In this post, I share a guide on becoming an instructional designer, storytelling research, and a tool for creating citations easily.
Becoming an Instructional Designer
How to Become an Instructional Designer: The Definitive Guide – Devlin Peck – Performance Consultant for Corporate Training Teams
This 10,000-word guide starts at the very beginning, explaining what instructional designers are and what they do for different types of organizations. There’s a quick summary of theories and different tools, tips for creating a portfolio, and info on ways to learn more.
Our Brains Tell Stories So We Can Live – Issue 75: Story – Nautilus
How stories are critical to how humans understand the world (and how they can sometimes lead us to draw faulty conclusions).
tags:storytelling research neuroscience
We are hardwired to need stories; science has storytelling buried deep in its nature. But there is also a problem. We can get our dopamine reward, and walk away with a story in hand, before science has finished testing it. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the brain, hungry for its pattern-matching dopamine reward, overlooks contradictory or conflicting information whenever possible. A fundamental prerequisite for pattern recognition is the ability to quickly distinguish between similar but not identical inputs. Not being able to pigeonhole an event or idea makes it much more difficult for the brain to label and store it as a discrete memory. Neat and tidy promotes learning; loose ends lead to the “yes, but” of indecision and inability to draw a precise conclusion.Robert A. Burton