The Pursuit of Happiness Begins in the Brain


As learning professionals, we must care about happiness, because a happy brain is more receptive to learning and changing behavior. An unhappy brain goes into “ fight or flight ” mode, making it resistant to new ideas. Aristotle said that “Happiness depends on ourselves,” and today we know that our plastic brain is constantly changing, giving us a never-ending opportunity to choose a happier life. Give your brain some oxytocin – by giving to someone else.

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Who needs toys when you have brains?

Marcia Conner

I just finished reading Josten Gaarder's book, The Ringmaster's Daughter. It wasn't my favorite book by Gaarder (that would be The Orange Girl or Sophie's World) but this book is full of interesting little stories within the main storyline. As usual, I noted lines that were particularly compelling to

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Brain rule #9

Clive on Learning

Perhaps I'm biased because these senses are not normally stimulated by e-learning, although I suppose there's nothing to stop us supplying a pack of multisensory toys to all our e-learners. My postings on Brain rules #1 , Brain rules #2 , Brain rules #3 , Brain rules #4 , Brain rules #5 , Brain rules #6 , Brain rules #7 , Brain rules #8 The Brain Rules book The Brain Rules website. Tags: reviews Brain Rules

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning from Observation

Learning Visions

A study is cited in which researchers looked at brain activity while subjects learned how to build a structure with Tinker Toys. Im no neuroscientist, but these kinds of images get me excited -- seeing which areas of the brain light up. The brain does indeed pay attention. Games for the Brain Super-Close Google Map Zooms Rock On with e-Learning from ZVEX Informal/DIY Learning: Montessori School for Adul.

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Behind the Scenes: Jay Shuster on The Creative Process at PIXAR #trgconf

Learning Visions

Design of the building – the left wing is the left brain – “the smartests” and the right wing is the right brain -- “the artists”. Toy collections at Pixar are like a status symbol. Do your homework.” – go to Toys R Us and buy a ton of toys. These are my live-blogged notes from the second day keynote session at Training 2016 , happening this week in Orlando. Forgive any typos or incoherencies.

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Scarcity or Abundance – It’s Your Choice


Our brains can do funny things under stress, and the scarcity effect generates a highly stressful experience. When a toy becomes so popular that stores can’t keep enough supply to meet demand, parents sometimes do crazy things. Eventually, the stress physically harms your brain , leaving lasting effects that can be measured in lower IQ scores, weakened reasoning abilities and other losses that only exacerbate the problem. Your brain pays attention to self-talk.

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Golden Retriever Training Tips


However, roll up your sleeves, gather the treats and toys, and let’s get started with Stephanie Taunton , a professional dog trainer with 20 years of experience. For instance, the training session should last more than 3-5 mins because the puppy’s brain is still in the developmental stage.

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Video games in business training? Don’t reject the idea just yet


Valuable information needed to be stored in the all-time amazing filing system that is the human brain. Today tiny humans begin their formal education at a very early age with the use of colorful cards, skillfully designed toys and the use of those wonderfully lovely nursery rhymes. Having to remember and reproduce lines and rhymes is a great way for the brain to train memory formation. Studies were conducted to quantify their use as brain fitness for the elderly.

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Bridging the Gap Between Human Learners and eLearning Technology

SHIFT eLearning

1) The human brain prefers to recognize, not recall. 2) The human brain likes chunking by seven. 3) The human brain likes to organize information. 4) The human brain likes patterns. As children, we likely played with "shape" toys with corresponding holes in a ball or on a board. Moreover, studies reveal that our brain produces dopamine (a pleasure-inducing neurochemical) when we recognize familiar patterns in a certain environment.

How to Remove Unconscious Bias for Improved eLearning

ThinkingKap Solutions

To understand this, we first need to understand some things about our brains. In reality, our brains are only capable of consciously capturing about 40 pieces of information per second. Our brain is built to understand this “inefficiency” and it takes shortcuts to compensate. In order to preserve processing power for “important decisions”, our brain takes opportunities to bypass our consciousness. Unconscious bias is our brain on autopilot.

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ReD is Dead

Rob Hubbard

It included eccentric characters (a hell-raising brain in a jar and a thespian pirate, amongst others), 3D games in tombs and deserts, collaborative mindmaps, videos, rapid elearning, interactive webinars and more, all accessed from a social network. We’re toying with the idea of charging a small fee, 100% of which would go to a selected charity. This month we bid a fond farewell to our much cherished and long-running Rapid eLearning Development (ReD) course.

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How to Create and Sell Online Courses: A Step-by-Step Guide


If you too are toying with the idea, this blog post can help you out. You should be able to embed elements such as puzzles and brain games to make learning highly stimulating. ?? It’s not about selling. It’s about creating value for your audience. . Jerry Allocca, award-winning digital marketing instructor. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, more than 5 million students take online courses every year.

