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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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
Here is a different, but interesting opportunity for L&D professionals: Wynter is looking for L&Ders that want to participate in a research study and get paid for their effort. Check the link here and join the research!

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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.

Thanks for reading. 

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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Friday Finds — Cognitive Overload, Spacing Retrieval,

Wynter is looking for L&D pros
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“The present is the past rolled up for action, and the past is the present unrolled for understanding.”

Will Durant

Happy Friday! After yesterday’s awesome VOV Lerend Netwerk’s event in Antwerp, I’m out with Mathias Vermeulen today in the Ardennes checking out as many Battle of the Bulge sites near Bastogne as we can fit into one day before I head back home tomorrow.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: I recently heard my daughter listening to a song from my college years by The Fray and it has sent me down memory lane this morning. Ah, those were the days!
(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Top 10 Tactics for Improving Multiple-Choice Questions


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Cameras On or Off? It Depends!

Like it or not, video conferencing platforms have become an integral tool for synchronous online teaching and learning. However, when the use of these tools increased due to emergency remote teaching. This article gives you some research-based insights that can help inform your camera policy and course design decisions.

Read about which is better – cameras on or off

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What to do when cognitive overload threatens your productivity

Cognitive overload occurs when too much information overwhelms our cognitive resources, making it difficult to learn and commit knowledge to long-term memory. This article from Atlassian offers some productivity tips to combat cognitive overload.

Learn about productivity tips to combat cognitive overload

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From bookmarks to brainstorming, Bublup your Digital Life

I’ve been a big fan of Bublup for a long time now. (It has been in my Top 10 Learning Tools list.) Watch this TLDC Elearning Tools Summit session with Leigh Ann Morgan as she walks through some of the useful features and how you might use it for your L&D work (and more!)

Watch video about using Bublup

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Spacing Retrieval is More Important than Extra Retrieval

Researchers have once again shown the benefits of spaced retrieval practice, but this set up was a little different. What you are about to see is that it isn’t about how much you study, but about how you study. Quality wins over quantity and we all get to save a little bit of time… making this great news for busy learners everywhere!

https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2022/9/7-1

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Which Fonts Are Best For Charts & Tables?

When in doubt, set your text in a font that’s easy to read. Easy to read is everything that readers are used to. On the web, that means sans-serif, neither overly narrow nor wide, regular (instead of bold or thin) text set in sentence case, in a size that’s big enough to read, and in black or almost black.

Learn more about the best fonts for charts and tables

 

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Friday Finds — Better MC Questions, Curation & Knowledge Management, Community Guide

Wynter is looking for L&D pros
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Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Tecumseh

Happy Friday! I’m super excited to be heading to Belgium next week for the VOV Pitstop at the Port House in Antwerp where we’ll spend an entire day focused on L&D tools and technologies. If you or anyone you know are in the area, please hit reply and let me know. I’d love to connect and say hello in-person.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: This SINY Radio playlist is a nice chilled out background for cranking out some work this morning. (If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Jane Hart’s Top 100 Tools for Learning


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Content Curation and Knowledge Management: Why They Matter and How They Connect

This post from Anders Pink takes a look at knowledge management, why it matters, and how it connects to curation. Which is more relevant than ever as more people and critical organizational knowledge are leaving in the context of ‘the great resignation’.

https://blog.anderspink.com/2022/09/content-curation-and-knowledge-management-why-they-matter-and-how-they-connect/

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Top 10 Tactics for Improving Multiple Choice Questions

Patti Shank shares 10 tactics that are the most important for writing well-written and
relevant multiple-choice questions. These are a must for anyone who ever creates assessment questions.

(If you like this, be sure to check out the Mindtools podcast that explores key takeaways fro Patti’s book “Write better multiple-choice questions to assess learning“)

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The Beginner’s Guide To Community Management

Richard Millington of FeverBee has put together a resource that helps newcomers in the community management realm quickly get up to speed on the basics. with plenty of resources, frameworks, and examples to help with the journey.

https://www.feverbee.com/guides/the-beginners-guide-to-community-management/

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Learn Airtable in 60 Minutes

Airtable is a fantastic tool that should be in your toolkit. In this video, Aron Korenblit will get you up to speed in just one hour. This is an hour well spent!

https://www.aatt.io/video/learn-airtable-in-60-minutes-with-aron-korenblit

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Elearning Storyboards

Bryan Jones of eLearning Art has created an “Ultimate Guide to Elearning Development” with lots of great stuff including a section on storyboards to get you started in the right direction for producing a storyboard that helps you build your next elearning or instructional design project quickly and efficiently. If you’re already a pro, you might want to jump directly to the big collection of 111 storyboard templates, using this link.

https://elearningart.com/development/storyboard/

 

