Brain science meets social media

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

Brain learning is currently a hot topic in the Netherlands amongst learning professionals. They interviewed various scientists and are translating new insights from brain science into practical consequences for organising effective learning situations. We hope to combine insights from brain science with the way you can use social media in learning processes. The brain of connections - Brains are not static, but dynamic and changing.

The Father Effect: Lessons Learned from Our Dads


As we approach Father’s Day, a familiar tune has been circling my brain all week. While, I don’t have children of my own, I have benefitted greatly from the many lessons learned from my dad and grandpa. There’s so much we can learn from the internet or from learning programs, but some of life’s lessons are best learned from the fathers in our lives or whoever fills the “father” role in your world. Articles

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The Flipped Learning Revolution — Coming to a Brain Near You?

Dashe & Thomson

My colleague Jon Matejcek first covered it back in March in his article “ Online Academy Helps to Keep Lectures Where They Belong: Out of the Classroom.” As Daniel Pink writes in an article for The Telegraph , the flipped classroom is so intuitive that when you hear about it “you want to slap your forehead at the idea’s inexorable logic.” One of the concepts in training that has taken the biggest strides this year has been that of the “flipped classroom.”

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Brain Fitness

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness : 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews, to Keep Your Brain Sharp. Exercising workers’ brains boosts collective brainpower. Brains are dynamic systems that change over a lifetime.

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What Can eLearning Learn from “7 Ways Video Games Reward the Brain?”

Integrated Learnings

A few weeks ago, a colleague pointed me to a recent talk, “ 7 Ways Video Games Reward the Brain ,” presented by Tom Chatfield. But what about a longer course with several eLearning lessons? An experience bar might represent lessons completed, case studies resolved, tasks done correctly.or How we can apply it: A previous post on this blog suggests that several smaller lessons can motivate learners by offering a clear sense of progress through a course. By Shelley A.

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Brain Based Learning

eLearning Blender

I read an interesting article titled "Behavioral, Cognitive, or Brain Based Learning" by Paul G. By taking "Brain Based Learning" into consideration during the performance analysis, it is likely there may be unexpected outcomes discovered.

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Creating Big Lessons by Using Small Data

Vignettes Learning

Rapid learning is achieved by putting lessons in micro-scenarios. Instead of pontificating on large data, eLearning methodology selects only a micro-lesson which can be plucked from the whole knowledge source. In his article, Little Data Makes Big Data More Powerful , Mark Bonchek shares a parallel view. I compared these micro-lessons to kernels. Instead of serving the "whole pie of knowledge" all at once, serving slices to elearners is also effective.

The Science of Connection

CLO Magazine

This story was told by a Zappos employee and quoted in a June 2017 Forbes article, “Tony Hsieh Reveals the Secret to Zappos’ Customer Service Success in One Word.” But its lesson isn’t about flowers. These shared feelings create similar processing in the brains of those participating.

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Comic Books and eLearning: Lessons from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art”

Convergence Training

And in that article, we promised to follow up with a second article that focuses on the classic book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. And we also promised that the second article would focus on some lessons from comic book design that we can apply to the design of eLearning other forms of learning. This, my friend, is that second article. Because that’s the whole point of this article. Review of the Definition and Lessons.

The Secret to Beating the Forgetting Curve


Is it better to binge on new lessons, or to learn incrementally over time? As it turns out, the answer is a decisive “no,” because that’s not how human brains are wired. This explains why you can read an article or watch a video and, if you get quizzed about it immediately afterward, you’ll score well… but if you don’t take that exact same quiz until ten days later, your score will often drop because you’ve already begun to forget some of that new information.

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Creating Big Lessons By Using Small Data

Vignettes Learning

Rapid learning is achieved by putting lessons in micro-scenarios. Instead of pontificating on large data, eLearning methodology selects only a micro-lesson which can be plucked from the whole knowledge source. In his article Little Data Makes Big Data More Powerful, Mark Bonchek shares a parallel view. Selecting a small data or a micro-lesson is indeed an effective way to bring lessons across in an eLearning environment.

“Brain Freeze: Does your eLearning System Cause Learning Paralysis?”

Vignettes Learning

However, the influx of information to an individual’s brain may prove to be debilitating to one’s decision making process or may result to learning paralysis for learners. A serious side effect is “ brain freeze.” In her study, volunteers’ brain activities were measured with an fMRI.

brain-mind learning principles

The Learning Circuits

in exploring the new horizons for learning site, i came across an interesting set of articles by renate nummela caine and geoffrey caine. in their research on the human brain and learning, they established twelve principles regarding how we learn and what prevents us from learning. The Brain-Mind is social. The Brain-Mind processes parts and wholes simultaneously. but if done well, the learner would never forget the lesson taught.