Meet the CLO Board: Tamar Elkeles

CLO Magazine

There was a faculty member on campus who had gotten hit on his moped and had brain damage. So you saw the difference in how your brain actually works, how you can really think about memory and how you can think about learning and relearning.

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Learning to Work, Working to Learn

Learning Visions

Revisiting Things don't seem to stick in my brain the way they used to. It's my new brain and it arrived just in time (my old one was getting kind of worn). Photo credits: Oh boy tinker toys! This post is my contribution to this month's Work/Learning Blog Carnival hosted by the venerable Dave Ferguson. The last time I posted for this carnival (almost a year ago!) I wrote about trying to build learning into work when you're just too busy doing work.

Why Are Videos a Powerful E-learning Trend?

CommLab India

According to this article in Psychology Today , “Videos are processed by the brain 60,000 times faster than text.” Related Posts Creating E-learning Videos: 5 Video Editing Tools That’ll Help 4 Simple Tips to Create Irresistible Video-based E-learning 360 Degree Videos: The Shiny New Toy in Corporate Training. Imagine going through an e-learning course without any audio and visual elements. Will it engage your learners? Certainly not.

Is your company ready for the iGeneration?


Because the toy tablet he wanted to play with refused to change its screen whenever he swiped. The business world may be dynamic, but I think there is one thing that won’t change by the time the iGeneration will become a significant part of the workforce: businesses will buy less and less physical labor and more and more brain power from their employees. I don’t know about you, but I find shopping malls to be tremendously tiring: so many choices, so many people, so much noise.

Equipping your team for the future with personalized learning


They don't expect someone to push knowledge into their brains in a place and at a time only convenient for the teacher. And if that means attaching a toy rocket on a guy on a tricycle because that's his way of growing into his future self, so be it. When I was a kid, 20 years ago, I had a tricycle and I was cool. Ten years ago, all the cool kids had sneakers with rollers in the heels. Today, tricycles are kind of vintage, while roler-sneakers are so last century.

Why storytelling works for businesses


Then, they shipped the toy together with the photos depicting what a marvelous time it had at the Ritz. Stories are hard-wired in our brains because we are ‘’social animals’’ and we relate to other people through empathy. Storytelling has been part of our lives since time immemorial. This talent of telling stories is what made Shakespeare famous and kept Scheherazade alive during 1001 Nights. Fast forward to the present day.

The Effect of Cat Videos on Work


We aren’t quite sure why this works, but we do know that playing with real pets also improves your mood, and brain often activates the same pathways as when you’re watching something happen, to when you actually do it,” explained Dr. Ali Jennings, a neuroscience PhD graduate, for Inside Science. “So So maybe, your brain is treating this virtual cat interaction like a real cat interaction,” he said. It probably happens to you a few times a week, or even a few times a day.

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On Trend for 2018: Learning and Flexibility

CLO Magazine

At the beginning of 2017, Kotlin was little more than a toy for developers. Neural networks, computer systems modeled on the human brain and nervous system, can be leveraged for just about any industry, according to Udemy’s report. In an ever-changing work environment, courses can become stale as they work to maintain old standards without innovation. When employees see theneed to innovate before learning leaders do but aren’t given the opportunity to do so, tension can rise.

Solving the Rubik’s Cube

Learning Visions

Which have long since fled my brain. So on this famous Saturday night of which I speak, I stumbled upon a classic Rubik’s Cube – the 3x3 – which is apparently the world’s best selling toy. One recent Saturday night, I found myself up late. Me, a Rubik’s Cube and my laptop. Yes, this is the state of my life. Saturday night and I call it a good night. What’s with me and the Cube? I’ll try and explain… My 6 1/2 yr old son got a 2x2 mini-Rubik Cube for Christmas.

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Empathy: Helping Learners to Feel Others - Tip #113

Vignettes Learning

Turkle shares the story of a girl who became so sad because the toy could no longer talk back to her. 21, 2013) Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship, study shows Ray Jimenez, PhD Vignettes Learning "Helping Learners Learn Their Way" Ray Jimenez, PhD Vignettes Learning. Evan’s Story (Please watch the video before reading) I’d like to thank @JD_Dillon for sharing the Evan video. I just came from TedXLA and empathy was one of the key themes.

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5 Golden Rules of Creating Course Content


If you’re anything like me, you completely glazed over the second statement as soon as your brain spotted the first acronym, or you forced yourself to push through word by word translating in your head as you went. Like kittens we will typically just go find another toy to play with as soon as we get bored with the current one. So you’ve got your fancy new LMS or web training portal up and running. You’ve got your course outlines in place, documents and handouts set up.

