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LEGO Serious Play

We experienced at The FRESH Conference how LEGO can be a great and engaging tool to facilitate the learning. And LEGO® Serious Play® programs are being used by companies worldwide that are looking for innovative ways to increase the commitment, confidence and insight of their executives, managers and employees.

Unlearning Our Old Patterns Of Conference Education To Relearn ...

It’s past time for conference organizers to learn about learning! Our conference success depends upon it.

We’ve got to stop saying that it is someone else’s job to manage the content, programming and the attendee experience of the conference. That all we do is work on the logistics of the conference.

Is Your Conference Fostering Conscious Cognitive Misers?

Are you creating intellectually lazy conference participants?  Your conference programming may harbor bias toward minimizing cognitive efforts. In other words, your conference sessions and speakers may actual curtail participants’ thinking. Your conference could be creating happy fools. These happy fools blindly respond to their own problems by erroneously using your conference takeaways as accurate solutions. They avoid thinking, reflecting, and adapting those takeaways. Then when your conference takeaways don’t work, they blame your event.

Seeing is not remembering, it turns out

People may have to 'turn on' their memories in order to remember even the simplest details of an experience, according to psychologists. This finding, which has been named 'attribute amnesia,' indicates that memory is far more selective than previously thought. "It is commonly believed that you will remember specific details about the things you're attending to, but our experiments show that this is not necessarily true," said Brad Wyble, assistant professor of psychology.

Five Super Effervescent Sparkling Conference Education Ideas

As a conference organizer, do you replicate last year’s conference schedule and experience and just change the filling?

Or do you mix it up? Constantly looking for new ways to freshen up the attendee’s conference experience.

The best conference organizers proactively seek fresh, new ideas to implement at their next annual meeting. They work hard at coming up with the next big idea. They are willing to make at least 25% of their annual meeting a new experience for everyone.

The best of Meeting Architecture in a day

The world of meeting professionals is changing rapidly and staying up to speed becomes ever more important. Technology is changing many aspects of meeting planning and the knowledge and skills need to evolve to keep up with the new needs. The new generation of participants, the drive for more ROI, the need for business impact are just a few of the global drivers behind a drastically changing landscape.

IMEX: 10 Meeting Design Campfires

MSI is increasing the number of educational opportunities for meeting professionals. At IMEX Frankfurt 2014 we’re launching the Meeting Design Campfire – a new space for the knowledge exchange, information and networking opportunities for our members.

Below the list of 10 sessions at IMEX Meeting Design Campfire:

(Science Daily) Video Captions Improve Comprehension

A simple change -- switching on captions -- can make a big difference when students watch educational videos, an SF State professor has discovered.

Robert Keith Collins, an assistant professor of American Indian studies, found that students' test scores and comprehension improved dramatically when captions were used while watching videos. The tool is often utilized for students with learning disabilities, but Collins says his results show captions can be beneficial to all students.

ABCDEF: are people tools?


Are people tools in the hands meeting architects, to influence participants? It sounds a bit weird but on the other side, it is about time we see professionals (and volunteers or staff) of all sorts as a category of tools in designing better meetings. Our participants are people and consciously deploying ‘non participant’ people to assist, facilitate, inspire, motivate and even drive meeting objectives is probably the most logic and maybe even the most effective thing we can do.

Testing Can Be Useful for Students and Teachers, Promoting Long-Term Learning

(Science Daily) Pop quiz! Tests are good for: (a) Assessing what you’ve learned; (b) Learning new information; (c) a & b; (d) None of the above.

The correct answer?

According to research from psychological science, it’s both (a) and (b) – while testing can be useful as an assessment tool, the actual process of taking a test can also help us to learn and retain new information over the long term and apply it across different contexts.

KEEP IT HUMAN

(one+ magazine) I have always hated online courses. Even though I’ve been a Net enthusiast since before there was a Net, I have never appreciated when intimate, real-life encounters are relegated to the digital realm. Education is a particularly human-to-human transmission. Students learn as much from watching their professors think in real time as they do hearing whatever facts and ideas come out of them.

Key Molecules Involved in Forming Long-Term Memories Discovered

ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2012) — How does one's experience of an event get translated into a memory that can be accessed months, even years later? A team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has come closer to answering that question, identifying key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones. These proteins may offer a target for drugs that can enhance memory, alleviating some of the cognitive symptoms that characterize conditions including schizophrenia, depression and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Computer games and learning handbook

(Future Lab) Aimed at teachers and those interested in using games with an educational intent, this handbook aims to provide some useful anchoring points for educators to make sense of the area and to develop practical approaches to the use of computer games as a medium for learning.

The Elements of Effective Thinking

(Psychology Today) We all love stories about people with magical powers. Normally we can tell the difference between fact and fiction, but in the case of genius, we often confuse myth and reality. It is easy to believe in the super-powers of Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein or Marie Curie or Warren Buffett or Steven Jobs or J.K. Rowling or other famous creative innovators.

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