Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | January 21, 2022

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

Seneca

The new year is off to a good start and I’m excited about some upcoming conference talks and some podcasts that will be appearing soon. Watch this space. Speaking of podcasts, I’ve been binging the Hubermanlab podcast which discusses science and science-based tools for everyday life. So much awesome stuff including a number related to learning.

Thanks for reading! Happy Friday!

What I’m Listening to:  I’m feeling a little nostalgic this morning with this playlist of music from my college days at the dawn of the 90s.. a loooong time ago.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Online Learning Can Be Engaging and Effective


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Tiny Lesson: Google Search Operators

This is a throwback to the very first newsletter I ever sent which was almost 15 years ago. These simple, yet powerful search operators are still valuable to know and can help you find what you’re looking for much more efficiently. You can find an even more complete list here. Did you already know all of these? 

https://clearleft.com/posts/google-search-operators-and-syntax-for-ux-desk-research

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The Eighty Five Percent Rule for Optimal Learning

When we fail to do something, our attention levels increase. That increase can be leveraged to heighten learning capacity on subsequent attempts. Scientific findings suggest that setting the level of challenge to one where you make errors ~15% of the time is ideal for learning. (Via @hubermanlab)

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12552-4

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Why We Should Learn in Public

“When you publish ideas, you create your own “Serendipity Vehicle” — a magnet for ideas and people and opportunities from potentially every corner of the globe. If your ideas resonate with people, people will discover you and bring you unexpected opportunities. They’ll open doors you never knew existed.”

Learning in outloud like this connects you with like-minded people and attracts intelligent audiences along with unexpected opportunities.

https://medium.com/glasp/why-we-should-learn-in-public-aa3c5d3b9249

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An E.A.S.Y Framework for Creating Strong Content

https://contentfolks.com/easy-content-framework/

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Morph Book: A Collection of Examples

If you’ve done much work in PowerPoint you’re probably familiar with the power of the Morph transition. (If your not, you’ll definitely want to dig into this one!) Reprezent has assembled a variety of different Morph examples illustrating how you can leverage them in your slide decks. (NOTE: Click the menu in the top-right to get started)

https://morphbook.reprezent.ua/en/morph/

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  • Scan&Paste for Office 365: A Quick Way to Insert Images & Scanned documents from your phone
  • Briefcake is a way to get updates from your favorite websites via a daily email – like RSS for email
  • Uteach is an online platform you can use to start teaching online in no time
  • blixel is an online marketplace for inclusive stock media by creators from diverse and marginalized communities
  • Notion website template pack

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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | January 14, 2022

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ​

Richard Feynman

Happy Friday! Just the other day I had a LinkedIn conversation about whether or not PowerPoint is a reasonable tool for print design. This person said that PowerPoint is not a “professional” tool. I totally disagree and I’m super curious to hear what you think?

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Today I’m working along to a nice album called “Easy Wonderful” by Guster. How can you not like something called Easy Wonderful?


Last week’s most clicked item:
7 Neuroscience-backed Facts for Better Learning Experience Design


Cognitive Load Theory and Its Applications for Learning

Cognitive load theory, developed in the 1980s by psychologist John Sweller, has become a dominant paradigm for the design of teaching materials. In this essay, Scott Young  explains the theory, some of its key predictions, and potential applications for your learning.

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2022/01/04/cognitive-load-theory/

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With No-Code, a New Kind of ‘Citizen Developer’ Emerges

No-code has been around for some time now, but it’s only starting to gain momentum in the mainstream. The term essentially consists of software tools that anyone can use without having to learn how to code.“I think, really, what no-code is, is technology that enables people to build technology,” explains Adalo co-founder, Jeremy Blalock. “It enables people to build things that they would not have been able to build without code before.”

https://www.jotform.com/blog/with-no-code-a-new-kind-of-citizen-developer-emerges/

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Online Learning Can Be Engaging and Effective

Howard Rheingold reminds us that online learning, done right, can be a delight — and achieve learning objectives. It appears that teaching online by necessity rather than aspiration has led to a many online attempts at learning that have fallen short of the mark, leaving those who were forced into it unsatisfied with the outcome and sometimes outright hostile to the whole idea.(Be sure to check out the links and resources at the end!) 

https://hrheingold.medium.com/online-learning-can-be-engaging-and-effective-87200d37dc62

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Watching A Lecture Twice At Double Speed Can Benefit Learning Better Than Watching It Once At Normal Speed

What impact does sped-up viewing have on learning? The answer, according to a new paper in Applied Cognitive Psychology, is, within some limits, none. In fact, if used strategically, it can actually improve learning. However, what students think is going to be the best strategy isn’t actually what’s most beneficial, Dillon Murphy at UCLA and colleagues also report.

