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Friday Finds — Cognitive Load Research, Crafting Content, AIDC Conference

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

― Margaret Mead

I’m looking forward to speaking at the Central Ohio ATD Annual Conference on September 12th! If you're in or around Central Ohio, consider this your official invitation to join us. Not only will you get to hang out with me, but you'll also have the chance to mingle with the brilliant Megan Torrance, the innovative Nick Floro, and a fantastic group of smart, fun-loving L&D professionals. It promises to be a day of insightful conversations and memorable moments. Hope to see you there!

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📰 News & Notes

Cognitive Load Theory: Research you really need to understand

The "Cognitive Load Theory" explains how our brain processes and retains information, emphasizing that it can handle limited new data at once. Overburdening can impede learning, but with practice, recalling from long-term memory becomes easier. The theory, backed by numerous studies, advocates for clear teaching guidance and introduces techniques like the 'worked example effect' and 'expertise reversal effect'.

🎯 Take away: Cognitive Load Theory underscores the importance of understanding the brain's capacity limitations for effective teaching, emphasizing explicit instruction and practice for optimal learning.

From Brain to Business: Crafting Content That Captivates and Converts

In this webinar "From Brain to Business: Crafting Content that Captivates and Converts," Dr. Carmen Simon, shares the neuroscience behind effective content. Drawing from her recent studies, she presents a practical 10-point checklist that aids in crafting content that not only stands out but also drives results. The session emphasizes the importance of creating memorable messages that capture sustained attention, reduce cognitive fatigue, and enhance trust and motivation.

Short on time? Download the 1-pager on 10 science-backed principles to create content that captures attention, builds trust, and motivates action.

🎯 Take away: Crafting compelling content requires an understanding of neuroscience principles to ensure messages are memorable, trustworthy, and motivate action.

The Accessible & Inclusive Design Conference 2023 Recordings

The Accessible & Inclusive Design Conference 2023 (AIDC23) has wrapped and the recordings are posted. You’ll find a series of talks and panels focusing on the importance of accessibility, inclusivity, and equity in design and learning. Topics range from the power of inclusive quality standards, strategies for making in-person training and e-learning content more accessible, to the role of AI in the L&D domain with an emphasis on accessibility. Speakers such as Bela Gaytán, Gwen Navarrete Klapperich, and Cynthia Donahue share insights, actionable strategies, and best practices to foster a more inclusive environment.

🎯 Take away: These AIDC23 talks emphasize the transformative power of inclusive design and accessibility in reshaping learning and development experiences for all.

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