People Development: Stop Spending, Start Thinking

CLO Magazine

Depressingly often, like aspiring exercisers with piles of laundry sitting on their treadmill, they show ubiquitous signs of abandoned efforts: faded motivational posters, certificates and dusty stress toys with familiar consulting brands. Author of “The Leading Brain” Dr. Hans W. During the 2007 financial crisis, consulting and coaching clients often asked me: “Could we deliver similar value this year from half of the budget?” Ironically, we could.

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With a little help from our friends: the services we use to build our business


We like the program because of its usability, no-brain sharing tools, and flat learning curve. Last but not least, my favorite little toy of the past, Grumpicon. There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes at Epignosis HQ , home to the makers of TalentLMS and eFrontPro, so you can have a steady stream of releases and the top class support that comes with them.

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Remote meeting fatigue (yes, it’s real)


While all of these things may be true, working remotely during a global health crisis adds more to the scene; kids need help with homework, the cat has made someone’s charger a toy, and meetings and workflows may be interrupted by the dog barking at a critter outside.

Finally! No MORE LMS Secrets

eLearning 24-7

And our brains are fixated at the lower number. Finally. It sounds like it means what it says – as in final, the end, no more whatsoever whatever. I’d be thrilled to tell you that after this post there aren’t any more secrets to dilvuge in the LMS world. That everything is covered. I would love to say that, but that just isn’t truthful.

Online Educa Berlin 2014 Conference Review #OEB14

eLearning 24-7

It actually sounded better in my brain. Although huge kudos to Brightcove for having stuffed mini teddy bears and moose toys. Speaking. The Final Frontier of E-learning. These are the voyages of me. My five year (okay, as many years) mission is to speak at as many shows as possible throughout the world. To explore new cities. To seek out new attendees. To boldly go where no e-learning speaker from Los Angeles in the last few years has presented at… Wheeee Wheee.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning to Work, Working to Learn

Learning Visions

Revisiting Things dont seem to stick in my brain the way they used to. Its my new brain and it arrived just in time (my old one was getting kind of worn). Photo credits: Oh boy tinker toys! Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Monday, March 16, 2009 Learning to Work, Working to Learn This post is my contribution to this months Work/Learning Blog Carnival hosted by the venerable Dave Ferguson.

A Look at Learning’s Future

CLO Magazine

Mentoring : CLOs see mentoring as essential to leverage organizational brain share, on-boarding and succession planning. Some CLOs are concerned that the industry continues to chase the new toys because they’re fun. A slow but steady economic recovery is driving optimism toward learning investments. Firm spending on learning and development has been volatile since 2008, declining and recovering in reaction to the global financial crisis and its abatement.

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Josh Bersin, global industry analyst, on how Immersive Learning is poised to disrupt L&D


Derek Belch: One of the coolest things we’ve seen is how similarly we’ve seen the brain treats virtual simulations relative to real life. The funny thing about VR is that, now that it’s popular, there are a million little tinker toys out there. There’s a dramatic shift occurring in the learning space. L&D leaders are feeling the profound effects of the changing nature of jobs and a heightened demand for better employee training.

How to Do Video Marketing on Social Media for Course Creators with Jason Hsiao from Animoto


We just wanted to make it brain dead simple, right? It’s like a toy. Jason Hsiao: Not only is it like a toy in that there’s no way to create a failed video. This idea of as simple and fun as a toy, where you cannot break … If its designer, you can’t break it, and it can actually be fun. How to do video marketing on social media for course creators with Jason Hsiao from Animoto in this episode of LMScast with Chris Badgett of LifterLMS.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Clayton Wright has done his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: This list is focused mostly on the first half of the year: January to June 2011. And it covers a broad range of types of topics. Please note that events, dates, titles, and locations may change; thus, CHECK the specific conference website.

eLearning Conferences 2012

Tony Karrer

link] March 27-30, 2012 IEEE International Conference on Digital Game and Intelligent Toy Enhanced Learning (DIGITEL 2012), 4 th , Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan. Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: It covers events from four continents.

eLearning Conferences 2012


link] March27-30, 2012 IEEE InternationalConference on DigitalGame and Intelligent Toy Enhanced Learning (DIGITEL 2012), 4 th , Takamatsu, Kagawa,Japan. Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences for January to June 2012 Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] This 26th version of the conference list covers selected events from four continents. and Trend Lines

eLearning 24-7

We had a great online party last night, steaks, balloon toys for the kiddos, my dogs dressed up – Voodoo looked smashing in his black tax with coat tails, err his tail. Like Chicken Brains and Ketchup (a delicacy I guess, I find it disgusting). Heyo! I know it has been a couple of weeks. Business Travel. Holidays. And yes, work – where does the time go? Just yesterday I was nine, and enjoying school in El Paso. I want an investigation. Is Woodward around?