Friday Finds — Spaced Learning, Kill the Thank You Slide
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Ah, the sweet sound of reason trumping nonsense! Ohio voters have sent a clear message about Issue 1: “Your anti-democratic shenanigans won’t fly here!” It’s like swatting away a pesky mosquito buzzing with corruption. With Issue 1 soundly rejected, let’s hope these politicians searching for new levels of sneakiness will soon find themselves lost in a maze of their own making. May the winds of sanity and reason continue to blow.
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📰 News & Notes
Rethinking the final slide: Why neuroscience warns against the ‘Thank You’ ending
Neuroscientist Carmen Simon shares why the “thank you” slide commonly used in business presentations is not an effective way to enhance memory and engagement. Instead, creating a distinct slide with essential content, repeating it throughout the presentation, and using it at the end can improve recall. Additionally, prompting self-generated questions aids in long-term memory and decision-making. Moreover, ending a presentation with a compelling vision for the future taps into the brain’s cognitive ability to anticipate and imagine, leaving the audience inspired and motivated. The key takeaway is that
Take away: A well-designed, informative, and future-oriented slide is more impactful than a traditional “thank you” slide at the end of a presentation.
The Spacing Effect & 7taps Learning Paths
I made this short video introducing the spacing effect and showing how 7taps makes it easy to apply it to your learning projects. The spacing effect demonstrates that learning is more effective when repeated in spaced-out sessions. By repeating and spacing out information individuals learn, they can better recall that information in the future. The spacing effect occurs when information is repeatedly learned over a spaced-out long period, resulting in an individual being about to recall better and remember the information being learned. 7taps has a new feature called Learning Paths that solves the massive headache of managing who gets what and when.
🎯 Take away: With the introduction of the new 7taps learning paths feature, improving your learning outcomes using the spacing effect has never been easier!
Learning and Development in organizations: Reflecting on 20 years of research
Dive into two decades of rich insights with the "Annual L&D Benchmark Report 2023," a treasure trove from Mind Tools. Charting the transformative journey of learning and development, this report captures the pulse of 11,000 organizations across 83 countries. From the meteoric rise of online learning, a whopping shift from 7% to 66% in mobile device usage for education, to the undeniable influence of social media on collaborative learning, it's a testament to how we've evolved. And as we stand at the crossroads of digital transformation, remember: it's not just about training anymore; it's about performance.
🎯 Take away: The landscape of learning and development has dramatically evolved over two decades, with a clear shift from traditional training to performance-driven online learning.
Nine use cases for social learning
I’m a huge fan of social learning and John Stepper’s Work Out Loud approach. In this post he shares 9 use cases and reminds us that the best learning experiences are social. And the best way to offer social learning experiences to employees is integrate them into programs they already participate in, to address challenges they already recognize.
🎯 Take away: The best learning experiences are social and integrating social learning into existing programs can effectively address specific challenges.
Don’t Design for Your Users
While with the Adobe Photoshop team, Bradee Evans emphasized designing for future product goals rather than just current users. He introduced the concept of "challenge people" – real individuals representing the product's future direction. These are categorized into: Umbrella (addressing broad needs), Lynchpin (influential adopters), Specific (users with unique roles), and Future-leaning (envisioning the product's future). The article stresses inclusivity and ethics in design, advocating for a broader community-focused approach.
🎯 Take away: Designing products should prioritize "challenge people" who represent future goals and diverse needs, ensuring alignment with long-term visions while emphasizing inclusivity and ethical considerations.
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