David Kelly’s Curated L&D Content for the Week of 1/28/19

This week’s curated content includes links exploring the following:

  • Why we never forget how to ride a bike, and what that tells us about memory
  • How hearables expand the definition of augmented reality
  • Examples of how play can support learning and growth, even in adults
  • Use cases of virtual reality being used for training
  • The connection between failure and innovation
  • The missing piece of getting out of our confort zones

Why Don’t We Forget How to Ride a Bike? by Boris Suchan
Understanding how brains encode and retrieve information is a powerful field of science that has huge implications for learning. I like this post because it takes a complex topic – how the brain remembers things – and looks at it through the lens of a simple and relatable question: Why don’t we forget how to ride a bike?

Will Hearables Broaden the Concept of ‘Augmentation’? by Mike Boland
Most define AR as the contextual overlaying of digital content on top of the physical world. But that definition is actually limiting as it assumes that AR is only a visual medium. AR simply means the use of technology to augment the real world, and that can be done through audio as well. This post explores the growing world of “hearables”, and what it means for the AR world.

Why Play Is Important for Digital Literacy by Sam Marshall
“Play” is a critical part of learning. We re very accepting of this in the context of children, but we become much less open to the concept in the context of adults. That’s a mistake. This post explores the value of play, sharing a number of examples of how play can be valuable to support learning, performance, and growth.

How Businesses Are Cutting Employee Training Costs With VR by Dieter Holger
Virtual reality’s use cases in the context of training and education are rapidly starting to emerge. No longer just a curiosity, VR is being used to solve problems and improve performance in ways we have never been able to do before. This post examines some of these use cases, including two videos showcasing the technology in use.

What Designers Can Learn From The Museum Of Failure (Yes, It Exists) by Author
I may need to take a trip to Sweden just to visit this museum. I find it fascinating that a museum exists that celebrates failure, but the museum itself isn’t the reason I share the post. I share it more for connection the article makes between failure and innovation.

Science Has Just Confirmed That If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You’re Not Learning by Author
Admittedly I really dislike the absolute wording of the title, but I do like this article. The studies exploring the relationship between going outside your comfort zone and learning are definitely interesting, but that’s not the primary reason I share this article. I share it for the specific examples of HOW to get out of your comfort zone. Most people agree with the value of venturing outside our comfort zone, but we forget that we need to take intentional actions to put that idea into practice.

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