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Fortnightly Links No.40

(Not) Speed Reading • Cognition • Critical Thinking • Outsiders

First, apologies for a missing link in the last issue. I forgot to properly include Jon Husband’s article on the mag; Fluid and Focused Learning. You should have a look.

Also, something I’ve been meaning to ask; what are your learning goals for 2017? Anything specific you want to learn? Some new technique, direction or whole new field you’d like to discover? Be sure to hit reply and tell us about it!

Oh and it’s our fortieth issue, feel free to celebrate by sharing broadly 😉

Sorry, But Speed Reading Won’t Help You Read More

Wired • 7 min read

A good debunking of the various methods of speed reading. Ends with a Michael Pollan like list. Read. As much as possible. Mostly new stuff.

Reading expands one’s knowledge of language and the world in ways that increase reading skill, making it easier and more enjoyable to read. Increases in reading skill make it easier to consume the texts that feed this learning machinery. It is not the eyes but what we know about language, print, and the world— knowledge that is easy to increase by reading—that determines reading skill.

The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

Chief Learning Officer • 7 min read

How our brains learn; the neural level, to cognitive level, mental models, pattern-matching, meaning-making, context and practice.

Cognitive science is the most accurate description as it was specifically created as an umbrella term to incorporate all levels of human behavior from neural to social, and it includes contributions from many disciplines including philosophy, anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, sociology and more.

Caveat Auditor: The Role Of Critical Thinking In Modern Business Training

eLearning Industry • 12 min read

People should be critical thinkers and employers should teach critical thinking. As informal learning (often online) is a more and more important part of “training,” employees are exposed to unproven sources of information. Critical thinking can help them challenge fake news and information, thus also protecting their organisation.

Using a Socratic approach to deliver content, learners do not passively consume information. They are challenged to answer questions about a topic, and guided by those questions to examine all of the information, ideas, and concepts that relate. This approach encourages learners to question the sources, debate the merit and logic of responses and form their own critical conclusions about the content.

Ian Sanders, The Go-to Outsider

E-180 Mag • 4 min read

An interview with Ian Sanders who has had an interesting career and shares a lot of his thinking on Medium, discussing curiosity, storytelling, creativity, cafés, spaces and the future of work.

Being an outsider doesn’t necessarily help me get inside, it helps others get on their inside. By asking the right questions it helps the individual or organisation bring out and uncover what’s already there.

The Radical Art of Learning from Within

On Being • 4 min read

A new concept for a master’s, trying to get students away from the “zombie walk” of doing what they are supposed to do, “by inviting each participant to design their education around a vision of the person they want to become.” Also interesting for the “Wayfinder kit” they produced, which is being used by a wide variety of people outside of the masters program or even college.

The Open Master’s supports individuals in crafting independent master’s degrees, then organizes circles of learners around the country who accompany each other on the journey. The mission is to help people identify and act on the “why” behind their learning.

Make Learning a Lifelong Habit

Harvard Business Review • 4 min read

Some good tips on developing an habit of constant learning. For once they are somewhat general (instead of the classic “this worked for me”), give individual tricks but also recommend joining others and is not technology focused or averse.

Developing specific learning habits — consciously established and conscientiously cultivated — can be a route to both continued professional relevance and deep personal happiness.

Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative

The Economist • 8 min read

The intro piece to The Economist’s lifelong learning special report. Highly educated people have to move down the ladder in job payment, less skilled people are being pushed out of the job market. Organisations spend less on training. The answer;

To remain competitive, and to give low- and high-skilled workers alike the best chance of success, economies need to offer training and career-focused education throughout people’s working lives.

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Patrick Tanguay

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