Today I’m remembering one of the true pioneers of learning science, Jay Cross. Jay was a friend and mentor and was slated to appear at our first Brain Matters Online Conference. He died unexpectedly just two days before he was going to speak about his latest book, Real Learning. Jay influenced just about every corporate trainer, teacher and instructional designer, even if they didn’t know his name. But his friends will remember him for his enthusiasm, his love of the arts and his many personal kindnesses. Bill Brandon wrote a nice memorial post for Jay in Learning Solutions magazine at the time.

I know I am not alone in taking a few moments to remember Jay, his work, and his influence on learning science today.

If you know Jay, you know he loved a good party, so I’m hoping that’s what he’s doing right now. Party on, my friend!

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