Friday Finds — Cognitive Load, Content Design, Pedagogic Change

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“‘What is the secret of your serenity?’ Said the Master, ‘Wholehearted cooperation with the inevitable.’”

— Anthony de Mello
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Many of us here in the US are recovering from a full day of gathering with family and friends, eating too much and watching too much TV. I hope this finds you surrounded by love – happy and grateful for all the good things you have. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening To: Just found this playlist of the top 50 most played songs of all time from Spotify, which has a number of surprises…at least for me.  (Follow me on Spotify)



📰 News & Notes

Where Did Germane Cognitive Load Go?

Greg Ashman looks at the “fatal flaws” of cognitive load theory. The first problem with germane cognitive load is a philosophical one. The second is an empirical one. Dig into to this one to learn more and see what he has to say about cognitive load theory.


What is a
Content Designer?

Content design is fairly new in the content world. Content designers help create and optimize digital experiences through close collaboration with designers and developers. This article walks you through what a content designer does on a day-to-day basis and how to get into a content design role.

Guide to Articulate Rise Interaction Character Counts

If you’ve ever developed in Articulate Rise 360, chances are you have scripted an interaction, only to find that your planned interaction exceeds the character counts allotted. Download this handy guide, from Endurance Learning and never run into that issue ever again.

12 Things Every Graphic Designer Needs To Know to Succeed

“What would you tell a designer just starting out today – that would help them succeed?” Philip Van Dusen answers that question in this is a must-watch video!

More Pedagogic Change in the Past 10 Years Than the Previous 1000 years

The recent ground breaking shifts in the way we learn have not been matched by the way we teach, says Donald Clark in his recent TEDxGlasgow talk.


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🎤Podcasts

Multimedia in
Learning Design

Learning content includes a mix of video, audio, and illustration. But why do these things matter? And how do they serve the outcomes we define with our clients?

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Teaching
Texas

This audio documentary charts how Texas dictated American education over the last sixty years and examines how the fight over our childrens’ classroom has only intensified today.

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How to Cope With
News Overload

Markus Brauer, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, and media psychologist Don Grant, PhD,discuss why it’s so hard to shut off the news spigot and what you can do to cope with news media overload while still staying informed.

Listen now »


🧰Tech, Tools & Tips

Edit images online with Image Candy a free, online and easy to use complete image processing toolkit.

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Make your voice recordings sound like they were recorded in a professional studio for free with Adobe Podast

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Create a personal podcast and listen to any article in your podcast player, read by a human sounding voice with Listening.io.

https://listening.io/

Grab 200+ great looking,
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Friday Finds — Subconscious Brain, Learning Video, Beyond Courses

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“Thinking is to humans as swimming is to cats. They can do it if they have to, but only in dire emergencies.”

—Daniel Kahneman
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Happy Friday to you and happy birthday to me! It’s birthday week for the boys in our house. My son and I are celebrating another lap around the sun and all the exciting things to come. He’s taking his driving test this afternoon, which will be a gift to all of us since we’ll have one less kid that we need to chauffeur all around town. Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: Ted Lasso is my all-time favorite show and the music in it is also outstanding, so I’m giving that soundtrack a spin today.  (Follow me on Spotify)



📰 News & Notes

Your Brain Knows a Lot More Than You Realize

Only a tiny fraction of the brain is dedicated to conscious behavior. The rest works feverishly behind the scenes regulating everything from breathing to mate selection. In fact, the unconscious workings of the brain are so crucial to everyday functioning that their influence often trumps conscious thought.

In this insightful article, neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the processes and skills of the subconscious mind, which our conscious selves rarely consider.


Creating Better Video
for Learning

Research tells us how to make multimedia such as video easier to learn from. In this article, Patti Shank discusses how we process video and the design principles that make video better for mental processing.

Understanding how these processes and principles work helps us create better instructional video.