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2021/12/21/watching-a-lecture-twice-at@-double-speed-can-benefit-learning-better-than-watching-it-once-at-normal-speed/

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Content design: a great way to make user-centered content

Do you know about content design? This process is aimed at making content production much more structured and user-centered. Content design prevents you from simply typing out 500 words about a particular topic without really thinking that through. For this, the inimitable Sarah Richards coined the term content design. It’s a way of improving content and aligning it with user needs, while also cutting fat.

“Content design is answering a user need in the best possible way for the user to consume it.” Sarah Richards of Content Design London. Catch her talk with some good examples on this topic here.

https://yoast.com/content-design/#:~:text=Content%20design%20prevents%20you%20from%20simply%20typing%20out,while%20also%20cutting%20cruft.%20What%20is%20content%20design%3F


 

  • Popsy  is a slick option for creating websites with Notion for free
  • Mr Cutout is a good source for free images with no backgrounds including people, scenes & more.
  • Text Blaze is a browser add-in that lets you save time by dropping in snippets of text with quick, easy shortcuts. 
  • Greenshot is a nice, free screenshot app for Windows
  • If you ever have more to share than what will fit into a single tweet, try Chirr App to create Twitter threads like this one I shared recently

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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | January 7, 2022

“Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.”

Dr. David Sinclair

Happy Friday! We’ve made it to another fresh new year and getting back into the swing of things. Over the break I took a dive into some of the research on time-restricted eating by Dr. David Sinclair and I’m totally intrigued by his theories on aging. In short, everything we’ve been taught to believe about aging is wrong. If you’re curious, he has a new book out (Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To) and he also just started a podcast. The best part is that his suggestions for living longer are very doable – skip breakfast, exercise, tilt your diet towards more vegetables, etc. I’m giving it a go so stay tuned. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I’m enjoying this Fresh & Chill playlist that Spotify served up to me.


Last week’s most clicked item:
200+ Tools From Last Year’s Newsletters


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Is there a skills gap in learning design?

In this post by Neil Mosely, look at the question that as learning experiences are becoming more complex, do the design skills exist to meet the challenge. His conclusion? Learning design should be a high priority in the years to come – equipping and developing more people with the skill and knowledge to design and plan experiences that provide a context for learning to happen is important. 

https://www.neilmosley.com/blog/is-there-a-skills-gap-in-learning-design


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4 Multiple-Choice Question Misunderstandings That Spell Trouble

Research shows that many multiple-choice questions are poorly written. One of the reasons they are poorly written is that many question writers have misunderstandings about multiple-choice questions. In this article, Patti Shank discusses 4 of these misunderstandings and what’s true instead.

https://elearningindustry.com/multiple-choice-question-misunderstandings-that-spell-trouble


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In the Age of Disruption, Learning Needs to Get Agile

RedThread Research has been leading the way in delving into the key trends surrounding learning methods during this time of unparalleled disruption. Their new report, Next-gen learning methods: What to use, how to choose, and when to cut them loose explores how companies are leveraging learning methods in different ways to help employees develop.

https://blog.fuseuniversal.com/redthreads-research-rings-true-in-the-age-of-disruption-learning-needs-to-get-agile


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Seven neuroscience backed-up facts for better learning experience design.

