Friday Finds — Adaptive Learning, Learning Transfer, Cognitive Load

“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”


Happy Friday! With some rain outs and rescheduling my daughter is starting a streak of 10 straight days of softball games. If you’re looking for me I’ll be on the ball fields. It is really cool to see your kids in action…now let’s hope it isn’t a million degrees this coming week and half. Have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I don’t think I’ve ever shared that I really like AJR. They have something I can’t quite put my finger on that just makes me feel good when I hear them.


Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Turn Complex Topics Into Content Your Audience Will Understand

Adaptive Learning with Area9

If you’re not following Christopher Lind and his Learning Tech Talks, you should go and do that now. It is a consistently valuable source for what’s happening in the L&D world. Recently Judy Albers from Area9 Lyceum visited to talk about an approach to learning that is grounded in years of research enabling organizations to create a high impact transformative learning experience that allows learners to achieve their full potential through a truly personalized experience. Great stuff! 

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Authentic learning moments promote transfer to the workplace

This post discusses five dimensions that promote learning transfer based on the book “Evidence-Informed Learning Design – Creating Training to improve Learning Design” by Mirjam Neelen & Paul Kirschner.


Cognitive Architecture and Instructional Design: 20 Years Later

Cognitive load theory aims to explain how the information processing load induced by learning tasks can affect students’ ability to process new information and to construct knowledge in long-term memory. In short, If cognitive load becomes too high, it hampers learning and transfer. This paper is an attempt to summarize the last 20 years of cognitive load theory


Mastering The Art of Curation

Check out this discussion on curation defining what people mean when they speak of ‘content curation’ and how Lori Niles-Hoffman compares L&D content curation to creating an 80’s mixtape.


Effective Note Taking

If you’re like me, at some point you’ve pondered the best way to take notes and what note taking app might be best for you. It may make you feel better that most people don’t know how to use their digital note taking app once they download it. This video series is a guide from Tiago Forte on effective note taking not matter what app you choose.

PART 1: Discover Your Notetaking Style
PART 2: 75% of Notetakers Use These 4 Apps
PART 3: Pick Yours: The BEST Notes Apps of 2022
PART 4: The First 30 Days: Start Using a Notes App

  • DevLearn (October 24-28) – I’m doing two pre-conference workshops this year!


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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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