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Friday Finds — Myth of Reason, AI & Managers, AI Learning Design

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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its joy.”

― Leo Buscaglia

I’m back home this week watching Mother Nature absolutely lose her marbles. Feels like we've blasted through every season this week, sometimes all in one go. Great weather for staying warm inside... or, you know, webinars.

Speaking of which, my partner-in-crime Bianca and I are leading one next week. No fancy fees, free as a bird. We'll be diving into the wild world of learning content strategy, content audits, and the glorious art of repurposing content. Basically, how to wrangle that content beast and make it work for you.

Swing by and register, even if you can't make it live. We'll send you the recording so you can learn at your leisure. Trust me, this webinar will be more exciting than watching the weather unfold outside your window. Probably.

Thanks for reading!

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📰 News & Notes

Daniel Kahneman’s Legacy: The Myth of Reason

Daniel Kahneman’s groundbreaking work challenges the traditional view of human decision-making as predominantly rational. Through his extensive research, he unveiled the intricate dance between the fast, intuitive 'System 1' and the slow, deliberative 'System 2' in our minds. Kahneman's insights reveal that our choices are often more influenced by emotions and biases than we'd like to admit, casting doubt on the myth of human reason. His legacy not only reshapes our understanding of cognition but also has profound implications for economics, policy-making (learning design?), and our personal lives. If you haven’t read his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” you should stop what you’re doing and go get a copy right now. Seriously!

🎯 Take away: Kahneman's research exposes the illusion of rationality in human decision-making, highlighting the powerful role of intuition and bias.

How AI can make managers and expertise more valuable

Ethan Mollick's perspective on AI and management suggests that the advent of AI requires a shift in traditional management approaches. As AI technologies become more integrated into the workplace, managers need to adapt by fostering an environment that leverages the strengths of both human and artificial intelligence. This involves rethinking hierarchical structures, promoting collaboration between AI and human employees, and developing new strategies to harness the potential of AI while addressing its challenges.

🎯 Take away: The rise of AI in the workplace necessitates a new management approach that harmonizes the capabilities of humans and machines, transforming traditional hierarchies and fostering innovation.

AI-Powered Learning Design: Mapping the Jagged Frontier

Dr. Philippa Hardman's article delves into the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the realm of learning design. She highlights how AI can enhance personalization, efficiency, and effectiveness in educational experiences. By leveraging data analytics and machine learning, AI-powered tools can tailor content to individual learner needs, automate repetitive design tasks, and provide insights for continuous improvement. The article underscores the importance of thoughtful integration of AI into learning design to maximize its benefits while addressing ethical considerations and the need for human oversight.

🎯 Take away: AI-powered learning design reveals its potential to revolutionize education by personalizing learning experiences, streamlining design processes, and offering data-driven insights for continuous improvement.

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AI-Powered Online Course Building

Online course authoring was a distant dream just a few years ago. But now, more and more eLearning tools are going online, which opens up brand-new opportunities for design, collaboration, and showcasing eLearning projects.

iSpring’s set of online tools stands out among them with a robust AI assistant and unique features, like a portfolio platform for instructional designers and a reviewing tool for online courses. Curious how it can benefit your workflow? Join the webinar, during which you’ll be walked through the iSpring tools for online course authoring and best practices to unleash their full potential.

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