Friday Find Finds — Evidence-based Training Lessons, Signal vs Noise, Persuasive Copywriting

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“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets”

Leonardo da Vinci

Happy Friday! We had a lovely evening last night celebrating our neighbor’s wedding. It was the first event like that I’ve been to in years and it reminds me how important it is to be able to celebrate life’s milestones with good people in your community. Thank you for being part of my online community and celebrating together in our own small way every Friday morning.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to:  I caught this Herb Alpert song on the radio recently which lead me to this very lovely Herb Alpert Radio playlist that I’m enjoying today.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)


Last week’s most clicked item:
20 Things To Remember About Forgetting


Evidence-Based Training: Lessons Learned in 25 Years

In this ISPI Live recording you will get a bird’s eye view from Ruth Clark of how evidence-based research methods have evolved since her book “e-Learning and the Science of Instruction” first came out 25 years ago and what they have revealed.     

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The Difference Between Gamification & Incentivization

People don’t tend to do learning challenges (or anything really) for fictitious rewards.This article examines the differences between what makes games fun and what we think makes them fun along with some techniques you can use to make your edTech and eLearning more enjoyable.

https://uxdesign.cc/the-difference-between-gamification-and-incentivization-and-how-to-use-them-in-edtech-d5765d17c3e4?gi=1e1a97cde27d

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Evaluating Information: Find the Signal in the Noise

We are drowning in information. Most of that information is irrelevant. If only we could sort what matters from what doesn’t.The good news is that you can train your brain to evaluate the quality of information with Richard Feynman’s 7 “Tricks” for Evaluating Information

https://fs.blog/evaluating-information/

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10 Copywriting Tips Based On Persuasion Science

How can you write persuasive sentences? Here are some clever techniques from Nick Kolenda that can optimize your copywriting. Grab a copy of the PDF guide for safe keeping. 

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The Benefits of Pre-Questioning Before Short Video

Giving learners a list of questions to consider before showing them a short video can enhance their subsequent memory of the topic, but only if they actually answered the questions during the video.

https://www.learningscienceweekly.com/student/page/1195261-issue-99-video-visual-questions

 

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Friday Finds — Top Learning Tools, Learning Paths, Facilitation Resources

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“There are nearly endless opportunities to improve each day and finding them largely boils down to being curious. People who are better in the end are usually curious in the beginning.”

James Clear

Happy Friday! Up here in the northern hemisphere we’re winding down the end of summer and getting ready for school to start back up. I’m busy working on the DevLearn workshops I mentioned last week and eternally grateful that I get to do them with such great people as Bianca Baumann and Mathias Vermeulen.

Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: Today I’m listening to the low key instrumental of “Mellow Beats“. It is just right for the dog days of summer we are in.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Slides With Friends


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20 Things to Remember About Forgetting

Learning designers want to increase remembering and prevent forgetting. Here’s what you should know about what causes us to forget from Connie Malamed.

https://theelearningcoach.com/learning/science-of-forgetting/


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How to Use Learning Pathways to Close Skills Gaps

The talent required to take an organization to the next level often already exists in-house, and learning pathways can be an effective tool for unlocking that untapped potential.

https://bigthink.com/plus/learning-pathways/


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Facilitation Resources

Anamaria Dorgo has put together this downloadable resource of 35 methods, tools, and frameworks to help with your facilitation efforts.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/butter-hq_35-facilitation-resources-from-the-butter-ugcPost-6959803019102146560-ctR8/


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The 4 Things You Need to Be An Expert

This video from Veritasium looks at which experts have real expertise.

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My Top Tools For Learning 2022

Time for another roundup of my top learning tools for Jane Hart’s annual survey. Be sure to submit yours by August 25th

https://mike-taylor.org/2022/08/02/2022-top-tools-for-learning/

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  • Videomark is a tool for taking notes on Youtube
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  • Tipstory is an easy to use online microlearning tool
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  • Zencaster is “podcasting made easy”

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2022 Top Tools for Learning

It is time once again for my top 10 list of learning tools for Jane Hart’s Annual Top Tools for Learning roundup. 

