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Fortnightly Links no.23

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I hope you have some time this week because we have a few longish (7 min reads) articles; brain-inspired and brain-inspiring, cultivating curiosity, the forgetting mind and knowledge sharing culture. Oh, and LEGO!

(Notice this week that at the end there are a few more extras, if you have more time available for some good reads.)

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Systems and the Learning Brain (7 min read)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a trendy topic recently, in some cases simply “big data” under a different name, in tother cases actual significant advances. Here is an interesting brief on AI in education at Pearsons and IBM which includes advances in neuroscience and our understanding of how learning happens. Ends with some good questions about the approach and how interactions with such systems will shape our brains.

AIEd will continue to leverage new insights in disciplines such as psychology and educational neuroscience to better understand the learning process, and so build more accurate models that are better able to predict — and influence — a learner’s progress, motivation, and perseverance. … Increased collaboration between education neuroscience and AIEd developers will provide technologies that can offer better information, and support … a child’s progress.

A recursive relationship between machine cognition and human cognition is assumed in this statement. It sees cognitive systems as both brain-inspired and brain-inspiring, both modelled on the brain and “rewiring” the brain through interacting with users.

How to Cultivate Curiosity That Creates a Fuller Life (5 min read)

A good look at Ian Leslie’s book on curiosity with some of the best insights and a quick look at the diversive, epistemic and empathic kinds of curiosity.

The turning point in my life and career was when I became obsessed with learning; when I realized how dark my mind was and how this ignorance was like trying to find my phone in a dark room. This was also when I realized I had stopped doing the most important thing: asking questions.

7 Brain-Based Ways to Stop Forgetting (7 min read)

A study trying to understand how forgetting works and seven ways to prevent forgetting. And good to know; “critical thinking—asking ‘how’ and ‘why’—can actually boost brain power.”

“These results suggest that mastery-approach goals eliminate retrieval-induced forgetting, but performance-approach goals do not, demonstrating that motivation factors can influence inhibition and forgetting.”

Why a perpetual learner beats a fancy cv anyday (7 min read)

Crew believes in hiring learners and fostering opportunities for growth, constantly challenging their employees to get better at what they know and diving into what they don’t know yet.

Perhaps our most consistent topic though is what each person is learning. Everyone has an area in which they are currently pushing their skills. Ask me at any given time where my primary focus of growth is and I can tell you without hesitation… In the one-on-one each month, we write them down to hold ourselves accountable. Then we check in the following month to see how it’s progressing.

A knowledge-sharing culture is essential (3 min read)

Talking about knowledge sharing and implementing tools for it is all well and good but people have to use it! Dave Conrad here has some good succinct points on how to create a knowledge sharing culture.

Only effective collaboration and communication — which spans across the whole company — will give knowledge management the emphasis and impact it deserves. I always tell my business students the individuals that rise in an organization are not those who hoard information, but rather, those who openly and freely share their knowledge and expertise with their colleagues.

In a very similar vein: 5 reasons your employees aren’t sharing their knowledge


Legos: A New Frontier for Libraries (3 min read)

“Not all learning comes from books,” she continues. “If libraries want to stay relevant in this digital age, they need to embrace methods of informal learning and step out of their comfort zone with makerspaces such as a Lego playing station, which is not always quiet, orderly or clean.”

It’s supposed to be written in all caps though; LEGO 😉

Event: The Future of Learning 2016

Future of Learning brings together leading scholars in fields such as cognitive and social psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, digital ethics, art, and design whose latest research will help you understand the changing nature of learning in today’s societies. Leading practitioners working in schools, museums, and NGOs will broaden your repertoire of frameworks, resources, and tools to create learning environments for today and tomorrow.

Extra Extras

Culture and effective online learning environments

3 Ways to Become a More Effective Learner

Insights on becoming an effective learner

Crowd-augmented cognition: Team develops tools that combine human and machine intelligence to accelerate learning

L&D must adopt more agile approach


Header image: Wikipedia entry on the history of artificial intelligence.

Patrick Tanguay

Editor-in-Chief for E-180 Publications. Obsessively curious transdisciplinary thinker and learner. I help connect people and ideas.