Learning and forgetting

Some things I learned via Twitter this past week.

Learning through Practice

@charlesjennings – ID – Instructional Design or Interactivity Design in an interconnected world?

We need designers who understand that learning comes from experience, practice, conversations and reflection, and are prepared to move away from massaging content into what they see as good instructional design. Designers need to get off the content bus and start thinking about, using, designing and exploiting learning environments full of experiences and interactivity.

@donaldclark – 10 techniques to massively increase retention

This is the classic ‘forgetting curve’ by Ebbinghaus, a fundamental truth in memory theory, totally ignored by most educators and trainers. Most fixed ’courses’ or ‘lectures’ take no notice of the phenomenon, condemning much of their effort to the world of lost memories. Most educational and training pedagogies are hopelessly inefficient because they fail to recognise this basic truth. Smart learners get it. They revise over a period, with regular doses to consolidate their memories.

Quotes of the Week

Abraham Lincoln: The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. (Annual Message to Congress: 1862)

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”-Howard Aiken; via @RudolfChristian

Lots about Facebook

@betchaboy “Freakin AWESOME post about the whole Facebook privacy debacle by Andrew Birch, A must read IMO”

@JaneBozarth “DH sat next to young family at ball game. He heard kid’s full name, school, and family secret password. They’re worried about Facebook privacy.”

WikiHow: How to Permanently Delete a Facebook Account via @lpgauthier

@zephoria “The privacy Machiavellis are masters of the bait and switch” by Chris Hoofnagle:

Privacy “messaging” is masking the actions and goals of companies such as Google and Facebook. These for-profit companies have business models that depend upon increasing the collection of personal information, yet they tell us that “privacy is important.” The real question is: How important?

and more

Trojan Mice: small, well focused changes, which are introduced on an ongoing basis in an inconspicuous way; via @charlesjennings

@vineetnayar “Structure of a family has transitioned from command and control. Why can’t that structure work in an organisation?” Star Organisation

“GRADUATE education is the Detroit of higher learning.” NYT op-ed piece. via @elatedca

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2 Responses to “Learning and forgetting”

  1. Michael Gambale

    Hi Harold,

    I wanted to ask you about the relationship between forgetting our identity and online user engagement. Do you think there is a clear link in how information and our environment can help us forget about this (our identify) and let us become engaged in an online learning event? I wanted to ask because I’ve thought about a lot of really engaging moments in my life (in the context of learning) and almost all of them somehow allowed me to forget about my identity as I usually think of myself. In fact it was the furthest thing from my mind. I think its no coincident that people love games because everyone gets to be a player and from the game we demonstrate our uniqueness. (creating a different identity online).

    In order to get people engaged in e-learning courses I think it would be best to temporarily forget about our identify so we can learn something new. Something very counter-intuitive.

    Just wondering what your thoughts are and if you have seen some research on this topic.

    -Mike
    michael_gambale@merck.com
    cyberspacemike@gmail.gom

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