Beyond Courses: Instructional Approaches in 2022

How are organizations creating instructional material OUTSIDE OF a traditional course? How much of their time is spent creating traditional courses?

Modern learning pros need more options in their toolkit than just courses. Learn more in this free Learning Guild report by Jane Bozarth.

Content Strategy 101

A content strategy is a high-level plan that guides the intentional creation and maintenance of information.

Often, organizations (and L&D teams) waste money and resources creating and maintaining content that’s pointless for users and profitless for organizations because they lack a content strategy.

The New Descript

A year in the making, this week’s release is a complete redesign with over 30 new features, including green screen, premium stock media, templates, and more.

Check out this product video…you’ll be glad you did

And catch the one with all the latest cool new features here.


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🎤Podcasts

Science-based Tools to Improve Happiness

Andrew Huberman explores the science of happiness, including the different types of happiness and how our actions, circumstances and mindset control them. 

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Pay Attention! How the Brain Decides What To Focus On

Dr Anthony Harris from the Queensland Brain Institute and an expert on human attention discusses what goes on in the brain when we are giving something our full attention, and breaks down whether or not multitasking is a myth.

Listen now »

How to Create a Fountain Ideas & Keep the Best


Jeremy Utley of the Stanford d.school discusses his new book, Ideaflow, which is all about how to create a practice for producing and trading ideas in massive quantities – along with a system for sorting the garbage from the gold.

Listen now »


🧰Tech, Tools & Tips

Open Peeps is an illustration library that works like building blocks made of vector arms, legs, and emotions. You can mix these elements to create different Peeps.

https://www.openpeeps.com/

Stop wasting time on recording voice, synchronising picture with sound and adding subtitles. Narakeet can handle all of those for you.

https://www.narakeet.com/

Powerfully simple business banking. Get a free business checking account from Novo.

https://www.novo.co/

Guidde can help you create how-to videos in seconds, easily share with your customers or team

https://www.guidde.com/


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Friday Finds — Content Creation, Expert L&D Tips, Learning Ecosystems

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“Your knowledge is a wellspring from which to draw for others, not a treasure to hoard for yourself.”

—Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Happy Friday! You’ve no doubt noticed that I’ve been doing a little redecorating here with the newsletter layout and design. It is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and finally got around to doing. I expect there will be some additional tweaks and I’d love to hear what you think? 

Hit reply and share what you’re take is…good, bad and anything in between. I appreciate your thoughts! 

Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening To: Sometimes music can change your mental landscape. Today I am trying to test that theory with this “Happy Mix” (Follow me on Spotify)



📰 News & Notes

How You Can Streamline Your L&D Content Creation with Descript

If you do anything with audio or video (and who doesn’t these days?) you should know about Descript’s “super powers”

This recorded webinar show you how some L&D teams are supercharging their workflows with Descript’s screen recorder, powerful video editing capabilities, Overdub (their synthetic voice tool), and one of my favorites – audiograms.


Tips for Learning & Development from Leading Experts

40 Top L&D Experts from around the world answer the prompt:

“What’s something you think L&D professionals could sometimes improve on, and what tip(s) would you offer for improving?”

Modernizing Learning: Building the Future Learning Ecosytem

If you’re not thinking in terms of learning ecosystems yet, you should be. This free ebook from the ADL address topics such as lifelong learning, learning systems interoperability, analytics, personalized learning and strategic planning.

Setting Up a Design Grid in PowerPoint With BrightSlide

Most designers use a grid system. But when it comes to presentations, we often completely forget about grids and how much easier they can make our lives while adding consistency and visual structure to our designs. Nolan Haims shares how easy and helpful grids can be. (plus how BrightCarbon’s BrightSlide add-in can make it even easier)

How to Make Your Writing Skimmable & Easy to Read

Formatting is the easiest 10x you can make in your writing. The key is to always think about reducing friction for the reader.

This is a super helpful step-by-step guide to make anything you write easier to read (and skimmable) by Dickie Bush.


