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By Bob Ryan | Ideas that shape the way we work, learn and teach

5 Top Designers On How To Create The Ultimate PowerPoint Presentation

Slide presentations usually suck—but a good designer can turn that around. Here are four tips for selling your ideas.<p>PowerPoints are awful. Long and uninteresting, they are the corporate drone of visual media—synonymous with endless meetings, academic conferences, and corporate retreats.<p>For graphic …

Design

How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong

In 2011, when Stanford computer scientists Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig came up with the bright idea of streaming their robotics lectures over …

The amazing thing being bilingual does to your brain

Scientists have found that the benefits of being bilingual stretch much further than those commonly associated with being fluent in two languages - …

The Brain

21 Awesome Places to Learn Critical Skills That Will Change Your Life

Never stop learning. Improve your professional and personal lives here.<p>We tend to think of learning a new skill or "going back to school" as something you'd do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.<p>But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and …

eLearning

MOOC enrollment drops at HarvardX and MITx after free certifications disappear

An internal study of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by Harvard and MIT shows a serious decline in the number of students choosing to enroll and certify via these internet-accessible classrooms. 2016 only saw around half the participants as the previous year — likely due to the …

e-Learning

Why organisations need to empower employee-led learning – Modern Workplace Learning Magazine

<i>Jane Hart, Director of Centre for Modern Workplace Learning, 13 January 2017</i><p>Organisations are no longer like they were 50 years ago; people are …

Learning

Grading the MOOCs

More than four years after Harvard and MIT launched the nonprofit learning platform edX, a joint research team from the two schools have released a …

Learning

3 biggest flaws with the LMS and why it doesn’t make your employees better on-the-job performers

Whether you’re a mid-sized organization or a large Fortune 500 and whether you sit in the Human Resources, L&D or Store Operations group, you’re …

A Mindset “Revolution” Sweeping Britain’s Classrooms May Be Based On Shaky Science

The “growth mindset” phenomenon has swept through schools over the last 20 years and purportedly explains everything from Michael Jordan’s success to Enron’s failure. But the research behind it contains worrying errors.<p>Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team in 1978. He went on …

Research

Finland v the US: one's education system is ranked among the world's best, the other one is the US

Finland is an innovative country when it comes to education, and its innovation yields results.<p>It's consistently one of the highest performing …

Learning in the Modern Workplace 2017

<b>Part A: Understanding the need for change</b> (pp 11-26)<p>The changing world of work<br>• Changing learning habits<br>• Modern Professional Learning<br>• The calls for …

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

Small classes. High standards. More money. These popular remedies for school ills <i>aren't</i> as effective as they're sometimes thought to be. That's the somewhat controversial conclusion of education researcher John Hattie.<p>Over his career, Hattie has scrutinized more than 1,000 "meta-analyses," looking …

Education

4 Learning Strategies Quick Learners Master But Never Told You

Learning doesn’t just stop when we leave school or university – many of us have goals and dreams that require a level of learning or perhaps just …

Success

The Ultimate Color Combinations Cheat Sheet

Finding a correct color combination is one of the most important steps in designing a stylish and holistic look. This is why we’re offering you this …

Color Schemes

The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

FeatureThe Cognitive Science Behind Learning<p>The most complex thing in the known universe is the human brain. We can change learning practices for the …

Learning

We may have less than 5 years to change how we learn, earn and care

Over the course of the last year, at World Economic Forum and elsewhere, I have asked participants two questions. First I ask for a show of hands on …

Education

Running isn't just good for your fitness, it could give your brain a boost

MRI scans reveal that endurance runners’ brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary people.<p>Researchers compared …

The Brain

Naps might be saving your brain

Want to save your brain? The secret may be as simple as napping.<p>A new study that analyzed 3,000 Chinese adults over the age of 65 found that those …

The Brain

New research offers clues into how the brain shapes perception to control behavior

What you see is not always what you get. And that, researchers at The Rockefeller University have discovered, is a good thing.<p>“Every time you move …

The Brain

The Case for Silence While You Work or Study

The Mozart Effect suggests that listening to some types of music can help with certain mental tasks. However, there’s a case to be made for working …

Running Enhances Functional Brain Connectivity

<b>Highlights</b><p>Fine motor control functions like playing an instrument or golf, alter the structure and function of brain.<br>• New research shows that …

The Brain

Memory slipping? You might be eating too much sugar

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What does sugar do to our brains?</i> <i>Answer by Keck Medicine of USC, 500+ internationally renowned doctors at a leading academic medical center.</i><p>We all know what sugar does to our waistlines. New studies show its impact on the brain—and it’s not good.<p>As it …

Healthy Eating

4 Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience

The future of work is all about innovation and agility. We have to be prepared for ever-changing circumstances, and that means being open to learning …

Want to Be a Better Thinker? Science Says Learn More Words

Language is one of the best cognitive tools there is.<p><i>Does a broader vocabulary allow you to think faster? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Marc Ettlinger, linguistics Ph.D. @ Berkeley,</b> …

Language

"Write Drunk. Edit Sober." According To Science, Ernest Hemingway Was Actually Right

A new infographic takes a scientific look at the writer's old chestnut, even if it should be "write tipsy, edit with coffee."<p>College is a time for experimenting with too much alcohol and writing badly about the bad sex you had. It's the only way to figure out your drinking limitations and to learn …

Science

2017 Learning Trends: Custom, Adaptive, Anywhere, and Impactful

Learning is getting more customized, adaptive, and available anywhere… but the only learning trends that really matter related to delivering business …

The New Science of Exercise

Ever since high school, Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky has blurred the line between jock and nerd. After working out every morning and doing 200 push-ups, he …

Exercise

5 Education Stories To Watch In 2017

Every year for the past few years, I've dusted off my crystal ball and offered a few predictions for the new year. Back on Nov. 9 though, I threw out the ones I had been working on and started over. The election of Donald Trump altered the landscape for K-12 and higher education and created greater …

Education

10 Learning Design Blogs to Draw Inspiration From

When searching on Google for "Learning Design Blogs", a staggering amount of more than 117,000,000 search results appear. With this overwhelming …