Friday Find Finds — Retrieval Practice, Emotion & Learning, Microlearning Research

“If you want to be smart tomorrow, be curious today”

Happy Friday! We’re just about melting here this week. We got up to nearly 100F and it felt like it. Ohio isn’t a dry heat like Arizona and other places. It is humid and almost oppressive. Days like this make me appreciate the luxury of air conditioning and working from home. Hope you’re nice and comfy wherever you are today. Thanks for reading

What I’m Listening to:  Spotify recently created a cool way to “blend” your music with up to 10 friends. Since one of my main sources of new music is my daughter I’m listening to our blend today. It’s actually quite good! (We had a 62% match-whatever that means.)


Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Fill a Horizontal Slide With a Vertical Image

Sequence matters! Retrieval practice before generative learning is more effective than the reverse order

In a recent article in Learning and Instruction, Julian Roelle, Linda Froese, Rebecca Krebs, Niklas Obergassel, and Julia Waldeyer published an article discussing the effects of sequencing retrieval practice and generative learning. In other words, does it matter if, after reading a text learners, first carry out retrieval practice on what they’ve read followed by generative learning or vice versa. This was, of course, compared to reading a text twice.


Influences of Emotion on Learning & Memory

Emotion has a substantial influence on the cognitive processes in humans, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning, and problem solving. Emotion also helps encoding & information retrieval


Microlearning In 2022: Research, Benefits, Best Practices

To get the most from microlearning, you have to learn a few concepts, facts, and best practices first. This “decidedly non-micro guide on microlearning” covers what it is, the science behind it, and some best practices for implementing it.


10 Ways to Deal With Stakeholders’ Beliefs in Learning

Stakeholders! The people we need, love, sometimes love to hate, and who sometimes also drive us bonkers. They can sometimes really get in the way when it comes to actually designing useful learning experiences so that people actually can do their jobs better. Here are 10 ways to deal with them.


How To Turn Complex Topics Into Content Your Audience Will Understand

This post from the Content Marketing Institute explores five ways you can turn complex ideas into interesting, engaging and easy to understand content.

  • Vivaldi is a web browser with an email client, calendar, notes manager & feed reader built-in.
  • Driveway is another option to automatically create, edit, and share interactive how-to guides in seconds
  • Make beautiful color palettes with Good Palette
  • lets you create videos by adding your images & inputting your script.
  • Build a portfolio website with Pixpa


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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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