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🎤Podcasts

The Role of Curation in Learning

Paige Kracke discusses the role of content curation in learning & how to create tailored learning experiences without overwhelming people.

Listen now »

How to Get Along with Anyone at Work

Amy Gallo shares how to constructively deal with difficult people at work. If you like this, check out her Ted Talk “The Gift of Conflict

Listen now »

The Art and Science of Gathering

Priya Parker teaches us how to turn our gatherings into opportunities for more meaningful connection with others.

Listen now »


🧰Tech, Tools & Tips

Synthesia is an AI video tool lets you create videos from plain text in minutes.

https://www.synthesia.io/

With TinyWiki anyone can design visuals that will get your hard work noticed.

https://www.tinykiwi.co/

Rytr is an AI writing assistant that helps you create high-quality content, in just a few seconds, at a fraction of the cost!

https://rytr.me/

Donut brings people together by facilitating new connections, automating random conversation & encouraging celebration.

https://www.donut.com/


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Friday Finds — Learning Clusters, Complex Skills, Accessibility Design

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“Success hinges less on getting everything right than on how you handle getting things wrong.”

Michelle Russel

Happy Friday! I’m still buzzing from the energy of last week’s DevLearn. Combined with the unusually nice fall we’re still having around here, I feel like I’m floating on a cloud of happiness. I hope you’re feeling the same way. Have a great weekend!

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: This “Happy Mix” has been playing here all week. If you only listen to one track, make it “Good Day for a Good Day“. (If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
My DevLearn Session Resources


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Modernize Your Learning Offerings Beyond Training

We all know that one-and-done training doesn’t work, right? Our brains need learning spaced over time and in the moment of need and this model invites you to shift your thinking from training to learning clusters –a group of learning assets that target on-the-job behavior change for a specific business need.

Learn more »


What It Takes to Drive Effective Design for Complex Skills in the Workplace

Mirjam Neelen unpacks a presentation she gave recently at the Learning Technologies Autumn Forum about improving learning transfer when designing for complex skills. It is largely based on Van Merriënboer’s 4C/ID model and a 4C/ID course. Be sure not to miss Part 2 as well.

Learn more »


The Non-linear Workdays Changing the Shape of Productivity

The pandemic has changed the traditional nine-to-five workday. Workers can now work asynchronously – keeping different hours to themselves and their colleagues. This means employees can craft their work schedules around their personal lives, rather than cramming life into fixed hours. Are you taking advantage of this new work arrangement?

Read more »


5 Visual Treatments that Improve Accessibility

To design accessible visuals, account for color contrast, don’t rely on color alone, make interactive elements easy to identify, provide useful alternative text for images, and test your visuals with real users.

Learn more »


How to Explain Things

Whether you’re giving a speech, leading a meeting, or teaching something new, this article lists 16 steps you can take to make your explanation clear, enjoyable, and memorable.

Read more »

 

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Friday Finds — Learning Science, Behavior Change Strategies, PowerPoint Resources

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Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

Happy Friday! I’m heading home from DevLearn this morning and as always it was energizing to spend time in-person with my tribe of fellow learning pros. If you’re curious about any of the workshops or sessions I did you can get all the relevant info here.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Vance Joy is another artist that my daughter turned me on to and it is just the right music for traveling home today.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Why Does a Design Look Good?


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3 ‘Knowns’ in Learning Science—and How to Apply Them in Practice

As learning professionals our job is to improve learning outcomes. And the starting point for that is looking at what we already know from the science of learning.

Read m@ore »


15 Behavior Change Strategies

This big infographic can help you evaluate and build digital product features, copy and incentive schemes to help your audience achieve their goals and drive business growth with a holistic framework.

Download infographic »


15 Best Resources for Presentation Designers

Alicia Monique Thornber has shared her best 15 resources for creating presentations and this is a pretty good list. Most of these resources can also be used for elearning and other design projects as well.

