storage.
- Better Than Bookmarks – Toby – Organize your browser tabs into Toby so you can access key resources in one-click instead of seven.
- Podcastle – Convert your favorite news and articles to podcasts
Conferences & Learning Events
Here are a couple of helpful resources if you’re looking for a L&D-related conference or webinar.
- Learn Audio Editing with Audacity with Myra Rolden in this free two week course.
- Check out the upcoming conference schedule
- L&D Webinars for this month by Limestone Learning
Where You Can Find Me
I love talking about learning, design, and technology. If you’re looking for a speaker, let’s talk! Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet.