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More Posts from Margie’s Blog

Guest Blogger, Bryan Jones of – How to Repurpose Content in under 1 hour (3/29/2018) - If you're like me, you have tons of content that you'd like to reuse, but not sure the most efficient way to go about it. Bryan Jones, founder of eLearningArt, is a pioneer in eLearning and instructional design.
Perchance to Dream – How sleep affects learning, memory and brain health (3/22/2018) - While your body and your conscious mind appear to zone out during sleep, your brain is still very active, and doing some amazing things.
The Power of the Expectation Effect (2/26/2018) - As human capital professionals, we can help people overcome different types of limiters that might be holding them back from peak performance on the job. But first, we need to understand where the limits come from: the Expectation Effect.
Margie Meacham is One of the “100 Most Talented Global Training & Development Leaders” for 2018 (2/16/2018) - I am so excited to receive the “100 Most Talented Global Training & Development Leaders” from the World Training & Development Congress. Each year, the selection committee searches the globe for a shortlist of individuals who are doing “extraordinary work with a track the record of solid achievements.” The shortlist is then reviewed by a Jury comprising of senior professionals from across the globe.
Three Ways Technology is Changing the Learning Space (Plus One) (2/7/2018) - We love our tech. Most of us in the learning profession pride ourselves on being comfortable with technology. Whenever a new tool is available, we’re ready to give it a try, eager to adopt the latest way to help people learn.
Combating “The Homer Simpson Effect” (2/1/2018) - You Have to Forget Some Old Truths to Master Essentials of Brain-Based Learning. There really is a "Homer Simpson" effect in neuroscience.
What Are the Top eLearning Trends of 2018? (1/25/2018) - Bryan Jones of eLearning Art recently conducted an extensive survey of about 57 thought leaders in learning and development, to identify the top elearning trends for 2018. I was honored to be included in the survey and I’ve admired Bryan’s work for years.
Podcast: Margie Meacham Talks Brain-Based Learning, AI, Chatbots and More on #TLDCast (Jan 24, 2018) (1/25/2018) - Every weekday like-minded learning professionals join a live chat on current trends, research, challenges and best practice. Just about anything goes in these free-wheeling, collaborative sessions.
Have You Seen the First Infographic? (1/25/2018) - If you think the Infographic is a new tool to help convey complex information, think again. It’s been around over 100 years. I recently came across the earliest example I’ve found, in this graphic representation of the suffrage movement newspaper published in 1913. It’s a great example of how to use data visualization to tell a complex story.
4 Lessons from Digital Learning – How Digital Learning is Transforming Our World and Rewiring our Brains (1/24/2018) - A few weeks ago, I had a problem to solve and it was something of an emergency. My Keurig had failed to make my morning cup of coffee. I followed the directions, like I’d done a hundred times before, but it just sat there, mocking me. I could have opened the minuscule user guide that came with the device, but I was in a hurry, and caffeine withdrawal was already kicking in.
Will a Chatbot Be Your Next Learning Coach? – How AI can support talent development in your organization (1/15/2018) - Eighty percent of major companies expect to be using artificial intelligence by 2020, but their training departments are likely to be the last places you’ll find it.
The Brain Science of Keeping Resolutions (1/4/2018) - If you are one of the many people who made a New Year’s resolution for 2018, you may have already fallen off your goal. Don’t feel too badly. After one month, only about 64 percent of resolutions are still in force and by six months that number drops to less than 50 percent.
Ten Words We Must Keep Saying About the Science of Learning (While We Still Can) (12/29/2017) - Vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, science-based. These words created quite a stir when it was reported that the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued an internal style guide advising employees to avoid these words if they wanted to get their programs funded by our current Congress.
Why the Holidays Can Make You Cry (And what you can do about it) (12/15/2017) - I don’t know about you, but I’m always incredibly busy this time of year. Most of my clients operate on a calendar year that requires all projects to be completed and paid for by December 31. That means that just when everyone is starting to take days off to be with their families, I am crunching through long days to complete deliverables ahead of the deadline.
Does Your Brain Need Santa Claus? (12/14/2017) - 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.”
Do you have snakes in your brain? (12/7/2017) - Like all other life on this planet, humans evolved in order to survive, and our brains have become spectacular survival machines. By understanding the threats our earliest ancestors faced in our early history, we can understand why our brains function the way they do today.
The Music of Your Sphere – The Multiple Ways Your Brain is Wired for Music (11/30/2017) - The Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras, discovered the relationship between the length of a string on an instrument and the pitch that the string produces. He believed that this correlation was part of a harmonic relationship that connects everything in the universe, which he called The Music of the Spheres.
Happy Thanksgiving – It’s Good for the Brain! (11/17/2017) - The U.S. is one of several countries that celebrates the end of the harvest with a day of giving thanks – that we’re prepared to survive another winter. With the word “survival” in the opening line, you’ve probably guessed that I’m about to find a way to link eating turkey with survival, because that’s usually where I end up when I talk about our marvelous survival machines – our brains.
Your Bayesian Brain – Are you wired for statistics? (11/16/2017) - A contemporary of Isaac Newton and a defender of Newton’s invention of calculus, Thomas Bayes was a theologian and mathematician (those two fields were not as far apart in his time as they have drifted today) who is best known for his invention of probabilistic prediction.
Persistance of Memory (11/10/2017) - Today is Verteran's Day in the U.S. and I find myself remembering all the many lives we have lost, the human potential diverted, the injuries, both mental and physical, all stemming from the same tragic state of an increasingly violent and hateful world.
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