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4 of the BIGGEST Myths about Learning

In his book, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014), Peter C. Brown uses cognitive psychology data to show that many of the basic things we assume about long-term memory encoding are wrong: 1. “I’d better review my notes before the … Continue reading

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8 Techniques to Encourage Long-Term Memory Retention

In his book, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014), Peter C. Brown uses cognitive psychology data to identify 8 concrete learning techniques proven to enable learners to encode, store, and retrieve long-term memories. Brown’s 8 Techniques from Make It Stick 1. … Continue reading

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Which Decision Model Should I Use When Choosing to Adopt a New Technology?

This post outlines 8 models (or frameworks) that have helped people decide whether or not to adopt new technologies. (Note: most of these frameworks were developed by academics in the fields of information technology and marketing.) You will be happy … Continue reading

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How Do I Encourage Learner Retention? STORIES!!!

3 Traits of Sticky Stories Storytelling provides powerful and unique ways for learners to encode and recall information.  There are three main reasons why our brains find stories so sticky (see Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point): Stories follow a universal framework.  That … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Quicken (Kwik’en) Your Brain

Eat brain fuel [00:32:00].  You are what you eat.  Literally, what you eat becomes you. We know the foods that are good for your brain are things like avocados, blueberries, broccoli, coconut oil, salmon.  You have green, leafy vegetables. Kill ANTs … Continue reading

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3 Reasons To Stop Using Buzzwords

Stop misusing buzzwords, in favor of more meaningful communication. I share 3 reasons why. Continue reading

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Infographic: 5 Fixes for IDs

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When Needs Analysis Fails: Five Simple Fixes for Instructional Designers

This post offers instructional designers five detailed tips on how to overcome feelings of frustration in needs analysis meetings. Continue reading

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How to Build Trust with Your Project Manager

Instructional designer? Feel like you’re getting walked all over by your boss? Take back control with this (slightly manipulative) relationship-building process. Continue reading

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Video Cloning in After Effects

Video Summary: Cloning is all in the planning and post-production. First, you shoot all the “pieces” you need. Then all the pieces are cut using the After Effects pen tool and composite them together using layers. Once the pieces are … Continue reading

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