7 Not-to-be-missed posts from October 2014

leaves-18051_640I tweeted the links to around 30 interesting articles and resources in October Here’s the full list – but if you haven’t got time to read them all, then here are just 7 you should take a look at.

(1) Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning, Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, 2 October 2014

Before you click those links you might consider how your knowledge-hungry brain is preparing for the answers. A new study from the University of California, Davis, suggests that when our curiosity is piqued, changes in the brain ready us to learn not only about the subject at hand, but incidental information, too.

(2) The top 4 excuses for not being a connected educator, Angela Watson, The Cornerstone, 2 October 2014

To me, becoming a connected educator is about filling your mind, soul, and spirit with things that motivate and energize you. It’s about connecting with FRIENDS—fellow educators you enjoy talking to about personal and professional things.

(3) Development Mindsets and 70:20:10, Charles Jennings, 7 October 2014

The challenge is to ensure each of our organisations has as many people with growth mindsets as possible. These type of people are more receptive to continuous learning. They are critical for organisational survival and growth in a changing world. Without ‘growth mindset’ people, organisations end up providing products and services to a world that is in the past.

(4) Mentoring in a Millennial World, Randy Emelo, 9 October

Millennials’ craving for mentoring is high, but the way in which the generation prefers to connect, learn and share expertise leaves traditional mentoring programs ill-equipped.

(5) Social Learning is Voluntary; collaboration platforms are enablers, Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID and other reflections, 19 October 2014

Then comes the dichotomy of having an enterprise collaboration platform where no one is sharing, where there are no conversations happening, no debates and questions. It’s a ghost town. At the end of the day, the platform doesn’t matter. The culture of the organization does. An organization with an essentially command and control approach, an overly competitive outlook, and a repressive environment is not yet ready for social learning.

(6) Want to learn, remember and create better? Science says dick around a bit more, Jennifer Miller, FastCoCreate, 22 October 2014

In his new book, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, And Why It HappensNew York Times science reporter Benedict Carey argues that much of what we’re taught about learning can inhibit, rather than promote, memory retention, creative thinking and problem solving. When it comes to hitting the books, it’s the counter-intuitive strategies that are truly helpful.

(7) 3 skills to future-proof your brain for tomorrow, Joel Zaslofsky, Dumb Little Man, 31 October 2-13

It was only by going on sabbatical from what was holding me back that I had the time to build skills to future-proof my brain. Skills like better awareness and absorption of new information. Learning how to learn better. Or building the blueprint to honor my ancestral health. These skills are valuable now … and will be a decade later.

My own posts in October

Here’s a reminder of my own posts last month

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Jane Hart

Founder at C4LPT
Jane Hart is an independent workplace learning advisor, writer and international speaker. She is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. Her recent book Modern Workplace Learning: A Resource Book for L&D is now available, which she supports with a range of online workshops. Find out more about Jane at JaneHart.com.

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