Read more »


6 Ways You’re Thinking Wrong—and What You Can Do About Them

Thinking problems happen because we are wired in very particular ways. Fortunately, there are actionable strategies you can adopt to change your thinking and help your team work better.

Read more »


Meet the Lazy ̶M̶a̶r̶k̶e̶t̶e̶r̶’̶s̶ L&D Pro’s Best Friend: Email Autoresponders

An autoresponder is just a sequence of email marketing messages that gets sent to subscribers in the order and frequency that you decide.

Learn more »

 

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  • Convertio is a life-saver when you need to convert file formats. I use this ALL the time.

Friday Finds — Good Design, Typography, Content Curation

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“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” 

Bruce Lee

Happy Friday! I’m putting the finishing touches on everything for DevLearn next week and as I sit here looking out at the dreaded wintry mix out the window I’m also looking forward to some warm sunny weather. As always, meeting new people and getting to spend time in -person is definitely the highlight for me. So you’re gonna be there, please drop me a note and let me know so we can connect in-person. Alternatively, I’d love for you to stop by one of my sessions. Here is my conference schedule.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Working to this personalized playlist and I’m amazed how well Spotify does with these curated playlists. This one just might be the best one ever.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
7 Books on the Science of Learning


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Why Does a Design Look Good?

It’s easy to look at a design and notice it looks good. It’s often much harder to pinpoint why it looks good. This NN Group article analyzes three user-interface designs and discusses the visual-design principles that make them attractive.

Read article


A Five-Minute Guide to Better Typography

This is a fantastic guide that will help you with your typographic design, which is the number one thing most “non-designers” can do to improve their visual designs in 5 minutes or less. Bookmark this one and refer to it often!

Read article


TOP 5 TIPS TO DO CONTENT CURATION LIKE AN L&D PRO

L&D pros help organizations by attracting (and retaining) talent, helping to build the company brand, motivating and consistently engaging employees, and focusing on ways to upskill the entire staff by empowering them to own their career growth and path. All the above job roles, especially the last one, require good content curation skills. Here are 5 pro tips for L&D content curation from Filtered.

Read article


How to use Datawrapper to make fast—and free—visualizations

Datawrapper makes it easy to create your own data visualizations. It’s free and easy to use for non-designers. If you just want to make a nice chart or map, try diving in with any data you have at hand.

Learn how to make visualizations with Datawrapper


Build Power Apps from a drawing & Power Automate Flows using natural language

Are you following the #NoCode movement? If you’re not, you should be. This video illustrates the direction things are headed. See how you can build Power Apps from a drawing & connect it with Power Automate Flows using natural language

Watch Video

 

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Friday Finds — Science of Learning, Build Apps From a Drawing, Automate Your ID Work

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“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.“

Alvin Toffler

Happy Friday! I’ve been thinking that I need to get back to some more “regular blog posts” and I’m not sure what topics I should try to tackle first. I could really use your help.

If I agreed to be your personal creator/coach for a month, what would you want me to help you with?

Just reply via email – I’d love to hear what you’d like help with.

Are you going to DevLearn? Drop me a note and let me know so we can connect in-person. Here is my conference schedule.

What I’m Listening to: Something about this song is so infectious. I don’t think any of the other songs on this playlist are quite as good, but Hello! this is the energy I’m feeling today.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Create interactive videos with Hippo Video


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Eight Tasks for Your First 100 Days Learning an L&D Department

If you’re new to leading an L&D team Donald Taylor has 8 things you should do in your first 100 days including: Aim for a few actionable quick wins before launching your overall plan, Spread the word about who you are and what you are doing, and Keep up with your professional networks and carry on learning. Check the original post to peek in on the discussion around this topic.

Read more about tasks for new L&D leaders


Three Critical Steps To Learning

Chris Do discusses the three steps you need to follow in order to maximize the gain you’re getting from learning new skills and information.

