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Give Your Microlearning Strategy a Makeover – A Step-by-Step Methodology (4/26/2019) - I was recently invited to join the folks at eLearning Learning to talk about microlearning. More than 700 learning professionals registered for the live webinar to learn how microlearning builds engagement and retention by stimulating the reward center of the brain. But it’s not so easy to change the way you design learning. With disruptive […]
You be the Judge: Who won the debate? (4/25/2019) - Last year, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) asked me to participate in a debate with my friend and colleague, Will Thalheimer. The question posed to us was this: Is Neuroscience an L&D Foundation? The debate continues today, but I think Will and I did a good job of framing the question and taking an […]
What if you could read other people’s minds? (4/24/2019) - If you could understand what was happening in the brains of your target audience, would you be a more effective trainer, designer, consultant, or leader? In Essentials of Brain-Based Learning, you will learn how the brain receives, encodes, and retrieves information to construct knowledge, and use these insights to improve your learning programs. Send me […]
“We ARE the Disruption” – Changing what it means to be human in the digital age (4/24/2019) - Once in a while an event series is born that shakes things up, it makes you think differently, it leaves you inspired. That event is DisruptHR. This year, I joined 13 fellow HR professionals to shake things up in Phoenix. It was fun to develop a presentation that limited me to 20 slides, 15 seconds […]
Give Your Microlearning Strategy a Make Over (4/16/2019) - Social media has changed learner expectations. The evidence suggests that short, targeted content can maximize learner engagement and increase business results. But it’s not so easy to change the way you design learning. With disruptive technologies changing the nature of work, you’re facing pressure to produce more results with less – less time, smaller staffs, […]
3 Ways to Stay Afloat in the Coming Tsunami of Change (4/13/2019) - It is tempting to believe that one’s own time is facing the most rapid, disruptive rate of change ever experienced. Certainly Shakespeare must have thought so. During his life, the following things happened: The ruling military power in the civilized world changed from Spain to England with the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Galileo and […]
We Think – Therefore We Learn. Why Psychology is Still Relevant in the Age of Neuroscience (4/2/2019) - Nearly everything we thought we knew about the human brain changed when we started putting live subjects into functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines (MRIs) about 15 years ago. You might think that with the invention of the fMRI and other brain imaging technologies psychology has gone the way of phrenology and other pseudo-science, but this […]
See How I Made a Virtual Journey Through the Brain at Learning Solutions Demo Fest (3/24/2019) - Learning Solutions 2019 is a conference produced by the eLearning Guild for training and learning professionals. Focused on the design, development, and management of technology-based learning and performance initiatives, the program features new tools, technologies, ideas, strategies, and best practices for learning professionals like us. This event attracts people from around the world who want […]
Using Chatbots to Engage, Support, and Inform Your Learning Audience (3/20/2019) - You might have already considered using artificial intelligence to bring the “wow factor” to your next project, but it can sound like a complicated and expensive endeavor—especially for your first time.
When Will AI Stop Being “Artificial?” (3/7/2019) - By marrying our brains to computers, human beings will become the Singularity. At this point, it will be pointless to distinguish between silicon-based intelligence and carbon-based intelligence, won't it? It will all simply be us - whatever we have become by then.
Five Disruptions That are Changing What it Means to be Human (2/15/2019) - Every age feels like it is changing too fast for the people living through it. Take, for example, the automobile, the motion picture and the telephone. Within a short span of time, a single generation of human beings had to learn how to cope with these and other disruptive events. They laid the groundwork for […]
Getting Ready for the Next Disruptions in Training and Education (2/15/2019) - Google the term “disruption” and you will find many results. It seems that everyone is trying to attach their product, service or training to this buzz word, often inappropriately. What will be the next truly disruptive innovation for the learning profession? Let’s start with a few definitions so we’re all speaking the same language.
Wally Rules – What I learned about love, life and learning from my dog (2/14/2019) - Wally was my friend, my playmate, and my favorite dog. While it is typically frowned upon to admit to having a favorite amongst your human children, as a “pet parent,” I hope you will not be offended if I admit that Wally was my favorite.
The Optimism Bias – How Your Brain is Keeping You Alive in Crazy Times (2/10/2019) - Is your company trying to reduce healthcare costs by encouraging your employees to adopt healthy habits? It may want to include having an optimistic world view in its wellness program. (Or not.)
Getting Away from “One Size Fits All” Training (2/7/2019) - As any woman who has worn a mumu can attest, one size fits no one particularly well. So what can we do to avoid the trap of “one size fits all training?" Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can give us some help.
NEW Essentials of Brain-Based Learning (Live online May 2 – 16) (2/5/2019) - If you could understand what was happening in the brains of your target audience, would you be a more effective trainer, designer, consultant, or leader? Thanks to recent advances in neuroscience, learning and talent development professionals now have an opportunity to alter their approaches to change management, leadership development, training, and instructional design.
Join me at TLDC 2019 (1/25/2019) - You can't be with your learners 24x7, but a chatbot can! Chances are you're already interacting with bots to make online purchases and manage your bank account, so maybe it's time to get serious about using simple AI to enable learning.
The Brain Science of Keeping Resolutions (12/30/2018) - If you are one of the many people make a New Year’s resolution, your should know this...
Does Your Brain Need Santa Claus? (12/25/2018) - SPOILER ALERT: If you believe in Santa Claus, you might not want to read any further!!! What do Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Leprechauns, Unicorns and my “lucky” putter all have in common? They are all examples of “magical thinking.”
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