Assignment 1: Relevant Resources

A resource I use often is Mind Tools.  Mind Tools is dedicated to providing content and tools that build user skills in areas key to career success, including leadership, team management, and learning (Mind Tools, 2017).  The site offers an impressive selection of content and tools that are relevant to students of LRNT 523 and the Masters of Arts in Learning and Technology (MALAT) program.

In particular, the category “Learning Skills” contains a variety of interesting and helpful resources slotted into 5 subcategories:

  1. Personal Learning Skills (e.g. Mind Maps)
  2. Understanding how People Learn (e.g. Cognitive Load Theory; Bloom’s Taxonomy, The ADDIE model)
  3. Developing a Learning Environment (e.g. Engaging People in Learning)
  4. Reading More Effectively (e.g. Overcoming Information Overload)
  5. Memory Techniques (e.g. The Journey Technique)

Clearly, there is a lot of content applicable to LRNT523, including information on how people learn and on the relationship between learning and technology.  In addition, there is content that can help us become better students through a focus on virtual teamwork, time management, and writing.  When taken together, the information and tools at Mind Tools can help us become better content consumers and creators.

In addition to Mind Tools, here is a brief list of websites I consider to be of great value to students, researchers, and curious humans – in case they are of interest to you as well:

  • Brain Pickings – An Inventory of the Meaningful Life – A life resource that explores a wide variety of topics, including history, philosophy, and literature
    • Interesting content includes: everything… though a personal favourite ‘rabbit hole’ is her content on death and dying, including Cry, Heart, but Never Break; and Duck, Death, and the Tulip.
    • Other interesting, more relevant, content includes: How to Hone your Creative Routine and Master the Pace of Productivity; The Science of Stress and How our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease
    • Also check out Explore – a companion site to Brain Pickings
  • BusinessBalls – A general L&D resource with some learning-focused content
    • The content is solid – though the name may have been a lost bet.
    • Interesting content includes: Experiential Learning, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model
  • The Edge – A blog that explores a variety of topics across disciplines and engages prominent thinkers in the field (science and technology are prominent)
    • Interesting content includes: Aerodynamics for Cognition, Defining Intelligence, Learning by Thinking, How the Brain is Computing the Mind
  • Farnam Street – Another general L&D resource with some learning-focused content
    • Interesting content includes: Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance; When it Comes to Learning, Depth Beats Breadth; The Learning Paradox: Why Struggling to Learn is a Good Thing
  • You Are Not So Smart – a blog that humorously explores self-delusion
    • Interesting content includes: How search engines inflate your intellectual confidence, Revisiting how we can escape the trap of learned helplessness, Begging the Question
    • Why you should read this blog / listen to these podcasts, in the author David McRaney’s words: “I didn’t know about confirmation bias and self-enhancing fallacies, and once I did, I felt very, very stupid. I still feel that way, but now I can make you feel that way too.” (McRaney).

Are there any great ones I’ve missed? I would love to hear your suggestions.



2 Replies to “Assignment 1: Relevant Resources”

  1. Thank you, Terra, for sharing those resources. I especially liked “You Are Not So Smart”, I look forward to exploring them in greater detail when (if) time allows.


  2. Hi Terra,
    Thank you for reminding me of MindTools. I used to refer to their website on a weekly basis and I subscribed to their services off-and-on as I built my communications consulting practice over the past 12 years. Their articles on communication styles, leadership, conflict resolution and time-management have all helped me with my own professional development while I’ve helped my own clients.
    I hadn’t thought about using Mindtools for my studies, but I will now.
    Thanks for the other resource recommendations. Someone else may post this one: ELearning Heroes from Articulate.
    You don’t need to be an Articulate user to benefit from the wisdom in this forum.

    — Fiona Prince

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