Watch video


7 Books on the Science of Learning

How does the mind work? Why do the best writers get the most writer’s block? Is the process of evolution the key to understanding the development of thought? Here are some selections from Scott Young on these topics.

See the list of 7 books on Learning


Build Power Apps from a drawing & Power Automate Flows using natural language

Are you following the #NoCode movement? If you’re not, you should be. This video illustrates the direction things are heading. Build low code apps and processes easily with the latest updates to Microsoft’s Power Platform. Move quickly from ideation on paper, to automatic Power App creation with AI-assisted app development through Express design. Then tie those apps to business processes using natural language to generate automated workflows in Power Automate.

Watch video


Automate Your Instructional Design Work Using NoCode Tools

I spent some time with Brent, Chris and all my #IDIODC friends this week talking about #NoCode. Pop on over to learn how virtually anyone in any field in any role can benefit from knowing and applying these automation and development principles.

Watch the replay

 

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  • Gamma lets you “write like a doc and present like a deck‍” – definitely one you should check out!
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  • Uppbeat is a great free collection of music and sound effects for creators
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Friday Finds — Learning Baggage, Color Matters, Accessible Emails

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Getting an ID job interview is only halfway to landing your dream role. If you want to nail your next job interview, check out this YouTube video that focuses on the 11
most common questions asked during the instructional designer job interview and how to answer them. Watch the video →

If you hit every shot you take, you’re standing tool close to the net.

Happy Friday! I’m feeling grateful today. As crazy as the world seems lately, I’m very fortunate to be surrounded with an amazing collection of friends and family. I’d like to invite you to pause for a moment to appreciate the things in your life that give you a sense of gratitude. Giving thanks is good for you!

Going to DevLearn? Hit reply and let me know so we can connect and say hi. Here is my conference schedule.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: Today I’m in one of those moods when I sing along with every song…at least the ones I know the words to.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Virtual icebreakers from top facilitators


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Let Go of the Learning Baggage

Learning is necessary for our success and personal growth. But we can’t maximize the time we spend learning because our feelings about what we ‘should’ be doing get in the way.

Read about our learning baggage


Why training is often not the right solution

Training primarily helps to build knowledge, skills and capabilities. However, to achieve genuine and sustainable behavioral change, there are three other crucial conditions: Trainees must want to change their behavior, and the new behaviors must be both socially acceptable and feasible in the given situation.

Read about the skills question


Why Color Matters

Substantial research shows why color matters and how color plays a pivotal role in all our visual experiences. Among the research are studies that showed that color can improve readership by 40 percent, learning from 55 to 78 percent, and comprehension by 73 percent.

Learn more about the impact of color


Creating accessible emails: A guide for marketers and journalists

If you’ve been around here long, you’ve probably heard me talk about the value of L&D pros using email marketing tools for learning. This is a nice article that talks about how to use content and visual design to create emails that work for a wide range of subscribers.

Learn more about making your emails accessible


How async communication combats groupthink

Contrary to popular belief, research shows that real-time collaboration tends to stifle creativity and diverse perspectives. This is from a newsletter worth subscribing to while you’re there.

“If you want a yes, ask someone to respond on the spot. But if you want a deeper, more honest answer, ask asynchronously in writing.”

Learn more about async collaboration

 

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Friday Finds — Virtual Icebreakers, Nudging, Driving Performance

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action”

Herbert Spencer

Happy Friday! Bianca Baumann and I are putting the finishing touches on our DevLearn pre-conference workshop and I’m getting pretty excited about it. Sadly, the other workshop with Mathias Vermeulen didn’t draw enough people and has been cancelled. That is a giant bummer because I know how valuable that one if for literally everyone.

If you are going to DevLearn this year, please hit reply and let me know. I’d love to chat with you in person. Here is my conference schedule.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: Last week’s playlist has put me on the path of LoFi Beats all week. Just enough chill with just enough of a beat.
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
beautiful.ai add-in for PowerPoint


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Can Canva Compete With Microsoft Office?