Submit your top tools by August 25th

Here is my list for 2022:

1. Feedly

Feedly continues to be my favorite tool for learning. It allows me to keep up with everything I’m interested in efficiently by giving me control over how I consume information. I’m able to organize everything I want to see from websites and Twitter to YouTube channels and email newsletters all in a single place. 

If you’re not using an RSS reader, I really believe you’re missing out on an opportunity to better manage your information diet. 

http://feedly.com 

Addins/Extras: 

  • Buffer – share what you learn via social media
  • Kill the Newsletter – get your email newsletters via RSS/Feedly
  • FetchRSS – create an RSS Feed for sites that don’t provide one

2. WordPress

WordPress has been where I hang my online hat since 2007. Great option for creating a website – it is quick and easy to work with and I’ve never had any issues. 

wordpress.com

3. Twitter

Still one of the best places for me to access the thinking of smart people doing great things. As well as a great place for finding a community of people doing what you do. You never have to send a single tweet to get benefits from Twitter – but I think you’ll get even more if you do! 

twitter.com/tmiket

4. PowerPoint 365

PowerPoint has been adding a lot of new capabilities lately. Which, taken in combination with amazing enhancements like BrightSlide, make it an attractive tool for digital projects including motion graphics, videos, ebooks and more. 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/powerpoint

Addins/Extras: 

5. Bublup

I’ve always valued a better way to manage my bookmarks. Bublup has become a trusted way to save, organize and share just about anything including links, notes, files, etc. It will even generate web pages from the things you want to share – they’re called rolls and they’re pretty cool. Here’s an example.

bublup.com

6. Zapier

When there isn’t an add-in or marketplace available for what you want to do, Zapier let’s you connect thousands of apps with each other yourself. And it couldn’t be easier – no code involved. No matter what your role or industry, you’ll find value in Zapier. 

zapier.com 

7. Google Docs / Workspace 

Docs is my ‘go to’ for writing and sheets for managing data. Lots of helpful, time-saving addins worth checking out depending on what you’re working on. 

workspace.google.com 

8. MailChimp

Mailchimp powers my newstetter and I’ve used it many time as part of learning campaigns. 

mailchimp.co

9. Canva 

It seems I’m doing something in Canva almost every day. I keep discovering useful new things that it can do like editing PDFs, exporting designs to PowerPoint, create & edit videos and more.

Canva.com

10. Xtiles 

This is the only new entry for me this year. xTiles is a visual note-taking application that enables you to replace several tools at once. I’ve been using it for personal notes and curation. I love the flexibility and options for saving/presenting all types of information. Give it a try! Here is one example. 

xtiles.app


Check some other L&D pro’s Top 10 Tools lists:

Friday Finds — Online Training with Email, Does Sequence Matter in Learning, Building a Second Brain,

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“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice”

– Brian Herbert

Happy Friday! I’m excited to be working on not one but TWO DevLearn full day pre-conference workshops this year. On Monday Bianca Baumann and I are bringing back “Using the Marketing Playbook to Score Better L&D Results” which we’ve done a few times before. The next day, I’m teaming up with Mathias Vermeulen for a full day of #NoCode fun in our new workshop “Breaking the Code Barrier: Making Your L&D Ideas Reality with NoCode Tools“. Let me know if you’re curious or if I can answer any questions about either one of them.