Anamaria Dorgo has collected this set of research on learning experience design. From trainers and learning experience designers to leaders, managers and even lifelong learners, we’ve all been trying to hack the learning process at least once in our lives. I have asked myself these question many times: What conditions need to be fulfilled for learning to happen? Why do we forget things we want to remember? Why do we remember things we never wanted to learn?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/seven-neuroscience-facts-better-learning-experience-design-dorgo/


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How to Build a Meaningful (and Massive) Community, From Someone Who’s Done it Twice

Want to build a thriving following for your brand—but have a tiny budget? Learn affordable yet effective community-building strategies from the marketing expert behind the communities at theSkimm and JIGGY puzzles.

https://buffer.com/resources/build-a-meaningful-and-massive-community/

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  • Zoom has added a new feature that allows you to control someone else’s slides
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  • The free Adobe Scan mobile app works on your mobile device, scans documents into PDFs, and automatically recognizes text.
  • Too many apps, emails and files? Get Curiosity and find everything in one place.
  • Palapa sits in the sweet spot between traditional forums and chat for thriving communities.

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Friday Finds: 2021 Tools Edition

I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.

Juansen Dizon

Happy New Year! I hope you’re enjoying your holidays. As you know, each weekly newsletter includes 5 useful tools, tips or apps to help make your work better or easier. Over the course of a full year that adds up to over 200+ things.

I often get asked questions like “what was that amazing thing you shared a few weeks ago that…{fill in the blank}” So this week I’m sharing the entire list of all the tools that were included in my newsletter in 2021. If you found anything that you’ve really enjoyed or benefitted from, I’d love to hear about it –just reply to this email.

Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year!


Last Week’s Most Clicked

Pre-Recorded Videos Prove More Effective for Student Learning Than In-Person Instruction


2021 Tools From The Newsletter

I’ve collected the tools from all the 2021 newsletters in this interactive website. You can browse the full list or use the category & subcategory filters to hone in on something specific you’re interested in.

https://20201tools.spread.name/

This site was built with a tool from the newsletter, Spreadsimple

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Friday Finds: Best of 2021

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

These last two weeks of the year will be a bit of a review with this week’s “Best Of” edition and another year in review type next week. I hope 2021 has been happy and successful for you and the ones you care about. Merry everything and happy always!

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I’d love to hear your feedback – as little or as much as you’re willing to share. What should I stop, start or continue to include in this newsletter?

Please click here to share your thoughts on this newsletter – good or bad.

What I’m Listening to:  

If you’re reading this before Christmas is over (or if you just want to keep the vibe alive a little longer) this Jazzy Christmas playlist is the perfect backdrop for whatever you’re into today.


Most Clicked Newsletter Items of 2021

In every newsletter I include the link from the previous edition that was clicked the most. Today I’ve collected them all into a “Best of 2021” edition. There were a few that were clicked the most 2 weeks in a row and one that reigned for 3 consecutive weeks. I hope you enjoy this look back at the most clicked links in 2021.

*** I’ve indicated some of my personal favorites as well.


5 Behavioral Biases That Trip Up Remote Managers
https://hbr.org/2021/06/5-behavioral-biases-that-trip-up-remote-managers

Animation in eLearning: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks https://www.ispringsolutions.com/blog/animation-elearning

Five of the best workplace learning theories
https://emeraldworks.com/resources/blog/l-d-research/workplace-learning-theories 

Pre-Recorded Videos Prove More Effective for Student Learning Than In-Person Instruction
https://www.diverseeducation.com/covid-19/article/15108673/study-pre-recorded-videos-prove-more-effective-for-student-learning-than-in-person-instruction


*** 3-to-1 Model for Learning 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2021/10/04/move-over-70-20-10-rule-3-

Five of the best workplace learning theories  
https://emeraldworks.com/resources/blog/l-d-research/workplace-learning-theories

Pre-Recorded Videos Prove More Effective for Student Learning Than In-Person Instruction 
https://diverseeducation.com/article/2061AERADivC34/

How to Use Plain Language Guidelines to Improve Learning Outcomes 
https://scissortailcs.com/how-to-use-plain-language-to-improve-learning-outcomes/ 

Introducing “Interteaching” (Works Online Too!)  https://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/nAndrewWatsonTTBow-you-tell-me-where 

The 10 Essential Strategies for Deeper Learning  https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2021/05/09/deep-learning-strategies/ 

3 Questions Answered by an L&D Giant: Julie Dirksen https://3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com/2020/12/15/3-questions-answered-by-an-ld-giant-julie-dirksen/ 

Principles for Remote Instruction
https://teacherhead.com/2021/01/21/principles-for-remote-instruction-notes-fr 

Alternatives to Correct and Incorrect Feedback
https://theelearningcoach.com/elearning 

