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Friday Finds — AI-Powered Learning Design, Content Books, Learning Principles

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts."

The days seem to be on fast-forward as my son hones his words for his college essay and gears up for another go at the ACT. It's a tangible reminder, much like the loud ticking of a clock, that his time under our roof is winding down. Each moment feels more precious than ever - I am striving to treasure our shared experiences, no matter how mundane. Sharing the warmth of the couch as we take in a show together, or a game of catch with my daughter have become the highlights of my world. I hope you have the chance to cherish time with a loved one as well!

As always, thanks for reading.

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AI-Powered Learning Design

In this article by Dr. Philippa Hardman, explore the potential for AI-powered learning experience design. Discover how AI revolutionizes education by personalizing content, optimizing engagement, and enhancing knowledge retention. Dr. Hardman introduces adaptive learning, intelligent tutoring systems, and AI-driven learning analytics, showcasing their transformative potential. With practical guidance for educators and designers, this is an informative look at the future of learning, where AI takes center stage in creating immersive and effective learning experiences.

🎯 Take away: Learn how AI is transforming the velocity & effectiveness of learning experience design and pick up some of the new tools that are helping make it happen.

UX Writing, Strategic Writing & Content Strategy Books

A collection of books from Luan Nguyen on UX Writing, Strategic Writing & Content Strategy that are great for anyone interested in learning about writing for product Web/App or content strategy for the whole ecosystem.

🎯 Take away: Content design isn’t graphic design or just copywriting under another name. Content design focuses on what content best serves the users’ needs, whether it be the written word, infographics, visuals, videos, or charts.

First Principles of Teaching and Learning

In this post, Tom Sherrington shares his insights to effective education and learning. The principles can be summarized as follows: 1) Cultivate curiosity by sparking students' wonder through thought-provoking questions; 2) Strike a balance between challenge and support to foster autonomy, resilience, and joy in learning; 3) Embrace a rich tapestry of knowledge that interweaves diverse subjects for a holistic understanding; and 4) Harness the transformative power of feedback as a sacred ritual, providing timely and actionable guidance for growth.

🎯 Take away: With these principles, education becomes a magical journey of curiosity, challenge, knowledge, and feedback.

The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard & Why

This article, first published in Harvard Business Review in 1995, delves into the dynamics of communication and reveal why some individuals are more likely to be heard while others struggle to make their voices heard. It highlights the influence of conversational rituals, emphasizing that adherence to dominant norms of assertiveness and confidence increases the chances of being heard. Additionally, it explores the role of status and power in shaping communication dynamics. The authors propose strategies to enhance inclusivity, emphasizing the importance of equal participation and diverse perspectives.

🎯 Take away: ​By challenging existing power imbalances, organizations and individuals can tap into the collective wisdom and unleash the potential of every voice.

9 Best ChatGPT Courses to Take in 2023

Unleash your conversational superpowers with the best ChatGPT courses! From captivating dialogue to personalized customer interactions, these courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills to engage, inspire, and entertain like never before. Get ready to start your adventure and unleash the full potential of ChatGPT!

🎯 Take away: Unlock the full potential of ChatGPT and prompt engineering with these top-rated courses.

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Learn to Make Your Courses Interactive with Quizzes

Interactive online quizzes are the easiest way to add interactivity to your courses. But which question types will be perfect for your specific course? Discover 14 interactive question types with descriptions, examples, and step-by-step instructions on how to create them!

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