What I’m Listening to:  Today is a chilled out “Jazz Vibes” kind of day.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Maximize Your Learning Time with These Seven Habits


How To Do Online Training With Email Marketing Campaigns

Did you know that you can use email marketing tools to create repeatable, consistent, automated, self-service training? It’s true! Learn more about it here. (By the way,  @biancabaumann & I will be covering this strategy in our Using the Marketing Playbook to Score Better L&D Results” workshop at DevLearn this fall!)  

https://blog.aweber.com/culture/online-training-using-aweber.htm

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Why Fun Is The Secret To A Healthier Life

Do you have enough fun in your life? (Seriously!) Learn more about why fun matters — and how you can have more of it in this great TED Talk by Catherine Price.

https://www.ted.com/talks/catherine_price_why_fun_is_the_secret_to_a_healthier_life

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Building a Second Brain

I am just finishing Tiago Forte’s book “Building a Second Brain” and can personally recommend it as a good way to help you think about improving your ability to capture, remember, and benefit from the unprecedented amount of information all around us. This is his Google Talk on the topic. 

https://fortelabs.co/blog/the-story-behind-building-a-second-brain-google-talk/

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How Do Rocket Scientists Learn? 

(AKA, Knowledge Management Lessons Learned At NASA)

Knowledge Management is “better application of collective knowledge to the individual problem. So we need to develop some systems and do a little more work to share collective knowledge and make us smarter.”

https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/how-do-rocket-scientists-learn-aka-knowledge-management-lessons-learned-at-goddard-nasa/

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Does Sequence Matter in Learning Outcomes? 

The latest edition of Learning Science Weekly takes a look at the impact of sequencing on learning. “Engaging learners in retrieval practice before engaging them in generative learning can be more beneficial than vice versa.”- Roelle et al. (2022)

https://www.learningscienceweekly.com/student/page/1177093-issue-97-sequence-is-significant

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Friday Finds — Learn In Public, PowerPoint & Canva, Maximize Your Learning,

There’s a reason over 2.6 million people start their day with Morning Brew – the daily email that delivers the latest news from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Business news doesn’t have to be dry and dense…make your mornings more enjoyable, for free. Check it out!

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

— Henry James

— Henry James

Happy Friday! You’ll notice something new in this week’s newsletter. This is the first time I’ve ever included any kind of advertising. This, like everything, is an experiment driven by results and feedback. So what do you think? Do you really even notice it? Would you be interested in supporting products and services if they are relevant and helpful? (FYI-I’ll never share your email with anyone!) 

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to:  I just got back from a great morning run as the sun was coming up along Lake Michigan listening to some of my favorite songs. (If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Loop a Sequence of PowerPoint Animations

Working With PowerPoint & PDFs in Canva

I just learned this week that you can drag files into Canva and edit them there. In some limited testing so far, this works as good as any other method I’ve found. It keeps most things just like they are in the source file. I started with PDFs and then discovered that you can also do it with PowerPoint and Word files as well. My mind has been blown! 

https://www.canva.com/features/pdf-editor/

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Maximize Your Learning Time with These Seven Habits

More good stuff from Scott Young as he shares his best tips for maximizing your learning. My favorite is always have at least three books with you. What is yours? How many of these are you already doing? 

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2022/07/12/maximize-learning-time/

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Learn in Public: The Fastest Way to Learn

You already know that you will never be done learning. But most people “learn in private”, and lurk. They consume content without creating any themselves. Instead try to “have a habit of creating learning exhaust”.

https://www.swyx.io/learn-in-public/

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Why Tacit Knowledge is More Important Than Deliberate Practice

Tacit knowledge is knowledge that cannot be captured through words alone. Keep an eye out on the Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM) branch of psychology, and watch for things that focus on tacit knowledge. They are — in this writer’s opinion — the most interesting, overlooked topic in expertise today.

https://commoncog.com/tacit-knowledge-is-a-real-thing/

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Slow-Paced Learning: The Most Effective Way to Retain 90% of What You Learn

When you slow down, you give yourself enough time to make better connections for faster retrieval later. “..slowing down the pace, even for a few minutes a day, and giving yourself time, decreases the emotional tension and, consequently, improves the “performance”, whether for study or work,” writes Valentina Tobia

https://betterhumans.pub/slow-paced-learning-the-most-effective-way-to-retain-90-of-what-you-learn-bc389e88a764

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Friday Finds — 85% Rule for Learning, Non-Traditional Learning, Smart Brevity

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s been a beautiful week around here as we head towards some R&R on Michigan’s beautiful beaches next week and a few visits to some college campuses along the way. I hope you’re getting some time for rest and relaxation wherever you are. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening To: Gwyn Wansbrough shared this playlist in her newsletter recently to use as intro music for online meetings and webinars. It’s good for working along with today too!


