How to Overcome Information Overload – Interview with Steven W. Anderson

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Information overload, also known as "information glut" and "data smog", is a widely known phenomenon caused by an abundance of information that our brain cannot cope with. To get to the bottom of information overload problem, we interviewed an educator, speaker, director of Instructional Technology, #edchat contributor and author of the “Content curation. How to avoid Information overload” book - Steven W.

Here’s the Secret Number to Help You Avoid Information Overload

eLearningMind

You may not realize it, but we have a natural defense to avoid information overload. Why do humans almost naturally default to this method of “chunking” information? Your working memory is what’s responsible for holding important information and sorting it into short-term memory or discarding it completely. As it turns out, your brain’s working memory capacity is limited based on a number of items of information given to you at a time.

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TAMING INFORMATION OVERLOAD BEFORE IT DEVOURS

Wonderful Brain

The temptation to employ every idea and methodology is an organic consequence of information overload. Rather than making learning design more direct and focused, content is too easily diluted by non-essential information—that, while interesting and valuable—does nothing to amplify the quality of the learning solution. At the same time, as this graphic illustrates, our brains just can’t take it all in.

Your Brain on Learning

CLO Magazine

When the brain learns, it acquires information through a person’s various senses, and this information travels along the synapses to the short-term memory. After the information has been processed in working memory, it is carried to the brain’s core where it is compared with things we know or have experienced, and then stored in long-term memory. But only in roughly the past decade have conversations on how the brain learns appeared in talent management circles.

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Hire the heart and train the brain

Litmos

Hire the heart and train the brain; this is an axiom that many of us have heard before. However, I am making the argument that "soft skills" should be renamed "Core Skills", in that without these skills you will not succeed in the workplace as we move beyond the industrial age to the information age. . This means we must start paying attention and hire the heart and train the brain. . Don’t worry about overwhelming people with information overload.

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“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. Considering the limitations of the brain’s working memory to handle a certain quantity of information, elearning developers should seriously reflect on their implementation strategies. A serious side effect is “ brain freeze.” In “Dying for Information?”

Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist

KnowledgeCity

Then, the digital information age took over. Today’s workplace has become a hotbed of information overload and constant digital and human distractions. Using a few simple tools, such as prioritizing, chunking and brain dumps can get you in better control of where to focus your attention. Brain Dump— Time management is not completely dead. You still make lists but update that list by doing a brain dump.

Unconscious bias is impacting your organizational performance, whether you know it or not

OpenSesame

Every day, people are faced with countless bits of information while making decisions of all sizes. As they confront more and more information, requiring them to act quickly while considering varying perspectives, they’re primed to rely on biased thinking.

Managing Cognitive Load in Content Design

Magic EdTech

All these cases hints to the information overload. The theory was proposed by John Sweller in 1988 and is built on the way the human mind processes information. Let us understand how the human brain processes information. “The instructor is too fast.”.

When Will AI Stop Being “Artificial?”

Learningtogo

It was coined by mathematician John von Neumann to define a theoretical moment when the artificial intelligence of computers surpasses the capacity of the human brain. Instead of trying to make a computer act like the human brain, we try to make our brains a bit more like computers. Samsung is developing a device to enable people to operate a computer through brain signals. They hope to understand how her brain transmits these commands.

Is Microlearning the Future of Education?

mLevel

In today’s technology driven world, information is available at the touch of a button, or even a voice command. Whatever the subject, all it takes is a quick Google search and learners are faced with a deluge of information. This amount of information, while useful in many ways, also presents a unique and rather complex challenge: information overload. The concept is based on research on how the human brain retains information and how it is wired to learn.

What Does It Mean to Be Intelligent?

Learningtogo

It was coined by mathematician John von Neumann to define a theoretical moment when the artificial intelligence of computers surpasses the capacity of the human brain. Instead of trying to make a computer act like the human brain, we try to make our brains a bit more like computers. Samsung is developing a device to enable people to operate a computer through brain signals. They hope to understand how her brain transmits these commands.

Is Microlearning the Future of Education?

mLevel

In today’s technology driven world, information is available at the touch of a button, or even a voice command. Whatever the subject, all it takes is a quick Google search and learners are faced with a deluge of information. This amount of information, while useful in many ways, also presents a unique and rather complex challenge: information overload. The concept is based on research on how the human brain retains information and how it is wired to learn.

