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  • Issue 88: Mid-May Motivation 🌸

    In this mid-May issue, we’re chatting about motivation! Specifically, we’re asking: Are there differences in learner motivation after using a mobile AR? Do different educational modes impact learning motivation?

    • Duration 12m
  • Issue 89: Graphic Organizers Improve Learning 📇

    This week, we’re chatting about new research looking at graphic organizers, such as concept-mapping. Specifically, we’re hoping to answer the following: Does training intensity impact concept-mapping effectiveness? Can technology-assisted graphic organizers improve performance?

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 87: Does Environment Impact Learning? ⛅

    This week, we’re chatting about the environment and learning. Specifically, we’re seeking out answers to the following: Does indoor temperature affect our learning ability? Is outdoor education an effective way to improve motivation?

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 85: Persona(lization) Points 🤸

    Hey there! This week, we’re talking about the personalization principle and creating learner personas. Specifically, we hope to answer: Does learner interest impact the personalization principle? Can cognitive load interfere with understanding persona profiles?

    • Duration 12m
  • Issue 84: Teaching Communication through Simulation 💬

    This week, we’re diving into research about interpersonal skills (IPS), communication, and self-efficacy. Specifically, we’re answering: How do learners perceive interpersonal training? Does the avatar matter in IPS training with VR?

    • Duration 12m
  • Issue 83: Seductive Details: Hot Takes 🔥

    In this week’s newsletter, we’re expanding our coverage of seductive details... Specifically, we're addressing: Does seductive detail format impact learning differentially? When is it important to consider seductive details?

    • Duration 12m
  • Issue 82: March Mobile Madness 🏀

    We’re answering the following questions: Can mobile games  improve learning over traditional courses? Are we asking the right questions around mobile technologies and learning?

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 81: All About Assessments ✅

    Welcome, welcome! This week we’re chatting about assessments and testing. Specifically, our articles address the following: Does feedback after practice tests improve metacognition and exam performance? Can deadlines prevent cramming for tests?

    • Duration 13m
  • Issue 80: Time for Learning ⏰

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For this week’s topic, we’re covering time. Specifically, we’re asking: Does the amount of time between learning materials impact memory? How do non-standard days/times impact motivation?

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 78: Learning from Computer People 💻

    This week, we’re covering details revolving around the social factors of pedagogical agents. Specifically, we’re asking: Do pedagogical agent facial expressions and gestures impact learning?What factors of social fidelity affect learning from pedagogical agents?

    • Duration 12m
  • Issue 79: Video Learning Considerations 📹

    This issue will recap some articles that we’ve talked about before, as well as some new ones. Specifically, we’re covering: When should we use text, video, or both? Does length of the video matter?

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 77: How Close? How Far? 🤏

    We’re focusing on proximity (i.e., goodbye to the tight cold weather snuggles from my pups). Specifically, the research we’re covering this week looks at proximity in visual processing. The questions that we’re answering are: Does the layout of slide/text multimedia...

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 76: Feedback and Training Outcomes 🏋️

    Hello, hello! This week, our articles tackle factors that affect training outcomes. Specifically, we’re asking: Do feedback-seeking and reflective behaviors impact training transfer? Are training outcomes influenced by follower/leader agreement?

    • Duration 12m
  • Issue 75: Valentine Special: Identity & Safety 🤎

    Happy *almost* Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of feeling safe and loved, this week we’re honing in on diversity and psychological safety! Specifically, we’re asking: Do employee identities impact workplace engagement? Can a team-based game intervention develop psychological safety?

    • Duration 14m
  • Issue 74: Administering High-Stakes Tests 🥩

    This week, we’re delving into factors of high-stakes testing. Specifically, we’re asking: Does administration location (testing center vs. virtual proctored) affect performance? How can we improve the equitability of high-stakes tests?

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 73: Social Learning & Leadership 🧸

    Welcome! This week, we’re continuing on with leadership’s impact on learning. However, our focus is a bit more precise, since today’s articles focus exclusively on customer-facing employees. The questions we explore this week are: Does leader/employee relationship impact employee learning...

    • Duration 14m
  • Issue 72: Put ‘em in Coach (the Managers, that is)! 🏅

    Happy Thursday! For this week’s article breakdowns, we’re focusing on manager coaching. While we know that manager coaching is related to learning, studies are getting a bit more in-depth. The questions we answer this week are: Does management style impact...

    • Duration 12m
  • Issue 71: Whale, Let’s Go Again: Gamification 🐳

    Whale-come to your weekly dose of learning science!  This week’s articles address the following questions: Does hope or compulsion lead to customer engagement? What factors contribute? Does an accessible gamified experience lead to learning for those with total blindness?

    • Duration 12m
  • Issue 70: A Battle for the Ages: Text, Video, Audio 📻

    Today we’re covering articles that look at whether text on screen helps or hinders learning, as well as if audio lessons are improved by video and/or subtitles. Here are the specific questions we’re tackling: When presenting audio information, should video...

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 69: The More the Merrier 🎠

    This week’s articles delve into how learners engage in asynchronous online discussions, which lies at the intersection of informal and social/collaborative learning. Specifically, the questions asked are: How do discussions naturally progress in an informal science group? Are instructor-, learner-,...

    • Duration 11m
  • Issue 67: Memorizing Butterflies 🦋

    This week’s topic came from a recent email regarding learning novel words, which I found incredibly interesting in the context of adult learning. When we enter a new field, we are often subjected to learning a list of new “vocabulary...

    • Duration 10m
  • Issue 66: Taking Notes and Reading Slides 📓

    This week’s articles focus on learner note-taking and slide accessibility. The questions that we’ll be looking at this week are: Does texting during a presentation impede note-taking and learning outcomes? Should learners have access to a copy of the slides...

    • Duration 10m