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Friday Finds — Tools for Learning, Understanding Forgetting, Memorable Feedback


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

Richard Feynman

Happy Friday! It is football season here and that means that cooler weather and my favorite time of the year is just around the corner.  There is something about the band playing and the crowd cheering that just makes you feel good. I hope you’re feeling good too as you head into your weekend.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: This morning I’m checking out another recommendation from my daughter – The Neighborhood. So far, so good. (If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Swedish Philosophy of ‘Lagom’ (Just Enough)


Jane Hart’s Top Tools for Learning 

The results of Jane Hart’s annual tools for learning survey is in and it looks like the experimentation and influx of new tools from last year has abated with fewer tools being submitted this year. Check out this year’s list and other insights from this year’s data. 

https://www.toptools4learning.com/

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Understanding Forgetting

Forgetting is a necessary part of the brain’s memory management. It is powerful, inevitable and adaptive. Sarah Cottingham reminds us that the best thing we can do is understand it and work with it. 

https://overpractised.wordpress.com/2022/08/29/understanding-forgetting/

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Memorable Feedback: Lessons from Cognitive Psychology in Selective Attention

In order for feedback to even have a chance to improve learning, learners must first selectively attend to that feedback. (Filed under: No duh.) This article by Dr Bethany Brunsman and Dr Rob McEntarffer includes some suggestions for providing feedback to focus selective attention and improve learning.

https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2022/9/1-1

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Dr. Erich Jarvis: The Neuroscience Of Speech, Language & Music

Did you know that as we read, the muscles that generate speech engage. The same phenomenon does not occur when we hear or listen to sentences. In other words, reading is a form of speech practice. Dig into this and more great insights in this conversation with Erich Jarvis. 

https://hubermanlab.com/dr-erich-jarvis-the-neuroscience-of-speech-language-and-music/

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Effective Strategies for Managing Information Overload

Constant access to technology can be overwhelming. And when your work relies on habitual digital consumption, it can easily cause information overload. Tune into this conversation with digital wellness expert Julia Soffa on effective strategies you can adopt to overcome information overload. 

https://iorgforum.org/iorg-info-overload/effective-strategies-for-managing-information-overload/

 


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Friday Finds — Marketing Skills, NFL Instructional Designers, Just Enough


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Chinese proverb

Happy Friday! Today I’m very grateful to be feeling much better after last week’s bout with COVID. We were all fortunate that it came and went pretty quickly and everyone seems to have bounced back rather well. Now let’s hope we can ride that new found immunity for a long time.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: Today I’ve returned to another old favorite, Funkmammoth which is “elevator beat music”. (If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)

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Last week’s most clicked item:
shape.so customizable icons & illustrations


Will Instructional Designers Become The Latest NFL Craze?

NFL teams are always searching for an edge. Though they appear to be quite late to this education innovation. Hopefully if the Denver Broncos go on a winning binge, we’ll see ID job posting throughout the NFL and maybe even other pro sports.

https://defector.com/will-instructional-designers-become-the-latest-nfl-craze/


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Why you should learn to market stuff (including yourself)

A good, fun reminder that even if you’re not a marketer, it is important for you to have marketing skills. https://thewokesalaryman.com/2022/08/19/why-you-should-learn-to-market-stuff-including-yourself/ 


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CompTIA Workforce & Learning Trends 2022

CompTIA’s recent Learning Trends report says “Everyone’s looking for the unicorn. The ask really has not changed significantly over the years. They want agile learners. They want critical thinkers. And they want experience in the technology du jour. But there is more openness to signals of someone’s willingness to learn new technologies and then to support that with L&D.”

https://www.comptia.org/content/research/workforce-and-learning-trends-2022


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The Swedish philosophy of lagom: how “just enough” is all you need

Lagom is the modern, Swedish twist on an ancient idea. It means “just enough,” and it involves finding contentment in satisfaction. It’s an idea that might change how you see your life.

https://bigthink.com/thinking/swedish-philosophy-lagom-just-enough/


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We Need to Talk About How Good AI Is Getting

A lot of noteworthy progress has happened lately in the field of AI and we should be paying attention. This article gives a good overview of where things stand — one of the main things to consider – that we are very bad at grasping exponential change.

New York Times

 


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WTF Does Marketing Have to Do With It?

Are you a marketer? Take a few moments to seriously consider your answer. 

If you answered no, I’d like to suggest that, as Seth Godin says “Everybody is a marketer

We either don’t realize this or equate salespeople with shady characters who try to steal our attention, lie to us, and swindle us into buying things we don’t want. If you’re in that camp, I’d ask you to consider a few things. 

Learning & development professionals want to make change happen, influence culture, and help people succeed, don’t they?

What are the best ways to convince your leaders, your co-workers or your stakeholders to action? What’s the best way to convince them to support your efforts or join your cause?