16 Reasons Why People Don’t Share Their Knowledge— And What to Do About It https://stangarfield.medium.com/16-reasons-why-people-dont-share-their-knowledge-and-what-to-do-about-it-97ae51aaccb5 

The Nuts & Bolts of Instructional Design: A Beginner’s Toolkit https://www.learningguild.com/publications/151/the-nuts-bolts-of-instructiona 

Interactive Periodic Table of Amazing Learning Experiences https://www.51elementsoflearning.com/

The Biggest Myth in Education-Learning Styles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhgwIhB58PA 

Evidence-Based Perspectives on Hot L &D Topics https://www.learningguild.com/insights/269/research-review-evidence-based-per 

How to Design an Online Course with a 96% Completion Rate  https://medium.com/behavior-design/how-to-design-an-online-course-with-a-96-com 

The Dangers of Virtual Workshops (And the Framework That Makes Them Exceptional) https://www.crema.us/blog/the-dangers-of-virtual-workshops-and-the-framework-that-makes-them-exceptional 

Making Learning Objectives Explicit
https://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/making-learning-objectives-explicit-a-skeptic-converted/


*** The Learning Tech Landscape
https://redthreadresearch.com/the-learning-tech-landscape-more-just-more-comple 

*** How automation can streamline the role of L &D professionals https://www.chieflearningofficer.com/2021/08/10/how-automation-can-streamline-the-role-of-ld-professionals/ 

*** The Ultimate Guide to Giving Virtual Presentations on Zoom https://bethekeynote.com/guides/virtual-presentations-on-zoom 

100 New Tech Tools & Tips
https://mike-taylor.org/2021/03/02/ld-toolbox-for-february-2021/ 

Everything You Need to Know to Create Quizzes With Microsoft Forms https://practicaledtech.com/2021/04/04/everything-you-need-to-know-to-create-quizzes-with-microsoft-forms/ 

Most Online Courses Are a Waste of Your Time — Here’s How You Know  https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/most-online-courses-are-a-waste-of-your-time-heres-how-you-know-6af5626e66d9 


*** The Better Deck Deck
https://www.nolanhaimscreative.com/shop/betterdeck 

Animation in eLearning: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks https://www.ispringsolutions.com/blog/animation-elearning 

Rockstar Resources for PowerPoint
https://mike-taylor.org/2021/01/26/rockstar-resources-for-powerpoint/ 

Bright Carbon’s PowerPoint Holiday Cards
https://www.brightcarbon.com/blog/powerpoint-christmas-cards/ 

BrightCarbon’s Color Tool for PowerPoint
https://www.brightcarbon.com/resources/color-tool-powerpoint/ 

Creating Paragraph Styles in PowerPoint
https://creativepro.com/creating-paragraph-styles-in-powerpoint/ 

How to Write Bullet Points People Actually Want to Read
https://copyblogger.com/writing-bullet-points/ 


Top Free Design Resources
https://www.stinsondesign.com/blog/top-free-resources 

How can you find time to design?
https://uxdesign.cc/how-can-you-find-time-to-design-cc9a4e3a2b5d 

5 Ways to Create Visual Hierarchy
https://bootcamp.uxdesign.cc/5-ways-to-establish-visual-hierarchy-54db8f783175 

Asynchronous Design Critique: Getting Feedback
https://alistapart.com/article/asynchronous-design-critique-giving-feedback-p 


*** What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says
https://jamesclear.com/ira-glass-failure 

5 Behavioral Biases That Trip Up Remote Managers
https://hbr.org/2021/06/5-behavioral-biases-that-trip-up-remote-managers

Remedies for the Distracted Mind
https://behavioralscientist.org/remedies-distracted-mind/ 

Difficult Conversation Simulator
https://openmindplatform.org/app-difficult-conversations/ 

Top 3 Ways to Discover Inspiring Content 
https://medium.com/swlh/top-3-ways-to-discover-inspiring-content-as-a-creator-4 

Fixing the Overload Problem at Work
https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/fixing-the-overload-problem-at-work/ 

Feeling Busy & Distracted? It’s Not Your Fault
https://maketime.blog/article/feeling-busy-and-distracted-its-not-your-fault/ 

