Buzzword: Micro-learning I was introduced recently to a new buzz word making its way across the learning & development industry: Micro-learning. If you’re like me, you’re probably starting to get a bit tired of people adding their particular spin to learning – all in search of the holy grail that is the “right way” to make learning happen. It doesn’t exist. But having got that out of the way, it is worth looking at these ideas to see if there’s anything we, as learning professionals, can learn from them. As a term, “micro-learning” has been around since about 2004, when it was put forward in a PhD thesis by Gerhard Gassler. Basically, micro-learning describes a method of learning, whereby concepts and ideas are presented (or retrieved) in very small chunks, over very short time-scales, often at the point of need, or at the point of maximum receptiveness. Examples include: As can be seen from the examples above, micro-learning is generally pulled rather than pushed. ie. the learner dictates when they learn.
Why To-Do Lists are Key to Entrepreneur Success | Utah Online Ma Why is focus such a big deal as an online entrepreneur? What do you to to help you focus on the task at hand? Have you seen increased productivity as you find ways to focus? I’ve been in the world of entrepreneurship way before I even knew what the word meant. Focus is so key to the success of your online business. Here’s one of the best reminders I read in an article about focus: 23. Well, there is the answer you’ve all been waiting for… Focus, Focus, Focus! As an entrepreneur, focus can be one of the biggest challenges we all face. Why To-Do Lists Help Me Succeed Creating a To-Do List is the simple way of creating the dreaded “Business Plan”: to me, “business plans” are just fancy ways to talking about day to day, week to week, month to month and year to year GOALS. Questions about Focus How do you stay focused on the things that are most important for your online business (or do you)? What strategies do you use to help you stay focused? How is it working for you? What else has worked for you?
The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity by Maria Popova “Generating interesting connections between disparate subjects is what makes art so fascinating to create and to view… We are forced to contemplate a new, higher pattern that binds lower ones together.” It seems to be the season for fascinating meditations on consciousness, exploring such questions as what happens while we sleep, how complex cognition evolved, and why the world exists. Joining them and prior explorations of what it means to be human is The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning (public library) by Cambridge neuroscientist Daniel Bor in which, among other things, he sheds light on how our species’ penchant for pattern-recognition is essential to consciousness and our entire experience of life. To illustrate the power of chunking, Bor gives an astounding example of how one man was able to use this mental mechanism in greatly expanding the capacity of his working memory. Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr
Modern Nerd I had a dream. A dream that email could be fun again. A dream that, instead of wrestling with my inbox every day, we could share the same bus and get along just fine. Today that dream is realised and I’m going to share it with you. It won’t change the face of the planet or answer the Eternal Question (“have you seen my car keys?”) The quest for inbox heaven About two years ago I was up to my nostrils in email. Check and send email from one place.Easily archive and retrieve email.Flag actionable mail but keep it out of my inbox.Access email from my mobile without loss of functionality.Not worry about how much it’s costing.Feel good about email again. The experiments began I spent years experimenting. I’ve tweaked desktop mail apps like Thunderbird and Mail.app with all manner of widgets. Shortly after what I now refer to as the Great Entourage Blackout of 2006, I sat down and had a chocolate HobNob. Inbox Heaven: one inbox for life Setting things up Let’s get stuck in. The three rules
Formula for success in learning If you have found this place in the vast cyberspace of the web, you are probably not the one to convince that knowledge is power, and that solutions to most problems facing humanity could be found if we were armed with more understanding of how the world works. While knowledge is power, information can be overpowering. An increasing proportion of the population suffers from Information Fatigue Syndrome, i.e. from stress related to being overwhelmed with an unmanageable glut of information. This text introduces you to simple steps toward managing information and toward rock-solid knowledge. No cheap miracles. I have been working on the problem of effective learning for 16 years now since, as a student of molecular biology, I first understood how I could greatly change the quality of all my actions were I able to improve the recall of what I studied for exams (and not only). You may find the first three points obvious. This is the shortest path to empowering knowledge: Further reading