The 85% Rule for Learning

If you’re always successful, it’s hard to know what to improve. If you constantly fail, you won’t learn what works. Only when we have a mixture of success and failure can we draw a contrast between good and bad strategies. Learning, it seems, is optimized for both humans and machines when we succeed around 85% of the time.

https://medium.com/mind-cafe/the-85-rule-for-learning-53aed2e40d60

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How to Make the Case for Non-Traditional Learning Solutions

Nicole Papaioannou Lugara had a couple of great posts this week. This one has advice about pitching non-traditional learning solutions. While you’re there, be sure to check out Doubling Down on Knowledge Sharing Over Training too!

https://www.yourinstructionaldesigner.com/post/how-to-make-the-case-for-non-traditional-learning-solutions

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Smart Brevity®

You may know Axios from their news operations. They have spent years digging into data, science and consumer trends and saw most folks are: Overwhelmed, Under-informed, Frustrated and tight on time. Then they built a format to fix that. The result is Smart Brevity -clearer updates, happier readers. Something we all need more than ever!

https://www.axioshq.com/smart-brevity

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Why Filters Are Important for Knowledge Development

The expectation that we can process 100% of the material from one stage to the next is flawed. We need to adopt the mindset of filtering, not funnelling. Jeffrey Webber says, “It’s time to shift from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance; stop trying to process every idea completely out of fear of losing it.”

https://medium.com/@jeffreywebber_/why-filters-are-important-for-knowledge-development-edb89aa23fc2

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Tips L&D in 2022

Jeffrey Dalto asked learning and development experts from around the world a single, two-part question: “What is something you feel people in L&D might sometimes be able
to improve on, and what tip(s) can you offer to assist with that improvement?” This is all 40 of their answers. Don’t miss it!

https://hpttreasures.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/ld-tips-2022-2.pdf

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Friday Finds — Learning Outloud, Science of Happiness, 85% Rule for Learning

“When one looks at the scientific evidence about how the brain learns and at the design of our education system, one is forced to conclude that the system actively retards education.”

Daisy Christodoulou

Happy Friday! This is Mike, your diligent curator, and this is another carefully curated set of the best things to read, watch and listen to from the intersection of learning, design, and technology. Today, I’m taking a few moments to remind myself that no matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly. So ‘just breathe’! Thanks for reading and have a great day! 

What I’m Listening to:  Today is a Vance Joy and friends kind of day. Kind of an indie, folk, pop vibe that is suiting me very well so far. What do you think?

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Video & Image Tips From Top Creators


The 85% Rule for Learning

Learning, it seems, is optimized for both humans and machines when we succeed around 85% of the time. From a recent paper by Wilson, Shenhav, Straccia and Cohen:

In many situations we find that there is a sweet spot in which training is neither too easy nor too hard, and where learning progresses most quickly. […] For all of these stochastic gradient-descent based learning algorithms, we find that the optimal error rate for training is around 15.87% or, conversely, that the optimal training accuracy is about 85%.

If you’re always successful, it’s hard to know what to improve. If you constantly fail, you won’t learn what works. Only when we have a mixture of success and failure can we draw a contrast between good and bad strategies.