The Day You Became A Better Writer
https://youtu.be/lDwm-UPILuw 


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Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | December 17, 2021

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Richard Steele

Happy Friday! One of my favorite things we do for Christmas is a tradition from Iceland known as Jolabokaflod, which translates roughly into English as ‘the Christmas book flood’. In short, you give friends and family for Christmas to open on Christmas Eve. By tradition, everyone reads the books they have been given straight away, often while drinking hot chocolate or a Christmas ale called jólabland.  What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I discovered DJ Riko’s super fun, remixed holiday music over a decade ago and it is awesome. If you’d like a new take on holiday music you’ve got to check out this Merry Mixmas playlist If you like it you can browse his entire collection at  http://djriko.com/mixmases.htm 

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Last week’s most clicked item:
PowerPoint Holiday Cards


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The Dangers of Virtual Workshops (And the Framework That Makes Them Exceptional)

In this post, Justin Mertes shares his thoughts on virtual workshops and shares a framework help any facilitator, project manager, or leader of any virtual meeting or workshop determine just how collaborative to make their virtual experiences with digital collaborative tools. 

https://www.crema.us/blog/the-dangers-of-virtual-workshops-and-the-framework-that-makes-them-exceptional

Via the Daniel Wirtz newsletter which you should go and subscribe to right now! 

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Design

What is presentation design? Should you use powerpoint over keynote as a tool? How are professionals approaching presentation decks differently? How much does a professional charge to design an investor deck?

Ashley Smithers is a professional presentation designer and shares her “7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Design”. What should you avoid when designing a powerpoint presentation? Presentation Designer, Ashley Smithers, shares her top 7 tips on things to avoid in creating an investor deck. Don’t underestimate the power of having a killer deck.

Watch Now

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Small talk at work has big benefits

Dom Price tells us that feeling connected to your colleagues isn’t about high-fives at the office. It’s about being able to be your real, authentic self at work. Teams with strong personal relationships tend to produce better results. Making time to talk about things such as your shared purpose as a team, what you expect from one another, and what “fills your cup” when you’re not at work go a long way toward building deep rapport.

https://www.atlassian.com/blog/teamwork/small-talk-at-work

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High quality audio makes you sound smarter

When audio quality is high (vs low), people judge the content as better and more important. They also judge the speaker as more intelligent, competent, and likable. I’ve been wanting to upgrade my personal setup and now I REALLY need to get it done. 

https://tips.ariyh.com/p/good-sound-quality-smarter

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The State of Virtual Training

There’s no question that virtual training is here to stay. The bigger and better question is, how do we ensure it’s a successful learning method? Cindy Huggett’ State of Virtual Training Survey provides insights and recommendations for those of you who want to do it well.

https://www.cindyhuggett.com/blog/2022sovt/

  • Send personalized newsletters from a Google Sheet with Vero Newsletters
  • Create simple animations in your browser with Jitter 
  • Create & send a free video Christmas card with Greety.co
  • Use your iPhone as a WiFi web cam with EpocCam
  • Create impressive mockups with MockRocket

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | December 10, 2021

Motivation often comes after starting, not before. Action produces momentum.

James Clear

Happy Friday! I’m off to get my booster shot later today and hoping that goes well. Wherever you are, I hope you have a boost of goodness for your weekend. I have lots of great stuff to help get you started. Cheers!

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Spotify lured me into the top global hits of 2021, and surprisingly, I’m liking it more than I expected to. It started with The Weekend so I’m sticking with it today. 


Last week’s most clicked item:
How to Design an Online Course with a 96% Completion Rate


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PowerPoint Christmas cards to download and share

Forget decorations, snow and whatever other traditions you’re used to. I know it is holiday time when the new BrightCarbon PowerPoint Christmas cards hit the wires. They’ve been at it for a decade now and have accumulated great PowerPoint holiday cards. Don’t laugh…these are well designed and illustrate the power of PowerPoint in the right hands. 

https://www.brightcarbon.com/blog/powerpoint-christmas-cards/


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Make It Stick: 4 Big Ideas About Learning

In this recorded webinar, Peter C. Brown and Mark A. McDaniel, co-authors of “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning”, share techniques based on 10 years of cognitive psychology research for becoming more productive learners. Learn why retrieval, not review, makes learning stick, how spaced learning and mixed practice can increase learner retention, and see some studies on how these methods have been implemented in business environments.