Cognitive prostheses

Clark Quinn

The same adaptive capabilities that let us cope with information overload in both familiar and new ways also lead to some systematic flaws. Basically, your brain fills in the rest (which leaves open the opportunity to make mistakes). We ‘chunk’ information together as we learn it, and can then hold more total information at one time. Processing information in short term memory can lead to it being retained in long term memory.

Attract Students’ Attention in 30 Seconds or Less

Experiencing eLearning

Official description: Information overload, tripletasking, hyperchoice, and short attention spans are just a few of the symptoms of the modern client. The same part of your brain that handles gestures handles tone. Better Beginnings: How to attract students’ attention in 30 seconds or less. Presented by Dr. Carmen Taran. Thanks to the eLearning Guild.

Using the ridiculous and exaggerated situations to hone learning ideas.

Vignettes Learning

However, what works in our brain is something like this. " The Flirtation " - a very short story suited for Call Center eLearners Click here to view " The Flirtation " " Information Overload " - illustration of the negative impacts of data dump Click here to view " Information Overload " Our brain stores experiences Our brain tends to restore event highlights in our lives. It jolts our brain to relate to past experiences.

3 Mental models for learning L&D professionals should know about

Matrix

In an age where tsunami-size waves of information are constantly hitting us and things change with unprecedented speed, the one ability that will keep people and business afloat is the one to think critically. The truth about brain plasticity. For a long time it was thought that the human brain could no longer suffer modifications after a certain age. Then research proved that brain plasticity is real — even in the case of adults.

Doing Conferences Differently – How to Beat Post-Conference Depression

Learningtogo

Soon, your memories of that learning experience, though positive, have receded into the cobwebs of your mind, right next to your college roommate’s third ex-boyfriend and that nagging reminder that you’ve neglected something important that keeps sounding a soft alarm in your brain. But that nagging alarm in your brain keeps throbbing. We know that unless new information is spaced and reinforced, we start to forget it after just a few minutes. Do you suffer from PCD?

Doing Conferences Differently – How to Beat Post-Conference Depression

Learningtogo

Soon, your memories of that learning experience, though positive, have receded into the cobwebs of your mind, right next to your college roommate’s third ex-boyfriend and that nagging reminder that you’ve neglected something important that keeps sounding a soft alarm in your brain. But that nagging alarm in your brain keeps throbbing. We know that unless new information is spaced and reinforced, we start to forget it after just a few minutes. Do you suffer from PCD?

Attention Spans Are Getting Shorter

Nick Leffler

There’s a lot of information coming at us. It used to be just newspapers where we got our news, then came radio, then TV, then Internet, then our brains exploded. I mentioned above there’s so much stuff coming at us we’re likely to experience a brain explosion. It’s more important than ever to learn how to manage all this information. One of Harold’s methods of making sense of the information he runs across is blogging.

A message about learning from the C-suite

CLO Magazine

Actually, 100 percent is in your hands — for learning ultimately happens in your brain, and you are the one who ultimately brings new knowledge, skills and commitments into the workplace and your life. And all of this is happening in a very complex and expanding information environment.

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Accelerate Employee Performance Using the Learning Curve: Part 1 Anxiety

Infopro Learning

Timing is Everything Series: Intro , Anxiety, (Part 2 Information Overload coming May 17th). Although it might sound counterintuitive, the anxiety that employees feel to perform on the job at the outset of a training program actually helps them to retain information more effectively. The first training event should provide base information upon which knowledge will be built upon later. Brain Science: Pre-training is Essential to a Complete Training Package.”

Accelerate Employee Performance Using the Learning Curve: Part 1 Anxiety

Infopro Learning

Timing is Everything Series: Intro , Anxiety, (Part 2 Information Overload coming May 17th). Although it might sound counterintuitive, the anxiety that employees feel to perform on the job at the outset of a training program actually helps them to retain information more effectively. The first training event should provide base information upon which knowledge will be built upon later. Brain Science: Pre-training is Essential to a Complete Training Package.”

How to Create Context-Setting Learning Objectives - Tip #162

Vignettes Learning

We are inundated by the constant and steady bombardment of information from just about any form of media available - on a daily basis. According to Dr. Daniel Levitin, PhD , author of the bestselling book This is Your Brain On Music, we process 34 gigabytes of information during our leisure time alone and we would have created a world with 300 exabytes of human made information.

Task, Interrupted: How to Seamlessly Integrate Training into Work

Litmos

Case in point: according to the Information Overload Research Group (IORG) , if a knowledge worker is interrupted at work, it takes 10 to 20 times the duration of the interruption to recover and get back to their previous task. According to Jonathan Spira, author of Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization, interruptions and information overload are responsible for 28 billion wasted hours a year — a loss of almost $1 trillion to the U.S.

