Happy Friday! I had the best time last weekend at our local curling club. I learned a lot – especially that curling is a lot more challenging that it looks. Just imagine sliding a 40lb stone 150 feet across ice and getting it to stop where you want it to. If you ever get a chance I highly recommend giving it a try.
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What I’m Listening to: It is rainy and cold here today which makes me feel like some calm Lo-Fi sounds are in order.
Last week’s most clicked item:
The War Against Forgetting
Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil
Our minds take shortcuts to get through the day. Usually they’re harmless. Even helpful. But what happens when they’re not? In this webinar, Dave will use real-world examples to identify some particularly nasty biases that frequently lead us to make bad decisions. He’ll also talk about some content strategy and design choices we can use in our designs to redirect or eliminate the impact of those biases.
Your memory is lying to you. Here’s how.
Our memories are not reality. A memory is the pattern of neural activity that represents the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, information, and language that you experienced when you learned something. When this neural circuit is reactivated, you experience a memory. Recalling memories is not a passive process. Every time we recall a memory, it changes, and we store this “2.0 version” over the older version in our brain. With each retelling, the memory drifts further and further away from the original memory.
Connecting Through Storytelling: Unleash the Power of Compelling Communication
Stories are scientifically proven to help build relationships and drive listeners to action. A good story is a powerful communication tool—especially in a time when people are bombarded by new messages every day. Help your team increase its effectiveness by using storytelling to create authentic, meaningful, and memorable connections.
In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship
Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curation of “cross-disciplinary interestingness” that scours the world of the web and beyond for share-worthy tidbits. Here, she considers how new approaches to curation are changing the way we consume and share information.
The Seven Habits That Lead to Happiness in Old Age
Your well-being is like a retirement account: The sooner you invest, the greater your returns will be. Happiness tends to decline throughout young adulthood and middle age, bottoming out at about age 50. After that, it heads back up again into one’s mid-60s. Then something strange happens. Older people split into two groups as they get old: those getting much happier, and those getting much unhappier. Which one will you be in?
Bonus: You can catch the author Arthur Brooks on the Daily Stoic podcast
- Applying Marketing to L&D with Hannah Waddams on the L&D Disrupt podcast
- The link between learning design and habit design with Britt Andreatta on the Learning While Working podcast
- Bringing joy to craft of instructional design with Karl Richter on the Instructional Redesign podcast
- Snapdrop is like Airdrop for Windows. Super easy way to transfer file on the same network.
- Useful hack to view office files in your browser without downloading
- Simple URL Tricks for Google Drive You Should Know
- Pagify lets you convert your Google Doc to a website in less than 30 seconds
- Alfread is a mobile app that connects with the items you save to Pocket or Instapaper and then actually read them.
- TICE Online – March 22-24
- PACT Professional Portfolios – May
- Canadian Elearning Conference – June 16-17
- Elearn Success Series: The EdTech Session – July 20
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