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

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to a MIT Neuroscientist

Your brain isn’t designed for it.<p><i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for</i> …

The Brain

A Practical To-Do List That Will Finally Make Training Seminars Worth Your Time

Make sure you get the most out of your time by going to your next seminar a little more focused.<p>You finally got approval to go to that pricey training seminar. Maybe you’ll be learning the secrets of entertainers or fishmongers. But do you know how you’re going to deliver a return on the training …

Investing

This Dynamic Web Design training bundle will get you building websites in no time

Building websites isn’t as hard as you might think, especially once you understand the basic languages of web development. With this Dynamic Web Design bundle, you’ll understand crucial web dev foundations and how it could open impressive doors career-wise for your future. Right now, you can grab …

Web Design

DNA-Based Curriculum? Genetics Could Dictate How Students Learn in the Future

Hacking Learning<p>Something that becomes very clear to teachers as they spend time in classrooms is that different students have different learning …

Education

Could Virtual Reality-Based eLearning Transform Employee Behavior and Attitudes? by Pamela S. Hogle

A virtual reality eLearning experience has the potential to do far more than engage learners: By immersing learners in an experience, virtual …

Virtual Reality

This 5-Minute TED Talk Shows Exactly Why Neuroscience Rocks

You've got to see it to believe it.<p>Greg Gage is a neuroscientist.<p>You wouldn't know it by looking at him, though. There's no long, white lab coat. And he doesn't speak in scientific jargon that's difficult to understand.<p>That's because Gage is on a mission: He wants to make neuroscience accessible to …

The Brain

Raise the Bar: Shooting and Editing Green-Screen Video by Mark Lassoff

Green-screen video has been around for years. The local weather forecaster has been standing in front of the green screen gesturing into space for …

Chroma Keying

How to be a good listener: the experts' guide

Step one: stop talking. From that friend in need to your nightmare colleague, here’s how to hear and make a difference<p>A close friend was going through a terrible time this summer. As she cried to me on the phone in her lunch break or over coffee at the weekend, I tried to be the best friend I …

Human Resources

Memory And Learning, Part 2

<b>Discussing Memory And Learning: Part 2</b><p>For those who read my Part 1 article on the topic of memory and learning, I’ll begin with some retrieval …

Learning

Shouldn't lectures be obsolete by now?

<b>Lectures remain by far the most common form of teaching in universities - right down to the way academics are called "lecturers".</b><p>But many predicted that digital technology would have killed off the lecture by now.<p>Why would you want to sit through someone telling you something, when so much more …

Education

Amazon Has Chosen This Framework to Guide Deep Learning Strategy

But this is only the groundwork for a greater goal.<p>As artificial intelligence advances, the goal for modern tech companies is to build AI software …

Amazon

8 Easy Ways to Learn a Little Bit Every Day

Small bits of knowledge add up to much greater wisdom. And, yes, you do have enough time.<p>As my fellow Inc.com columnist Michael Simmons has pointed out, all incredibly successful people share one common trait: They're constantly learning.<p>Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and …

Learning

Have We Forgotten What Microlearning Means?

Let’s take a walk around the modern corporate learning ecosystem. Picture a verdant garden, where technological innovation has ploughed over a …

Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

Ever since the publication of Peter Senge’s <i>The Fifth Discipline</i>, 25 years ago, companies have sought to become “learning organizations” that continually transform themselves. In our era of digital disruption, this goal is more important than ever. But even the best companies still struggle to make …

15 Proven Ways To Improve Your Brain Power

The human brain carries out thousands of tasks every single day. How can we make it work more effectively? We at <b>Bright Side</b> discovered 15 different …

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 …

Learning

Coursera’s new monthly subscriptions could monetize procrastination

Edtech giant Coursera has launched a monthly subscription payment option in the hope that learners on its platform can be enticed into ongoing educational activity, rather than a more piecemeal pay-per-course-bundle option.<p>The new payment model applies to users enrolling in any of the platform’s …

Researchers Think They Know How to Make Your Brain Learn Like a Kid Again

Make our brains great again.<p>Kids have amazing brains. They can pick up two languages in early childhood just as easily as they can learn one. Early …

The Brain

Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills<p>The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter …

The Brain

An expert in focus says all you need to improve your memory is a pen, paper, and a good night’s sleep

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What is the most effective way to study a huge amount of information for one test?</i> <i>Answer by Jonathan Davidson, author of The College Success Cheat Sheet.</i><p>Don’t despair. If you do the right things, you’ll be ready to crush any exam.<p>In order to pull this …

The Brain

Teaching Our Kids Grace And Humility In A World Of A**holes

Like most 10-year-old boys, my son is a sports fanatic. He lives and breathes all things sports. He catches up on the latest news on SportsCenter in …

Parenting

20 ways to make your e-learning totally suck

A lot of e-learning sucks. It’s like wearing a suit or coat that’s two sizes too small – all a bit cramped and makes you feel uncomfortable. Here’s a …

Learning

Do we have a ‘preferred style’ of learning?

Many of us have a preference for the way we learn – either by watching an expert or having a go ourselves. Is this the easiest way for us to learn things?<p>When you trying are something new, do you learn more easily from diagrams, from someone telling you how to do it, or by having a go yourself? You …

Learning

Why Being Taught in Your Learning Style Does Not Make You Smarter

Do you respond more to visual or verbal information? People tend to believe that learning in the style they feel best suited to makes them soak up …

Learning

7 Brain Hacks That Will Make You a Faster Learner

To stay ahead in life, you need to be a constant learner. These hacks will help you pull it off.<p>Our world is evolving quicker than ever.<p>To stay competitive in business and ahead of the game, it's increasingly important to continually learn new skills and information. That's why mega-moguls like …

The Brain

Using fewer brain 'tools' may speed learning

Why are some people able to master a new skill quickly while others require extra time or practice? To find the answer, researchers designed a study …

The Brain

25 Design Freebies Websites Every Designer Should Know

One of the most clever shortcuts I’ve found as a creative entrepreneur is to use freebies. Whether you’re prototyping a new website or designing a package for your product, you can find high-quality resources to help you speed up the process and get things done in a professional manner.<p>There are …

Design

This is what your brain does when you try to read in a noisy coffee shop

Researchers have a new theory, based on a computational model, on how the brain separates relevant from irrelevant information.<p>Trying to read in a …

The Brain