Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | January 7, 2022

“Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.”

Dr. David Sinclair

Happy Friday! We’ve made it to another fresh new year and getting back into the swing of things. Over the break I took a dive into some of the research on time-restricted eating by Dr. David Sinclair and I’m totally intrigued by his theories on aging. In short, everything we’ve been taught to believe about aging is wrong. If you’re curious, he has a new book out (Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To) and he also just started a podcast. The best part is that his suggestions for living longer are very doable – skip breakfast, exercise, tilt your diet towards more vegetables, etc. I’m giving it a go so stay tuned. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I’m enjoying this Fresh & Chill playlist that Spotify served up to me.

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Is there a skills gap in learning design?

In this post by Neil Mosely, look at the question that as learning experiences are becoming more complex, do the design skills exist to meet the challenge. His conclusion? Learning design should be a high priority in the years to come – equipping and developing more people with the skill and knowledge to design and plan experiences that provide a context for learning to happen is important.


4 Multiple-Choice Question Misunderstandings That Spell Trouble

Research shows that many multiple-choice questions are poorly written. One of the reasons they are poorly written is that many question writers have misunderstandings about multiple-choice questions. In this article, Patti Shank discusses 4 of these misunderstandings and what’s true instead.


In the Age of Disruption, Learning Needs to Get Agile

RedThread Research has been leading the way in delving into the key trends surrounding learning methods during this time of unparalleled disruption. Their new report, Next-gen learning methods: What to use, how to choose, and when to cut them loose explores how companies are leveraging learning methods in different ways to help employees develop.


Seven neuroscience backed-up facts for better learning experience design.

Anamaria Dorgo has collected this set of research on learning experience design. From trainers and learning experience designers to leaders, managers and even lifelong learners, we’ve all been trying to hack the learning process at least once in our lives. I have asked myself these question many times: What conditions need to be fulfilled for learning to happen? Why do we forget things we want to remember? Why do we remember things we never wanted to learn?


How to Build a Meaningful (and Massive) Community, From Someone Who’s Done it Twice

Want to build a thriving following for your brand—but have a tiny budget? Learn affordable yet effective community-building strategies from the marketing expert behind the communities at theSkimm and JIGGY puzzles.


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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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