Canva just announced a suite of new products to challenge Microsoft Office + every other productivity tool. I agree with Turner Novak that this might be one of the most significant product announcements ever. In addition to graphic design, Canva is getting pretty good at presentations and video editing and now they’ve launched whiteboards, websites, and docs. I never thought anyone could replace Office, but now I’m starting to rethink that.

Learn more about Canva’s Worksuite

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Virtual Icebreakers: 42 Fresh Activities From Top Facilitators

Tired of cringe-inducing icebreakers? The folks at Butter asked professional facilitators to share the virtual icebreakers they actually use to kick off their remote workshops. Here are the 42 activities they came up with. Bet you’ll find some you like. 

Explore these virtual icebreakers

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Realistic Reasons to be Bullish on Nudging

Nudging’s value stems from its success in solving two hard problems. Changing people’s behavior, in a sustainable way & getting stuff done in large organizations, 

Read more about nudging

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Bite Your LMS With Arist

In this Learning Tech Talks, Christopher Lind visits with Michael Ioffe from Arist to talk about the emerging trends coming out of forward-thinking LMS platforms that embrace tech that resonates differently with a new generation of learners and how organizations are finding success in ways previously unthinkable.

Watch this Learning Tech Talk 

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How to send newsletters in Gmail with customized layouts and multi-send mode

Gmail now offers built-in email newsletter templates and the ability to send emails to multiple individual recipients without a BCC. Works great for newsletters and campaigns.

Learn more about sending newsletters from Gmail


 

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Friday Finds — Prospective Memory, Canva Updates, Powerful Speaker Bios

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Wynter is looking for L&D pros
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“Success is just a byproduct of learning, and learning is a byproduct of curiosity. Ultimately, if you are curious about something, you will be successful at it, and the more curious you are about it, the more successful you will be at it.”

Naval Ravikant

Happy Friday! It is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL fall day here today. My favorite time of year when you can throw on a sweatshirt, watch the leaves start to change colors and enjoy everything that comes with fall here in the northern hemisphere. (Although I’m totally missing the real Belgian waffle I had everyday in Ghent last week.) I hope you have a great weekend enjoying some of your favorite things too.

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What I’m Listening to: This morning I’m really enjoying my recent discovery of Ph-wert which is a nice mellow playlist that is great to work along to. Funny name-great music!
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
What to do when cognitive overload threatens your productivity


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Prospective Memory: What It Is, Why Teachers Should Notice

Prospective memory allows us to remember the future (yay). And, it creates working memory load (boo). We can reduce that load by a) recognizing the problem, b) developing classroom routines, and c) creating reminders — written or technological — to offload those prospective memory burdens. Simply put: offload prospective memory burdens onto paper — or some other technology reminder.

Learn more about prospective memory

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Informal learning’s role in learning transfer

Learning is a side effect of life.  It is virtually impossible for us to imagine a world without informal learning. Key quote: “It seems to me that we need a halfway house where we can ‘manage’ informal learning, but with a light touch that does not destroy it.” 

Read more about informal learning transfer

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Press Books Directory

Pressbook Directory open sources over 4,000 books, many of them on (adult) education, continuous learning, curriculum planning, and development + much more!!

Browse the Pressbooks directory

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How to Write a Powerful Conference Speaker Bio

See what Jennifer van Alstyne has to say about writing a better speaker bio. She shares some simple and useful tips that can help you upgrade your bio. She also offers a free course to help with your online presence.

Watch Video

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The New Canva

Along with a lot of others, I’m a big fan of Canva and use it all the time. Their latest updates let you make a website, brainstorm on a digital whiteboard, or collaborate on documents. Jeremy Caplan has a summary of the most useful new features and some limitations in his latest Wonder Tools newsletter. 

Learn about the latest Canva updates


 

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