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Lessons From The Guggenheim, Spain

The eLearning Coach

While touring this architectural wonder, it felt as though my brain couldn’t process all the sensory input I was perceiving. See Your Brain On 3D Learning for more on this topic. Related Articles: 10 Social Media Tools For Learning.

Is Your Organization Losing Its Brain? Collecting Stories to Transfer Knowledge

Vignettes Learning

And though not everyone who turns 62 or 65 retires right away, enough do that some companies are trying to head off the problem.Losing veteran workers is a challenge, even for big companies like General Mills.But the older-worker brain drain is a big concern for industries like mining and health care." says Yuki Noguchi in her article "Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire." "Not What is your organization doing to preserve its brain?

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How to be prepared for online teaching and how to overcome potential difficulties - Technology meets Education

This article will focus on how technical and pedagogical difficulties can be beaten, as management difficulties can be largely solved through the inclusion of students into an LMS (Learning Management System). Some of the most common technical difficulties that a teacher may encounter in synchronous learning are the following: Before the lesson: Microphone failure. In case you spot voice problems try to solve them before starting the lesson by providing help where needed.

Life Lessons from Wheel of Fortune

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Pattern-finding is something our brains do automatically. Esquire magazine wrote a great article about the 26 year old fashion editor that purposefully created "luck" combing preparation and opportunity on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune. Honing that ability and consciously applying it to reach a goal takes motivation, desire, and tenacity.

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Brain Learning and eLearning Design - The Learning Circuits Blog , July 1, 2010 David Grebow suggested this month’s Big Question (thanks David). There’s been a lot of discussion around cognitive theory and “how the brain learns.&# Best of eLearning Learning. July 2010.

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With 1 Sentence John McCain Taught 3 Lessons For You to Remember About Leadership


On Saturday, August 26th, 2018, he lost his battle with Brain Cancer at the age of 81. A version of this article originally appeared on There are those who speak about leadership and then, there are those who are leaders. John McCain is the latter. Surviving nearly six years as a Vietnam Prisoner of War, this great American hero went on to serve as Senator of Arizona. Despite his unsuccessful run for President in 2008, McCain’s achievements amounted to plenty.

What is Holoportation and why it is the next big thing in education - Technology meets Education

Video Version of the article here. Microsoft, being the brains behind the development, defines Holoportation as a 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. Imagine a scenario where different schools can interact and experience the same lessons together. ArticlesToday's world has never become so connected in the past.

How to Weave Hard Facts and Emotions into your eLearning Lessons

Vignettes Learning

In his article on learning instincts he argues that human beings have an innate instinct (nature) to learn and develop skills necessary for us to survive and flourish. As designers of learning, we can conclude here that to make our lessons more effective, we need to strike that balance between making our learners feel and retaining valuable information. The human BRAIN reacts to stories by pairing previous personal experiences with the new information via emotional connections.

‘The brain and digital learning’: A review of Stella Collins’ new chapter


Why are games having more impact on our brains than digital learning? These are just some of the questions explored in Stella Collins’ chapter on ‘The brain and digital learning’ in the new edition of Neuroscience for Learning and Development. However, digital learning programs designed to enhance learning specific skills may have less impact on our brains. A list of features of digital that do help learning – from the brain’s point of view.

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What is the evidence around spaced repetition

Ed App

This article will give you a short, highly interesting timeline of the evidence which supports this learning tool. In plainer English , during learning, electrical activity happens in the brain. This study found significant activity in the right frontal part of the brain, 543–727 milliseconds after the learning period began. As researchers investigate this tool further, they find that it causes neurological (brain) activity which enhances learning.

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3 Myths That Prevent You from Learning


Contrary to what we might think, when we sleep, the brain is far from being “at rest” (Rasch et al., As Dehaene describes it, “the brain works more during sleep for learning than during the day before. Learning is not always a pleasure since it involves questioning what you thought you knew, coming up against your limits, making efforts to overcome them, repeating lessons or actions to master them, not necessarily understanding or succeeding the first time, etc.