Web Work 101: 10 Apps You Can’t Do Without – WebWorkerDaily So you’ve been downsized. Or you’ve bailed before being booted because you saw the writing on the wall. Or maybe you skipped the steady paycheck for a go at being a freelancer. Whatever the reason you’re out there on your own now, we’ve compiled a list of apps you’ll need to run your web-working business. This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a sampling of the apps and solutions that we’ve blogged about in the past. Here’s what the new web worker needs to get the job done well: Backoffice 1. I can’t run my business without my Freshbooks, but there are many options out there for freelancers to manage invoices and track income and expenses. You can also track expenses with these apps: 2. While Freshbooks does have time tracking, I must confess I’m remiss with tracking my time with a tracker (and yes, even with my cute Freshbooks time tracking widget for Mac OSX). I have to admit I’m the first to ignore anything that has an acronym. 4. ReadItLater, Instapaper, LaterLoop Communications
Learning curve A learning curve is a graphical representation of the increase of learning (vertical axis) with experience (horizontal axis). Learning curve for a single subject, showing how learning improves with experience A learning curve averaged over many trials is smooth, and can be expressed as a mathematical function The term learning curve is used in two main ways: where the same task is repeated in a series of trials, or where a body of knowledge is learned over time. The first person to describe the learning curve was Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885, in the field of the psychology of learning, although the name wasn't used until 1909. In 1936, Theodore Paul Wright described the effect of learning on production costs in the aircraft industry. This form, in which unit cost is plotted against total production, is sometimes called an experience curve. In psychology The first person to describe the learning curve was Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885. In economics Exponential growth Power law
85+ tools to manage projects January 12, 2009 | AUTHOR: Julius Solaris | POSTED IN: event management Events are indeed projects or at least they should be managed as such. Here is yet another free list that will help you to be more productive. Remember to save it in your del.icio.us for future reference and to let others know through StumbleUpon. Project Management Software - OpenProj and our template - OpenWorkbench - dotProject - Vitalist - GanttProject - Project2Manage - Redmine - ProjectThingy - ProjectPier - Qtask - Basecamp - WhoDoes - GanttPV - Faces - PHProjekt - TeamSCOPE - NetOffice - TaskJuggler - GroupTweet - JoinContact To do lists - Remember The Milk - Ta-da List - Zoho Planner - HiTask - Blist - Listphile - Wipee List - Toodledo - Bla-bla List - Tudu Lists Mind Mapping - mind42 - XMind - bubbl.us - Wisdomap - Mindomo Paper - PocketMod - Compact Calendar 2009 - Concrete Goal Tracker - Task Progress Tracker - Task Order Up Blogs - Lifehacker - Dumb Little Man - 43 Folders - David Seah - Zen Habits - Lifehack - To-Done - Tim Ferriss - LifeDev - LifeClever
untitled Divergent thinking – more than a mere tool – is a technique very commonly used on creative activities because it allows us to expand our brains a little bit, by looking for new opportunities and ways of getting things done. So, from the problem – or whatever triggers your creativity – to the solution, instead of taking obvious steps and walking on a straight line, you force yourself to see different aspects of the situation, using unusual points of view, no matter how abstract of absurd they seem at the first place. This can be done by allowing everyone to think more freely while working on the task, gathering ideas that have the slightest relation to the problem itself rather than looking straight for a practical solution. Most people tend to confuse divergent thinking – a technique, a way of using your brain – with brainstorming – which is more like a tool that uses this technique. So how can you improve your divergent thinking skills?
5 Clever Ways To Keep Your Muse On Speed Dial Chief Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Dave Navarro known for his blog that rocks: Rock Your Day Feeling stuck? There’s nothing more intimidating than staring at a blank page (or screen) and realizing that you’re up against a solid case of writer’s block. Tip #1 – Keep A Tangent Journal As You Write Just as conversations often branch off into unrelated tangents, whatever you’re writing about now can be the catalyst for many other things you may write about later. Tip #2 – Write, Then Brainstorm After you’ve successfully hammered out your quota of words for the day, don’t let all that mental momentum go to waste. Tip #3 – Find Someone To Give You A Jump-Start Sometimes you’ll find yourself absolutely brain-locked, unable to even begin thinking about what to write. Tip #4 – Condition Yourself For Creativity Tip #5 – Show Up On Time, Every Time Your Turn: Tell Us Your Top Writing Productivity Tip Looking for more tips to make your life easier?
Critical thinking | Learning resources Advice and resources on the subject of critical thinking. Why is being critical important? It affects your academic success: if you wish to achieve higher grades, being able to take an informed and analytical approach to your studies is very important. Simply memorising and explaining concepts and ideas will not be sufficient for a strong pass at masters level. You need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of your subject and give your opinion(s) supported by evidence that you have judged to be appropriate. It affects your employability: one of the main reasons students undertake postgraduate study is to improve their employment prospects. What do we mean by ‘critical’? Being ‘critical’ does not mean just being negative, or pointing out what is wrong about something. You can find out more about the framework at : SCQF level descriptors (PDF) Taking a critical approach in your studies and professional development can include behaviours such as: Critical thinking ‘stairway’ Further reading