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Friday Finds — Learning How to Learn, Motivation, Scenario-based Learning

The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.

— William Wordsworth

Ted Lasso, an exceptional tale about a soccer coach from Kansas navigating his journey in Richmond, is an embodiment of optimism, grace, and humanity; it beautifully balances wholesome, aspirational storytelling with a raw edge of delightful cursing, making us wish all coaches were as inspiring and real as Ted, a beacon of light in an often perplexing world. Through the humor, heart, lessons, and colorful language, this show isn't just about sports but about embracing the challenges of life, showing us that every day is a chance to begin anew and that even amidst the chaos, it's possible to believe in the goodness of people and the power of connection.

Though it's sad to see Ted Lasso end, its inspiring messages bring joy. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and watch this delightful show.

As always, thanks for reading.

🎶 What I’m Listening To

With the bittersweet finale of Ted Lasso being this week I’m tuning into the Season 3 soundtrack. Lots of great music in there.

👆 Last Week’s Most Clicked

Visual Frameworks: A language of patterns

📰 News & Notes

Scenario-based learning: 5 best practices and examples

Scenario-based learning is an effective training approach that encourages active participation and facilitates the application of knowledge in realistic work situations, allowing learners to experience the consequences of their decisions in a controlled environment​. It enhances content retention, provides real-time feedback, and is especially beneficial for teaching complex topics and in remote learning environments​​. The method's success hinges on creating realistic scenarios, enabling learning from mistakes, and adhering to the "Five Cs of Scenario-Based Learning" (Context, Challenge, Choices, Consequences, and Contemplate), ultimately allowing learning and development professionals to tailor their programs to meet learners' needs effectively​.

🎯 Take away: Scenario-based learning makes employees active participants in their own learning process, better preparing them for the real issues they may face at work.

The Invisible Power of UI Typography

Typography is often overlooked in design, but it plays a crucial role in the success of a project. Even subtle typography issues can have a significant impact on user experience. This recorded webinar is led by Oliver Schöndorfer, a UI designer, typographer, and content creator. He explains how typography can be used to boost designs and shares his knowledge with a contagious enthusiasm.

🎯 Take away: Typography probably matters more than you think it does and it pays to know how to do it well.

ChatGPT Prompts for Motivation

Dr. Philippa Hardman presents a compelling approach to enhance student engagement. Research like this and this shows that intrinsic motivation is an incredibly powerful lever for educators. By utilizing prompts generated by ChatGPT, educators can tap into learners' curiosity and critical thinking skills, creating a dynamic learning environment that caters to individual interests and needs.

🎯 Take away: Incorporating ChatGPT prompts can be a powerful tool in motivating learners and fostering a more engaging learning experience.

Learning How to Learn (And 20+ Studies)

Interested in cognitive science and learning techniques that actually work? Well , brew yourself a big cup of joe, and settle into your favorite chill spot! This is a fascinating compilation of research on effective learning strategies, the amazing workings of our bodies, and how to keep our brains in tip-top shape. It’s got loads of references to scientific studies too. So sit back, sip on that coffee, and dive in!

🎯 Take away: ​A brilliant summary that synthesizes evidence-based research on best learning strategies, physiology, and brain health.

21 podcast picks to help unleash your facilitation superpowers

Want to take your facilitation skills to the next level? The good folks of at Butter have done the hard work of finding the best facilitation podcasts out there that can help you make your facilitation skills a superpower.

🎯 Take away: Save loads of time upping your facilitation skills with these podcasts curated by Butter.

Neovation offers helpful resources, articles, videos, and webinars perfect for busy instructional designers, L&D managers, or learning consultants! Access valuable pre-recorded webinars for FREE anytime, including our Demystifying ChatGPT/AI for L&D Professionals webinar, online through our Neovation Webinar Series.

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🎧 Podcasts

These are the conversations that caught my ear this week.

🧰 Tech Tools & Tips

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How to Select a Learning Management System

The Comprehensive LMS Buyer’s Guide

Stop looking for a needle in the LMS haystack! Download this collection of resources to have everything you need to choose a training platform that’s perfect for your needs: a complete LMS buyer’s guide, an LMS RFP template, and a collection of checklists and other templates.

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