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2022/07/05/85-percent-rule/

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Behavioral Scientist’s Summer Book List 2022

This is a collection of the most compelling behavioral science books of this year. There are 26 titles for you to wander and explore. You’ll find books that illuminate new research and those that investigate complex social issues. Others offer a chance to look into the past or imagine a distant future. There are practical titles that might help you “get it done” in your personal life or engineer a breakthrough at work.

https://behavioralscientist.org/behavioral-scientists-summer-book-list-2022/

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Learning Outloud

How do you learn? What kind of teaching is most effective for your learning? Answering the first question matters more than the second, because you can  – and should – be in charge of your learning. Dr. Karen Caldwell has been a learner and teacher her entire life, but she didn’t have answers to these two questions for most of her life.

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The Science of Happiness

Check out this free online course exploring the roots of a happy, meaningful life. Taught by the GGSC’s Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, The Science of Happiness zeroes in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social ties and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. 

https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/what_we_do/event/the_science_of_happiness

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How to loop a sequence of PowerPoint animations

This is a simple technique to loop sequences of animations in PowerPoint from Jamie Garroch of BrightCarbon. Click the image above to watch the video and see it in action. Yes, that is built entirely in PowerPoint! 

https://www.brightcarbon.com/blog/loop-sequence-of-powerpoint-animations/

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  • BigPoll is a free quick poll maker platform with real-time results and modern UI.

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Friday Finds — Connectivity & Decentralization, Valid Tests, Video & Image Tips

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

Albert Einstein

Happy Friday! We’re on day 8 of our 10 softball-palooza and very much looking for a little R&R and adding an extra day to our weekend for the July 4 holiday. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Today I’m tuning in to an old favorite, Oilix.


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


Connectivity and Decentralization

John Hagel on how essential learning is in our rapidly changing world. This isn’t about learning in the form of sharing existing knowledge which is the focus of most learning today. Existing knowledge is becoming obsolete at an accelerating rate. The learning we all need to pursue is learning in the form of creating new knowledge and that is best pursued by coming together with others and learning through action, not just conversation. Decentralization will create enormous opportunities for value creation and will disrupt many of our large, centralized institutions around the world.

https://www.johnhagel.com/connectivity-and-decentralization/

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Are Your Online Tests Valid?

In an effort to make your tests better measures of meaningful learning, consider the two criteria of effective tests: validity and reliability. This article explains test validity. Next, Connie Malamed recommends reading Are your online tests reliable?

https://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/isd/are-your-online-tests-valid/

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Coffee Enhances Neurocognitive Function

A study published in Scientific Reports suggests that coffee has beneficial effects on cognitive function, and it may do this by reorganizing brain functional connectivity. So go grab a cuppa to enjoy while you’re reading this one.

https://www.psypost.org/2022/05/brain-imaging-study-suggests-that-drinking-coffee-enhances-neurocognitive-function-63213

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Video & Image Tips from Top Creators

This is a fun hour on top tips for creating videos and images with Matt Pierce of TechSmith. If you’re not already following Matt and the Tech Lounge series, be sure to subscribe while you’re there!

https://www.linkedin.com/video/event/urn:li:ugcPost:6947585093787938818/

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The ONE Thing You Can Do To Increase Retention Today

Retention rate varies by industry. Maintaining retention has been a problem and there are a lot of variables that cause it to decrease. In this video, Chad Littlefield shares one thing you can do to increase retention today.

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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.”

Buddha

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.

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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.

https://3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com/2022/06/23/authentic-learning-moments-promote-transfer-to-the-workplace/

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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

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10648-019-09465-5

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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.

https://www.go1.com/blog/post-mastering-the-art-of-content-curation/

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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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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.)

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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.

https://www.kirschnered.nl/2022/06/13/sequence-matters-retrieval-practice-before-generative-learning-is-more-effective-than-the-reverse-order/

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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

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01454/full

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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. 

https://www.arist.co/post/microlearning-research-benefits-and-best-practices

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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.

https://3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com/2022/06/14/10-ways-to-deal-with-stakeholders-beliefs-in-learning/

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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.

https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/articles/complex-topics-content

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