Watch Now


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That Is Not How Your Brain Works

In the article, Lisa Feldman Barrett tells us to forget some scientific myths to better understand your brain and yourself. See which of these are myths you may not know are untrue. 

https://nautil.us/issue/98/mind/that-is-not-how-your-brain-works


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To Be Energy-Efficient, Brains Predict Their Perceptions

Results from neural networks support the idea that brains are “prediction machines” — and that they work that way to conserve energy. When we are presented with an ambiguous image, what we perceive can depend on the context. Some neuroscientists see this as evidence that the brain assembles its perceptions from the top down using predictions about what it expects.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/to-be-energy-efficient-brains-predict-their-perceptions-20211115


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The Ultimate Virtual Engagement E-book

I recently discovered Andrew Davis and have totally gone down the rabbit hole exploring all of his great tips and enjoying his speaking/presenting style. The ebook is great, but take a few minutes to watch the video for some golden insights for your next virtual event. 

https://www.akadrewdavis.com/virtual-event-engagement-video


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Podcasts


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Tools & Tips

  • Virtual Facilitator Cards is a rich source of activities for easy, creative virtual facilitation on Zoom 
  • AhaSlides is a new (to me at least) tool for interactive presentations with polls, etc. 
  • Headliner is a slick tool for turning podcasts or snippets from them into cool shareable videos
  • Synthesia might be what brings AI video to a project near you by creating AI-generated video in 50+ languages
  • Fathom is a new Zoom add-in that promises to let you “never take notes during a Zoom call ever again”

Where You Can Find Me


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | December 3, 2021

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

Socrates

Happy Friday! We’re entering the last month of the year and my mind is thinking about holiday gifts and decorations. Our tree is up and will be decorated soon. I need to kick my shopping into high gear. If you live somewhere like Ohio that can get pretty cold, you might want one of these “wearable sleeping bags“. What is on your Christmas list? Is there anything you’d be excited to receive as a gift? (My wife says the best gifts are something you’d love but wouldn’t buy for yourself.)

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Spotify just served up my most liked music of 2021 in my Spotify Wrapped playlist.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Difficult Conversation Simulator


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Top 100 Behavioral Design Books

It’s getting to be the time of the year for ‘best of” lists and this is a great one for expertly curated Behavioral Design books. This year’s list this includes several new titles based on nominations from Richard Thaler, Katy Milkman, Dan Ariely, Jonah Berger, Vanessa Bohns, and many other leaders of the field.

https://www.habitweekly.com/behavioral-books


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Behavior Design on Medium

Speaking of behavior design, you can find a bookmark worthy collection of “interesting thoughts at the intersection of technology, psychology, and business” over on Medium. 

https://medium.com/behavior-design


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How to Design an Online Course with a 96% Completion Rate

Take a peek behind the scenes of Seth Godin’s AltMBA course with the director of the altMBA, Wes Kao. She shares some of the secrets of this crazy successful course. 

https://medium.com/behavior-design/how-to-design-an-online-course-with-a-96-completion-rate-180678117a85


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Virtual Presentation Tips

These days just practically everyone is presenting virtually in one form or another. This is a rich collection of the most useful tips and tricks on the topic of virtual presentations from guests of the 356 Labs podcasts. I bet you’ll find some things that can benefit your online presentations – I did! 

Watch it on YouTube


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Marketing Tools

You probably know my thoughts about things marketing has that L&D should steal. Btw has curated a list of 250 top marketing tools by selecting the top 3-8 tools in each category like Email Marketing, Live Chat, Affiliate Marketing, Content Creation, Content Marketing, Website Builders etc. Lots of them are worth stealing for your L&D efforts. 

https://www.btw.so/marketing-tools


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Podcasts


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Tools & Tips

  • Scribe – Automatically generate step-by-step guides for any task.
  • Brandbird turns your screenshots into beautiful posts.
  • Createpull Illustration Builder lets you create custom illustrated characters in just a few clicks.
  • Flourish is a terrific tool for creating data visualizations even if you’ve never made a chart in your life. 
  • Speak Human generates human centric microcopy for you. 