Best articles on Working Smarter, April 2012

Jay Cross

Her heart and her brain are on the side of copyreasonableness, and thus she reacts strongly against the insane copyright totalitarianism that has come to be taken as obvious, normal, and even righteous. Flip this lesson! GEORGE SIEMENS. APRIL 19, 2012. Remaking education in the image of our desires. The current generation of students will witness the remaking of our education system. Education faces enormous pressure. It’s much, much bigger. MORE >> DAVID WEINBERGER.

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Learner Marketing: How Storytelling Can Boost Learner Engagement

Learning Wire

In our previous article about learner marketing, we explained how you can create a 360° communications strategy that puts learners at the heart of the learning process. Storytelling is a way of anchoring lessons learned through training. Interestingly, it’s the story that sticks in learners’ mind, with the brain then pulling together the pieces of knowledge connected to the narrative. Article L&D Best Practices

Wisdom 2.0: Mindfulness and business

Jay Cross

eights hours of practice is enough to change the brain. had thought brain was fixed. how alterations in the body will feedback back to the brain. cultivating well being will change the brain in ways that change the body. Born at Google and based on brain science , SIY uses the practices of mindfulness to train Emotional Intelligence skills, leading to resilience, positive mindset, and centered leadership. Brain Science The Future Working Smarter Wisdom 2.0

Optimizing Ideation


Another artifact of our brain is that being exposed to ideas don’t necessarily lead to immediate connections. Sharing the lesson learned, regardless of outcome, is as important as the actual experiment. Articles Enterprise Learning Learning Corporate Training Design eLearning elearning advice Learning and developmentI’ve a personal mantra that you have to generate a lot of ideas to get a collection of good ones.

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Using Microlearning to Accelerate Productivity


Learners access the lesson when they need it, use that information to accomplish their task, and consult the lesson when they complete the task again. Research shows that humans learn better when they’re given quick, relevant lessons. If you don’t remember much, that doesn’t mean that there was no important information in that meeting, it just means your brain was too overloaded to retain the most important chunks. Articles Enterprise Learning

What NOT to do in L&D


As do most articles in the L&D space, I frequently talk about what we should do. When done right, showing your work also creates ‘safety’, in that mistakes are visible but they’re used as lessons and not as shaming. Instead, you want to celebrate, not the mistake, but the lesson learned. If everyone thinks the same, most of those brains are redundant. And, it occurred to me, that I could (and should) also talk about what we shouldn’t do.

Summarizing Learn for Yourself

Jay Cross

When I’m deciding whether reading a lengthy article is worth my time, I’ll sometimes dump it in a summarizer to figure out if it’s worthwhile to read further. Traditional] To gain knowledge or information of; to ascertain by inquiry, study, or investigation; to acquire understanding of, or skill; as, to learn the way; to learn a lesson; to learn dancing; to learn to skate; to learn the violin; to learn the truth about something. Brain Science Learn For Yourself

Microlearning Under the Microscope


You see it in magazine articles, conference talks, and of course vendor ads. If you're like most of us, you participate in clubs, attend events, take some lessons maybe. More importantly, it aligns with how our brains learn. Articles Learning Mobile LearningOf late, there's been a flurry of attention to the term 'microlearning'. And it has been portrayed as everything from the latest fad to the solution to all ills.

New thoughts on design thinking


In the early 80’s, I read an article calling for a cognitive engineering: designing systems that matched how our brains work. One of the primary lessons from design thinking is the need to be more broadly inclusive in the exploration of potential solutions. Articles Course Design Enterprise Learning Learning Design design thinking

Does Your Course Suffer from Learner Burnout?


Learners are more prone to be interrupted mid-lesson, and then have to pick up where they left of at a later date. Sometimes a new learner will sign up for a course and burn through several lessons, only to fall off the map after a week.

Highlights from the C3 Agenda (Part 2)


With C3 less than a month away, we are getting super excited to see you and embark on new lessons in learning and development. Borrowing from the latest in neuroscience, we’ll share the secrets to developing training that frees the brain to operate in reward mode and at peak performance. Articles C3

eLearning & Training: How Long is Too Long?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Kevin Siegel      You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen. But for the lesson to be effective, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that  more  does not mean  better. If your lesson plays too long, you run the risk of losing the attention span of your learner and lowering the effectiveness of the lesson in general.

5 Steps to a Successful Blended Learning Strategy

Learning Rebels

People tend to think they created a blended solution because participants are completing pre/post work online or reading an online article or watching a YouTube video. Where will discussions, feedback and lessons be hosted? Be creative to encourage engagement and ensure chosen modalities help move learning lessons forward. Participants get bored and do the minimum required without connecting with the lessons with outcomes. Blended Learning Strategy.