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Friday Finds — Brain Myths, Desirable Difficulties, Curation Tools

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“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

— Leo Tolstoy

Holy cow, I can't believe it? College visits are already happening for our oldest kiddo! It feels like just yesterday we were teaching him how to tie his shoes and ride a bike. Time really does fly!

Honestly, I wouldn't mind swapping places with them and reliving those college days. My college experience was off-the-charts awesome and I'm crossing my fingers that his will be too!

As always, thanks for reading.

🎶 What I’m Listening To

All week, I've been immersing myself in the sounds of No Suits - a category-defying band that incorporates R&B, hip-hop, funk, psych rock, and electronic textures into their music. (Heads up: there may be a few 'spicy' lyrics.)

📰 News & Notes

Three major things most people get wrong about the brain

A neuroscientist has come out with a list of things most people don't understand about the brain. Turns out, our minds aren't as simple as we thought, and the complexities of the brain have been a mystery for decades. But don't worry! With the help of this article, you might just gain a better understanding of how your gray matter works (or doesn't work) and impress all your friends with your newfound knowledge.

Demystifying Desirable Difficulties

This blog post explores the idea of "Desirable Difficulties" in learning. Essentially, this means intentionally introducing a bit of challenge or difficulty into your learning process to help you better remember and apply what you've learned in the long term. It dives into how this approach differs from traditional methods that prioritize ease and efficiency, and provides examples of desirable difficulties like spacing, interleaving, and retrieval practice. It's important to strike a balance between making things challenging enough to be effective, but not so difficult that they're overwhelming.

A Conversation About AI for Content Creation with Chad Udell

Jane Bozarth, sits down with Chad Udell from Float Learning to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of AI content creation tools like Grammarly, OpenAI, and ChatGPT. Learn about these tools and the exciting possibilities they bring.

Chad even gives a sneak peek of some impressive examples in a 5 minute bonus video.

Content Curation Tools: 21 Criteria To Select And Evaluate Your Ideal One

Picking the perfect content curation tool can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. This article by Robin Good will help you sift through the options with emphasis on the importance of considering factors such as ease of use, compatibility with existing workflows, and the ability to customize and collaborate.

How to craft a harmonious life

Tired of striving for work-life balance? Well, according to this article, you can toss that goal out the window and embrace the chaos! Instead, focus on crafting a good life that includes both work and play, because let's face it, balance is overrated anyways. So go ahead, live a little and let the scales tip in favor of whatever brings you joy. Cheers to a life well-crafted!

Successfully migrate to a learning platform with this step by step guide

Are you building courses on slide decks or considering a learning platform switch? When it comes down to it, migration to a (new) platform can be a messy and manual process. Based on aNewSpring’s experience, this step by step approach was created to ensure a smooth transition.

Start planning your journey to a new platform now!

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🎧 Podcasts

These are the conversations that caught my ear this week.

🧰 Tech Tools & Tips

If tools are your jam, check out my new Work Smarter newsletter


How to Conduct a Skills Gap Analysis: Guide and Template

Between 40% and 87% of employees need to reskill and upskill to fill their talent gaps. Training can help, but you first need to identify the exact gaps that exist in their skill set. The only way to do this is by conducting an in-depth analysis.

Read this article to learn how to conduct such an analysis step by step and download the skills gap template to save tons of your precious time.

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