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 26, 2021

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

Marcel Proust

Happy Friday! It is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. and I’m grateful that we were able to gather with our family and appreciative of all the the people who make us happy. I hope this finds you doing well and feeling blessed as well. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Today I’m channeling my feeling of gratitude with this Happy Music Mix.  


Last week’s most clicked item:
Remedies for the Distracted Mind


How to Be Thankful When You Don’t Feel Thankful

Even if you think you have little to celebrate this year, you can—and should—practice gratitude.

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/11/gratitude-thanksgiving/620799/


Gratitude and restoration this season as a salve for burnout

In this post, Britt Andreatta shares six strategies to bring more gratitude to your workplace. 

https://www.brittandreatta.com/gratitude-and-restoration-this-season-as-a-salve-for-burnout/


Why You Need to Protect Your Sense of Wonder — Especially Now

As the pandemic era goes on, more than ever we need ways to refresh our energies, calm our anxieties, and nurse our well-being. The cultivation of experiences of awe can bring these benefits and in this article the authors suggest a number of awe interventions for individuals as well as groups.

https://hbr.org/2021/08/why-you-need-to-protect-your-sense-of-wonder-especially-now


When giving thanks, don’t forget yourself  

At Thanksgiving and beyond, try this 5-minute reflection to refocus on the big picture. 

https://news.ufl.edu/2021/11/self-gratitude/


The Science Of Gratitude & How To Build A Gratitude Practice

Dr. Huberman discusses the science of gratitude, shown in peer-reviewed studies, to have tremendous positive effects on mental and physical health. 

https://hubermanlab.com/the-science-of-gratitude-and-how-to-build-a-gratitude-practice/


Difficult Conversation Simulator

To avoid activating another person’s defensive mode, you can respond in a way that doesn’t threaten their beliefs. This simulator teaches you three steps to navigate these difficult moments. 

https://openmindplatform.org/app-difficult-conversations/


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 19, 2021

“The secret of freedom lies in enlightening people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”

Maximilien Robespierre

Happy Friday! We are wrapping up our birthday week for the boys in our house. I’m grateful that I got to see my dad for lunch and for all the birthday wishes that remind me of all the times and places I’ve spent time and made friends. My bucket is overflowing with gratitude today. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I’m back to an old favorite today, listening to Kygo as I wrap up my week.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Evidence-Based Perspectives on Hot L&D Topics


Agile Learners: The Foundation for an Organization That Thrives

Lifelong learning is now roundly considered to be an economic imperative and “the only sustainable competitive advantage.”  In today’s era of accelerating change, disruption has become commonplace. Organizations need to implement strategies to become more resilient, adaptable, and able to capitalize on new opportunities. 

https://www.harvardbusiness.org/agile-learners-the-foundation-for-an-organization-that-thrives/


Remedies for the Distracted Mind

Cognitive neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and psychologist Larry Rosen make a convincing case for what you may have already been thinking: your brain is not well adjusted to our engaging—and distracting—modern world. Here they show you what the science says you can to do harness your distracted mind.

https://behavioralscientist.org/remedies-distracted-mind/

This article is part of a special issue “Connected State of Mind,” which explores the impact of tech use on our behavior and relationships. View the complete issue here.


No One Cares

Marcus Aurelius observed almost 2,000 years ago, “We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.” Many of us could become better off if we learned to care a good deal less than we do. In this article, Arthur Brooks recommends taking three steps to help with this. 

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/11/how-stop-caring-what-other-people-think-you/620670/


Conference Recordings & Resources

This week was jam packed with learning opportunities. It is going to take me awhile to catch up on all the goodness. Here are the events I was keeping an eye on this week. Did you drop into any of these? Did you glean any valuable takeaways? 


L&D Gift Ideas

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Do you have friends or family in the L&D world? Or maybe you’re looking for yourself? No matter, this guide from the Learning Guild offers ideas, advice, and inspiration for selecting the right gift for anyone with a passion for learning and development.

https://learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/gift-ideas-for-this-holiday-season


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • 7Taps is microlearning made easy
  • Glide Pages Transform your data into beautiful, powerful web apps & websites
  • Virtually is the easiest way to automate your private Zoom events
  • Umso is a great way to build a website quickly and easily.
  • Short.io is a white label link shortening tool

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