The links and resources in this post include scenario examples, a branching scenario tool, a presentation on learner engagement, summaries of learning research, and good news for job seekers.
Scenarios for Learning
Scenario examples for training – Learn instructional design for the workplace from Cathy Moore A collection of example scenarios from multiple sources, built in multiple tools. Cathy describes each scenario and asks questions to help you reflect about the design. tags:scenario training e-learning instructionaldesign
Learning Technology Mystery Series Presents “The Case of the Disengaged Learner” with Cara North – The Training, Learning, and Development Community Cara North’s recorded presentation on engagement in learning. Engagement can be cognitive, behavioral, or emotional. Additional resources at go.osu.edu/disengaged tags:research learning education e-learning training engagement
Research: Learning Science, Growth Mindset, and Taking Notes
Book — The Learning Scientists Quick summaries of key points from each chapter in a book on learning science and effective strategies (spacing, elaboration, concrete examples, visuals, and retrieval practice). I wish the graphics were easier to read though. Medium blue italicized serif text on a lighter blue background isn’t enough contrast. I don’t think low contrast counts as desirable difficulty, just bad accessibility. tags:research learning education spacedlearning retrievalpractice images
The Mindset Controversy: Carol Dweck Speaks… |Education & Teacher Conferences A summary of Dweck’s response to recent unsuccessful research on growth mindset. It’s probably less important to teach the concept of mindset than to adjust methods of teaching and providing feedback. tags:growthmindset research learning education
Dweck emphasizes that mindset interventions should not be one-time events.
Anything that happens just once — “a chart at the front of the room, a lecture where you define the two mindsets” — isn’t likely to work.
Instead, we should focus on “the policies and practices in the classroom. It is not about teaching the concept alone, it is much more about implementing practices that focus on growth and learning.” [emphasis added]Andrew Watson, with quotes from Carol Dweck
Now Even the New York Times Has It Wrong |Education & Teacher Conferences You’ve probably heard that taking handwritten notes results in better learning than taking notes on a laptop. That research has been oversimplified in the media reporting though. What the researchers found is that rewording and summarizing while taking notes is more effective. People taking handwritten notes are more likely to reword as they go because we write slower than we type. However, if people could be trained to take notes on a laptop while rewording and summarizing, taking digital notes would probably be MORE effective. It’s HOW you take notes that matters, not the media or technology–a principle that has been seen in other studies about learning. tags:research education
The correct way is: students should reword the professor’s lecture, rather than simply copy the words down verbatim.
If students can learn to reword the professor’s lecture when taking notes on a laptop, then Mueller and Oppenheimer’s own data suggest that they’ll learn more. And yes, I do mean “learn more than people who take handwritten notes.” (Why? Because laptop note-takers can write more words than handwriters, and in M&O’s research, more words lead to more learning.)Andrew Watson
The Science of the Job Search, Part VII: You Only Need 50% of Job “Requirements” – TalentWorks Job listings are descriptions of what they imagine the ideal candidate should have. Don’t be afraid to apply to jobs because you can’t check every single box. You can get interviews while meeting only about half the requirements. tags:newid jobsearch
You’re as likely to get a job interview meeting 50% of job requirements as meeting 90% of them...
You may have seen stories before about how women in particular don’t apply for jobs unless they’re 100% qualified. We wondered if they were on to something – maybe there’s gender discrimination at play and hiring managers look for women to meet more of the requirements. Turns out, our findings apply just as much to women as to men, and actually, for women, the chances of getting an interview start increasing as soon as you meet 30% of requirements.Claire Jaja