7 Mobile Learning Facts L&D Managers Should Know

Obsidian Learning

When designing learning for a mobile device, we have a tendency to design in a landscape orientation, both because our brain has been trained on PowerPoint slides, and because we’re trying to maximize the available real estate for content presentation. Employees can often be subject to information overload, and the ability to find and assimilate the right information at the right time is as important as learning a new concept or process.

The Value Of Training Employees With Microlearning

Ed App

Once you have the information on what each individual employee can and should do to be effective in their role, it is seamless to educate them with microlearning modules focused around that information. Microlearning Can Help Avoid Information Overload. One of the problems with traditional methods of training is that they dump sheer volumes of information onto the learner in every session. What do corporate organizations think of microlearning?

Spaced repetition and the forgetting curve

Ed App

Some of his discoveries morphed into a theory commonly referred to as the “ forgetting curve ,” which relates to the effect of repetition and time on the ability to remember new things or information. But generally, people study and retain information; therefore, the forgetting curve is not the end of the story. . Forgetting is a significant element of the learning process since it helps the brain categorize vital information from irrelevant information.

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Two Simple Tools for Creating More Impactful Content

Mike Taylor

The dreaded data dump: no one wants to sit through anything that overloads them with information overload. Overloading your audience with too much information leads to LESS understanding – not more! When you cram too much information into the heads of your audience, the result is often a colossal waste of time for everyone. Contrary to what many people think, our brains do not work like video recorders. What does your content process look like?

Too Much Information or a Skills Gap

Tony Karrer

Too Much Information) (found via Stephen Downes ). Information Overload and Learning.” where Kevin points out: TMI floods the brain with data, preventing comprehension and elaboration, and thus, preventing learning. Jonah Lehrer suggests the danger of too much information is “it can actually interfere with understanding.” Because the brain has a do-it-yourself attitude toward learning. Wesley Fryer discusses How are you dealing with TMI?

How Leading Medical Device Manufacturers Can Build Expert Sales Teams

Inkling

But what distinguishes a medical device territory manager from his peers is the amount of information she is expected to retain about her product line or specialization. Regardless of one’s sales experience, reps are expected to master their product lines, which can result in information overload. Knowing it is difficult to recall product knowledge in an instant for each stakeholder, make it easy to find and access key information your reps need, when they need it.

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Devlearn conference day one: an exhilarating day

Challenge to Learn

The brain filters information (to prevent information overload), in principle you forget the most information that you encounter, you need to reactivate the facts in order to really store them in your brain. Two days after the learning event you have to trigger the information by asking (multiple choice questions). It forces you to retrieve the information and that will enhance the retention.

Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist

KnowledgeCity

Then the digital information age took over. Today’s workplace has become a hotbed of information overload and constant digital and human distractions. Using a few simple tools, such as prioritizing, chunking and brain dumps can get you in better control of where to focus your attention. Brain Dump— Time management is not completely dead – it just requires an update for today’s digital workplace. You still make lists but update that list by doing a brain dump.

Tips to Deliver Successful Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

ReadyTech

The human brain’s short-term memory can only hold 7 pieces of information for about 30 seconds. That means the brain quickly forgets large amounts of information—which doesn’t bode well in a VILT environment. Information overload is a surefire way to lose your students before the class even gets underway.

5 Reasons Compliance Training Should Be Game-Based

Lemonade

But here’s the thing, the information in compliance training is actually really important. They require constant interaction (active learning) with the content and present information in an informative (and enjoyable) way that grabs the learners’ attention to keep them coming back for more. Studies show that information overload is real and has a detrimental effect on knowledge retention. Let’s be honest. No one is lining up to take compliance training.

Letting Go of the Need to Know Everything: Use Context Setting Learning Objectives

Vignettes Learning

How do we make sense of the huge barrage of information that we encounter on a daily basis? According to Dr. Daniel Levitin, PhD , author of the bestselling book This is Your Brain On Music, we process 34 gigabytes of information during our leisure time alone and we would have created a world with 300 exabytes of human made information. Hence, information and its application seem to be divorced from each other.

Are Your Video Transitions Helping or Hurting?

TechSmith Camtasia

The human brain needs short little breaks. The human brain is complex in how it handles information overload. When the brain gets confused or overwhelmed with info, it basically shuts down. The brain needs short, intermittent breaks to 1) absorb the information it just received, and 2) prepare for what’s next. In written language, we have brain breaks in the form of sentences and paragraphs.

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