Editor’s note: The amazing story of a 15-year-old Jack Andraka who, in the face of his biology teacher’s disinterest went on to discover a cheap advanced cancer test. It’s a great story which lifts the lid on what motivates us to learn and how we can use the web to find what we need.
Editor’s note: Researchers have linked obesity to declining mental performance.
Editor’s note: Needs turning into layman’s language but worth flagging up as this academic article looks at the biochemistry of memory storage and maintenance in the brain. The references are worth looking through too.
Editor’s note: A great infographic based on more than 50 social networks. A good at-a-glance reference to what’s popular and for whom.
Editor’s note: Salesforce has announced a new addition to its offering – Salesforce Communities. This feature will enable organisations to create communities which will help create and share information. Creating and sharing relevant content amongst peers and customers – is Salesforce and platforms like it the new intranet and LMS rolled into one?
Editor’s note: While Yammer and Microsoft get to know each other, the enterprise social network has agreed a deal with online training company Mindflash to deliver its training content. This is just one of a set of developments at Yammer – expect more to come soon.
Editor’s note: Experience can affect how we make decisions. It can short-circuit the decision-making process based on us defaulting to what past experiences tell us. The upshot is new ideas don’t get far. A useful article to consider when looking at how experience can impact on learning, creativity and innovation.
Editor’s note: Marc Rosenberg provides a short analysis of where performance support has come from and where it is now. This is a hot area for L&D as the focus shifts from training to helping colleagues as they perform their day-to-day tasks.
Editor’s note: There’s something here for everyone because, let’s face it, we are all lifelong-learners. A great list and some useful apps.
Editor’s note: Steve Wheeler takes a look at digital identity referencing Mark Curtis’s book Distraction. The psychology of digital identities is an emerging area and one well worth keeping an eye on as learning professionals increasingly make the most of technology.
Editor’s note: E-learning guru Clive Shepherd takes a look at the factors that will lead to successful in-house e-learning development. Note the last factor, time. To create great e-learning, in-house teams will need to focus a lot of their time on doing just (and only) that.
Editor’s note: Whether you call it collaborative education, distributed learning, or peer-to-peer learning, these emerging forms democratize the factory model. This article features the story of collaborative learning as experienced in the Talmud class in Jewish schooling.
Editor’s note: A look at the role of working memory capacity in both mathematical and creative problem solving. working memory capacity seems to help analytical problem-solvers focus their attention and resist distraction. What does this mean for creative problem solving?
Editor’s note: Professor of psychology Gabriele Oettingen’s work sheds some light on how we do and don’t manage to turn our aspirations into reality and what makes us set and stick to our goals. This article outlines her work. One to watch if this is an area of interest.
Editor’s note: In this post, Jane Hart, founder of the Social Learning Centre, maps out what a learning community manager does, and could do, and why organisations should be looking to evolve the more traditional role of the training manager.