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Dec 22, 2010

The Science Behind Learning: Cognitive Tips and How Tos for Corporate Training (Part 6)

Tip #6: Provide many examples and practice exercises in which the same underlying concept is at work. Cognitive Psychology: Provide examples to facilitate transfer and meaningful deliberate practice to promote understanding and increase memory performance. Why (Justification): Bransford et al. (2000) recommend that teachers provide “many examples in which the same concept is at work”. (p. 20) In a study by Gick and Holyoak (1980), they presented subjects with a story of a general who breaks up his army into several smaller groups to take different roads to avoid setting off mines. They still all arrived at the same time and were able to take over the capital. Then subjects were...

Tip #6: Provide many examples and practice exercises in which the same underlying concept is at work. Cognitive Psychology: Provide examples to...

Mar 15, 2010

A Tourist in the Uncanny Valley of Virtual Immersive Environments

One of the more controversial aspects of Virtual Immersive Environments (VIEs) is the use of avatars to represent ourselves. That’s understandable—when we’re...

One of the more controversial aspects of Virtual Immersive Environments (VIEs) is the use of avatars to represent ourselves. That’s understandable—when we’re...

Feb 27, 2010

My SMEs don't have time to contribute content to training. What can I do?

Ever find yourself asking this question? “My SMEs don’t have time to contribute content to training. What can I do?” I have...

Ever find yourself asking this question? “My SMEs don’t have time to contribute content to training. What can I do?” I have...

Feb 16, 2010

The Science Behind Learning: Cognitive Tips and How Tos for Corporate Training (Part 4)

Tip #4: Find out what your learners know, or think they know. Cognitive Psychology: Draw out pre-existing conceptions and, more importantly pre-existing...

Tip #4: Find out what your learners know, or think they know. Cognitive Psychology: Draw out pre-existing conceptions and, more importantly pre-existing...

Feb 11, 2010

The Science Behind Learning: Cognitive Tips and How Tos for Corporate Training (Part 3)

Tip #3: Present main points first (the ones you wrote in Tip #2), followed by details, wrapped up by summaries of main...

Tip #3: Present main points first (the ones you wrote in Tip #2), followed by details, wrapped up by summaries of main...

Feb 5, 2010

Engaging Learners Real Time with Social Media

A Great Non-Learning Example A colleague of mine sent me this video depicting a pianist incorporating social media into his songs on...

A Great Non-Learning Example A colleague of mine sent me this video depicting a pianist incorporating social media into his songs on...

Feb 1, 2010

Bridging the Performance Gap: Training is Just Part of the Solution

I have been designing and delivering learning interventions for nearly 20 years (dare I say), and I always tell my clients that...

I have been designing and delivering learning interventions for nearly 20 years (dare I say), and I always tell my clients that...

Jan 28, 2010

The Science Behind Learning: Cognitive Tips and How Tos for Corporate Training

Tip #1: Highlight the underlying core concepts. Explain what each concept is and why it is important (the meaning behind it). Cognitive...

Tip #1: Highlight the underlying core concepts. Explain what each concept is and why it is important (the meaning behind it). Cognitive...

Jan 21, 2010

The Science Behind Learning: Cognitive Tips and How Tos for Corporate Training (Part 2)

Tip #2: Use the conceptual framework (you created in tip #1) to organize course material into hierarchical groups, subgroups and chunks of...

Tip #2: Use the conceptual framework (you created in tip #1) to organize course material into hierarchical groups, subgroups and chunks of...

Dec 30, 2009

Creating Informal Learning Opportunities for Business Professionals, Part 2

Wikipedia describes Twitter as “a free social networking and micro-blogging service” that allows users to send “updates” (or “tweets”; text-based posts, up...

Wikipedia describes Twitter as “a free social networking and micro-blogging service” that allows users to send “updates” (or “tweets”; text-based posts, up...

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