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To say there is a lot going on in professional learning would be a great understatement. With technology, demand, and legislation leading the way, the conversation is vibrant in every part of the industry. Here are just a few talking points:
- In a Forbes article from Joshua Gans, the author looks at the experience of his 11 year-old-son learning Game theory through Stanford’s online course. He explains the Stanford approach, where lectures have been recorded then divided into chunks for easy absorption, and going on to highlight the bigger structural issues surrounding moving regular university learning practices into an online environment.
- In an excellent piece on eLearning Coach, Connie Malamed discusses on how to chunk information for Instructional Design, detailing our understanding of our available working memory and how chunking can help to take best advantage of it. She’s asked for comments so be sure to leave yours.
- Finally, retweeted by us a few weeks ago, Lawrence Sherman in his TEDx talk ‘Turning medical education inside out and upside down’ detailed his take on how medical education should be presented and the pitfalls in the current system. Among many things, he explores how the amount of training a medical professional receives in their initial schooling is greatly disproportionate to the training they receive for the rest of their career. This fantastic presentation is embedded below (NSFW).
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