Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | May 7, 2020

“The way organizations are designed and managed, the way people’s jobs are defined, create fundamental learning disabilities.”

Peter Senge

Happy Friday! If you haven’t already connected with this week’s Learning Solutions sessions, don’t miss the FREE pass to see a lot of great sessions. Demofest is happening today which is always a favorite. I’ll be participating in two sessions on Monday. Drop by and say hi!

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What I’m Listening to: Today I’m spinning some fun 80’s Covers – What’s not to love?

Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Use Plain Language Guidelines to Improve Learning Outcomes

A New Understanding of Effort

Why is it harder to watch a physics lecture than Netflix? Why does a cognitively demanding activity, like playing a video game, create a pleasurable state of flow, while math problems rarely feel that way? What makes something effortful?

Introducing “Interteaching”

Few battles rage hotter in education than the “teacher-centered” vs. “student-centered” debate. Should teachers be “sages” who explain ideas and procedures directly and precisely? Should we be “guides” who help students as they puzzle their way to discovery and understanding? Interteaching strikes a useful middle ground.

Let’s Get To Work With Productive Learning Strategies: Drawing

This post is one of a series that takes a look at one of Mayer & Fiorella‘s eight generative learning strategies – Drawing. They’re called generative (also productive) because they allow/force learners to ‘remould’ the subject matter and based on that, create their own output, such as a summary or a drawing. In other words, as a learner, you generate/produce something yourself based on and that goes further than what you’ve learned. In addition to mapping, Mayer and Fiorella also discuss summarising, drawing, imagining, self-testing, self-explaining, teaching, and enacting.

Algorithmic Nudges Don’t Have to Be Unethical

“Nudging” — the strategy of changing users’ behavior based on how apparently free choices are presented to them — has come a long way since the concept was popularized by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in 2008. With so much data about individual users and with the AI to process it, companies are increasingly using algorithms to manage and control individuals — and in particular, employees. Mareike Möhlmann looks at three ways that organizations can take advantage of these strategies while staying within ethical bounds: Creating win-win situations, sharing information about data practices, and being transparent about the algorithms themselves.

Innovation Isn’t Just About What You Know, It’s About Who You Talk To

In this article, Greg Satell says that it is becoming clear is that collaboration is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage and it’s not just what you know, but who you talk to, that will determine whether you succeed or fail. The better networks we build, the more likely it will be that we stumble across that random bit of information or insight that can help us solve an important problem.


Tools & Tips

  • Cut Out Pro – Magically remove unwanted elements & retouch images instantly
  • Sutle – Save and organize resources into a directed learning path
  • PixelTrue – Create great-looking mockups for free.
  • Zappy – All-in-one way to share screenshots, GIFs, and recordings (Mac only)
  • 440+ Free Sound Effects from Shutterstock

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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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