The answer depends on a lot of factors, but none of them involve elearning tools or learning management systems. If you want to really connect with your people and get better results ,you should seriously consider trying out some marketing tactics.

What are some things good marketers know that many L&D pros don’t? 

  • “The human brain doesn’t run on logic any more than a horse runs on petrol” -Rory Sutherland

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  • First impressions really matter. The first second of your content may matter than all the rest. (If there are any others.)

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  • Anything that doesn’t capture attention doesn’t exist. (See the “Monkey Business Illusion”.)

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Marketing done right changes the game. It can amp up your impact, help you create better designs, and most importantly give you a new perspective. A perspective that can unlock new and exciting new possibilities. 

The best thing about it is that mindsets are free. This doesn’t require any expensive new tools or software. Just using what you have in an innovative new way that helps you:

  • Spread your message in a way that resonates
  • Save time, money and learn to use your tools more effectively

I’ve been a big believer in applying Marketing tools and techniques to L&D for a very long time and have seen the difference it can make first hand. Bianca Baumann and I are running a full-day pre-conference workshop on these topics at DevLearn – “Using the Marketing Playbook to Score Better L&D Results”. 

We think it is a great way to adopt a new “marketing strategy” for your L&D efforts But don’t take my word for it here are what some of the previous participants have to say about it. 

Past feedback: 

  • Terrific class. More than worth the cost of the conference!! So good!
  • This was a great, information filled workshop. Very worth my time. I’ll be taking back a lot of ideas to try out at “home”.
  • Terrific information and tools. You were very generous in the resources shared with us. One of the most valuable aspects was having to work on applying learnings. Thank you!
  • Really great. I enjoyed the fast paced, new information; relevant and actionable for a project back home. Exciting new ways to educate myself and share the knowledge with my company. Great handout and activities. Both of you had great energy and it showed! Thank you for introducing me to these tools. Totally stealing everything!
  • Great session. I appreciated many of the resources and tools the instructors recommended. Gives us a good place to start and I feel our company can immediately apply what was learned today.
  • It was a great workshop. I loved that we covered a variety of topics so that we knew enough about lots of things that we could dig deeper on our own.
  • Excellent ideas and resources that I’ll be able to take back and apply right away.
  • Very helpful! Appreciated the ability to walk through a whole project (in manageable chunks) and also appreciated the wealth of tools we covered both in class and as part of the takeaway package.

Bianca Baumann and I invite you to join us at DevLearn to learn more about that marketing has for L&D pros

Friday Finds — Video for Learning, Async Collaboration, Designing Hybrid Learning


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“For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt of yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.”

Carol Dweck

Happy Friday! COVID has hit our household. We’re all doing ok – just tired and taking lots of naps. My son had it a few months ago, so hopefully his immunity is still strong and he’ll get to skip this round. It stinks for my daughter whose birthday was yesterday. But at least I still got to give her birthday hugs. Hope your week has been great and COVID-free! 

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to:  This Sunny Day playlist has me thinking about getting outside in the sun again soon! 

(If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)


Last week’s most clicked item:
10 Copywriting Tips Based On Persuasion Science


Creating Better Video For Learning

In this post, Patti Shanks shares what the evidence says about designing good instructional video.  It discusses the attributes of media and technologies for digital or blended instruction, selecting content and social interactions, and the strengths and challenges of video.

https://elearningindustry.com/creating-better-video-for-learning-part-1

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Syncing Fast and Slow: How To Streamline Async Collaboration

This is an interesting article that includes 4 ways async work can streamline collaboration. “When your default is fewer meetings and more deep work, you have the chance to experience a calmer, more productive workday.”

https://www.float.com/blog/streamline-async-collaboration/

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Experts just give more advice, not better

“Skillful performance and skillful teaching are not always the same thing, so we shouldn’t expect the best performers to necessarily be the best teachers as well,” says lead study author David Levari of Harvard Business School in a media release.

https://www.studyfinds.org/experts-dont-give-better-advice/

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Designing Learning Programs for a Hybrid Workplace

Many leaders are anxious about developing talent in a hybrid work environment. But because virtual learning can be scaled relatively easily; delivered flexibly and in ways that accommodate other ongoing work; and spaced to allow opportunities for learning to be embedded into long-term memory, built upon, and practiced, well-designed virtual learning has been shown to be as effective as in-person learning — and often more so.

https://hbr.org/2022/07/designing-learning-programs-for-a-hybrid-workplace

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Friday 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.
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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. 

Watch Video

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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.

Watch Video


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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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  • Nerdbord is a platform for creating engaging, practise driven workshops and courses
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  • Build a personal professional website with Hiya
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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”

How was this week’s newsletter? Help me improve

It was valuable!  |  Meh. Just ok  |  Not so good.

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