Learn Better Science

Want to Create More Effective Learning? Use Brain Bias to Your Advantage

Our brains aren’t always as rational as we’d like to think they are. For instance, patients report feeling better after taking sugar pills—even when they know they’re placebos. Wine tastes different to people depending on the colors they see on the label. The best NFL coaches repeatedly run plays that fly in the face of what data says wins games.

How do we explain such irrational quirks of human perception and behavior? Often, the culprit is one or more cognitive biases—mental shortcuts our brains use to process information and make decisions quickly. As the examples above illustrate, sometimes these biases can backfire, causing us to make poor choices or act in ways that don’t entirely make sense. (more…)

Learn Better Microlearning

How To Create Engaging Microlearning Content

Microlearning is all the rage right now. And it makes sense: given the choice between long, dry, boring training, and shorter, more effective, more engaging lessons, who wouldn’t choose the latter?

Yet so much of the “microlearning” out there doesn’t fulfill its promise. A lot of “microlearning” is just longer materials cut up into shorter segments. That’s not microlearning. When someone puts a two-and-a-half-hour movie on YouTube chopped up into nine short videos, those aren’t micro-movies. It’s still one long movie, only broken up into inconvenient parts. You’re lucky if the breaks make sense; they certainly don’t add value to the viewing experience. And you’re still stuck sitting there for 150 minutes.

True microlearning is built on purpose. It’s not easy—ideas don’t come pre-packaged in 90- second bursts. But that’s what we’re here for. We’ve been making microlearning content since before you were 7 years younger than you are right now. In that time, we’ve come up with a few tips, tricks, and tactics to help create lessons that are compact, meaningful, informational, effective, and engaging. (more…)

Future of Learning Learn Better Office Tech

11 Next Generation Learning Buzzwords—What They Mean and Why They Matter

If you find yourself tuning out when you hear terms like “cloud-based,” “seamless,” or “user-centric,” floating around the L&D industry, you’re not alone. When that kind of jargon gets repeated over and over again, it tends to lose its meaning.

“I’m sorry, cloud-based what?”

But buzzwords become buzzwords for a reason: they often point to significant trends in the workplace or in the world at large that can be harnessed to improve the way your people learn.

(more…)