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I missed yesterday’s #lrnchat, a synchronous meet-up on Twitter that brings together Twitterers interested in education and training to discuss various topics. Since yesterday’s #lrnchat was about personal knowledge management, I thought I’d share the tools and strategies I’m using to organize and make sense of online information. In this first post, I’m going to discuss some of my favorite search tools. Search tools and strategies Focused searches I confess that although Google is a personal favorite search engine for general focused searches, I rarely use one search engine to do deep research on any topic.
My ideal man doesn’t exist. This, at least, is what I had to conclude after visiting alikewise.com , the much-ballyhooed new site for “dating by the book,” which purports to match people based on their taste in literature. Matt Sherman, one of the site’s founders, told the AP that the idea came to him after he broke up with a girlfriend a few years ago.
Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may contribute to the development of one type of brain plaque linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to an autopsy study. An analysis of autopsy samples from 135 Japanese men and women found that high insulin and glucose levels appeared to accelerate the formation of neuritic plaques, especially among those carrying a high-risk gene for Alzheimer's, Kensuke Sasaki, MD, PhD, of Kyushu University in Fukuoka City, Japan, and colleagues, reported. The association of neuritic plaques with higher levels of two-hour post-load plasma glucose, fasting insulin, and insulin resistance measured in the decade before death was found to be independent of other risk factors like age, blood pressure, smoking, and cerebrovascular disease, Sasaki and co-authors wrote in the Aug. 25 issue of Neurology . Thus, "adequate control of diabetes might contribute to a strategy for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease," they concluded.
Getting Conservative Organizations Comfortable with Social Media « Mayo Clinic Center for Social MediaI had been invited to speak this week to the National Information Officers Association training conference in Clearwater, FL, but unfortunately was unable to make the trip. This is an annual conference which serves as a training event for emergency services Public Information Officers from throughout the United States and International agencies. The group is primarily comprised of fire departments, municipal services, government and law enforcement, but health care systems are becoming increasingly involved. I was able to share some information about the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media with Tammy Chatman , a Public Information Officer from Flight for Life based in Waukesha, WI, which she will be including as part of her presentation on Wednesday.
Remember when the federal government put nasal decongestants behind the counter because some buyers were using their active ingredient, pseudoephedrine, to make methamphetamine? Something similar could happen to certain cough medicines, because adolescents are increasingly using them to get high. It's yet another example of pitfalls in the consumer health business, which Big Pharma has been eyeing--and investing in--as a way to diversify sales beyond prescription meds. The Drug Enforcement Administration is looking to the FDA for recommendations on restricting cough suppressants containing dextromethorphan. That includes such well-known brands as Pfizer's Robitussin and Procter & Gamble's Vicks NyQuil Cough. So, the FDA is convening an advisory committee Sept. 14 to consider making dextromethorphan a controlled substance.
It's a well-worn cliché that men dominate the top ranks of the biotech industry. But over the past decade a group of extraordinary women has put that cliché to the test. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of our selection of 10 women who have excelled in the industry is that there were so many outstanding women in biotechnology to choose from. One of this year's group runs a large cancer drug business.
I’ve recently been working with Sameer Bhatia the CEO of ProProfs as I was going through an evaluation of various online tools that support easy, fast, low-cost testing and quiz tools ( disclosure ). He helped me pull together the following evaluation of a few different solutions: ClassMarker Quia ProProfs Google Docs Forms Creator, and Quibblo.
Knowledge-based tasks are an increasingly important part of working life, yet it can be hard to evaluate what workers need to know in order to be most effective at their jobs. Cognitive task analysis (CTA) is a process used to identify the important cognitive elements that form the core of good decision-making on the job. Typically, CTA is performed by interviewing subject matter experts (SMEs) to determine how superior performers do what they do. In this post, I’ll take a look at applied cognitive task analysis or ACTA, a streamlined way of figuring out what learners need to know to accomplish a task. Militello and Hutton (1998) describe a three-prong approach to creating meaningful training using ACTA.
As defined by the Transliteracy Research Group , “Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.” Clearly, helping students to develop transliteracy skills is an important part of education 2.0, but it’s also an important part of training. Workers are a heterogeneous group, with different degrees of exposure to, and uptake of, Web 2.0 technology. Since training increasingly involves helping employees maximize informal learning opportunities, it makes sense to spend some time modeling positive ways of using new media and Web 2.0 platforms to provide learners with the skills they need to take advantage of these media/platforms.
Metacognition is an important part of intentional learning , since it involves actively thinking about what you know, what you don’t know, and how you can get better at knowing and applying what you know. A mantra for metacognition State the learning problem with some specificity: identify what you want to know and what you want to do with that knowledge Choose strategies to solve the learning problem—draw upon your own prior knowledge and the knowledge of others Observe how you used the strategies—keep a learning journal or blog Evaluate the results: What worked? What didn’t work? Rinse and repeat: Apply successful strategies to new learning problems