Microlearning, the unruly kid sister of subscription learning, is apparently a topic of great interest for associations, according to Association Learning + Technology 2016, a report published by Tagoras, Inc. (http://www.tagoras.com/) and sponsored by YM Learning (formerly Digital Ignite).

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21st December 2015

Neon Elephant Award Announcement

Dr. Will Thalheimer of Work-Learning Research announces the winner of the 2015 Neon Elephant Award, given this year to Julie Dirksen for her book, Design for How People Learn — just recently released in its second edition. Julie does an incredible job bridging the gap between research and learning practice. Based on decades of working with clients in building learning interventions, Julie utilizes her practical experience  to draw wisdom from the learning research. Her book is wonderfully written and illustrated, utilizes research in a practical way, and covers the most critical leverage points for learning effectiveness. Julie speaks with a voice that is authentic and experienced, providing a soothing guidebook for those who dare to learn the truth and complexities of learning design.

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2015 Award Winner – Julie Dirksen

Julie Dirksen is the principal at Usable Learning, providing consulting services in learning strategy and design. For almost two decades, Julie has been working in the workplace learning-and-performance field; playing roles such as instructional designer, elearning developer, university instructor, learning strategist, keynote speaker, and consultant. Julie is one of the leading voices in our field in recommending research-based learning design and is one of the authors of the Serious eLearning Manifesto.


Why Honored?

Julie Dirksen is honored this year for her book, Design for How People Learn, and for her ongoing work bringing research wisdom to learning design. By creating this book, and updating it just this month, Julie has built a foundational platform to help people get a full and accurate view of learning design. Amazon reviewers speak warmly about how valuable and accessible they find the book.

Like last year’s award winners — Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel; authors of Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning — Dirksen excels in the difficult work of research translation. Julie’s unique value-add is that she speaks from years of experience as an instructional designer and learning strategist. When we read her book we feel led by a wise and experienced savant — someone who has an incredible depth of practical experience.

For her efforts sharing practical research-based insights on learning design, the workplace learning-and-performance field owes a grateful thanks to Julie Dirksen.


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An article in the most recent issue of Psychological Science finds that people tend to perceive men as more creative than women.

Here's a quote from the article:

"Five studies provide converging evidence that lay conceptions of creative cognition (i.e., beliefs regarding what it takes to “think creatively”) overlap substantially with the unique content of male stereotypes, engendering systematic bias in the way that men’s and women’s creativity is evaluated. We found that creativity is strongly associated with stereotypically masculine-agentic qualities (Study 1), and both experimental and archival data indicated that men are judged as more creative than women (Studies 2–4). Finally, we found that attributions of agency mediate differential judgments of men’s and women’s creativity (Study 5)."  (page 1759)

They did NOT find that men are more creative than women. Indeed, they cite other research that has found no difference in creativity between the sexes.

This research adds further emphases regarding gender bias — highlighting that creative potency may be inaccurately judged based on stereotypes that work at an unconscious level. We must all beware of bias in hiring, recruiting, promotions, rewards, and task assignments.

Here's a great subscription-learning intervention for kids (well, maybe not just kids) — to help them learn chemistry.

A group of self-proclaimed science-and-technology geeks got together to help kids learn science. They've got a wonderful learning model, providing kids science experiments delivered three a month for a year. In addition to the science experiments themselves, they also provide a mobile app that explains the science behind the intriguing experimental results. They also encourage kids to take pictures with their phones to share with others.

Here's an NPR radio show — Here and Now — introducing the subject:

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