Taking Time to Learn with Alex Salas

Alexander Salas an award-winning learning experience designer, eLearning expert and Chief of Awesomeness at eLearning Launch. As...

Alexander Salas an award-winning learning experience designer, eLearning expert and Chief of Awesomeness at eLearning Launch. As an expert in the integration of instructional science with popular authoring tools, Alex has been a designer of learning programs for Fortune 100 companies such as Centene Corporation, Philips and Dell Technologies.

There’s no one better to talk about taking more time for learning new skills, and how we can put that into practice in our daily lives.

Learning points from the episode:

  • Key skills missing from learning development
  • Learn creativity
  • Learn to express that creativity
  • Express it with a good sense of quality
  • Gain new skills by imitating things you love and learning how they were made
  • Embrace that learning is hard and time-consuming
  • The more you give up, the more you train your brain to give up
  • Put regular time aside every week to learn new things
  • Inaction is the biggest barrier to learning
  • Give yourself time to reflect – the real learning happens when you sleep
  • Motivation is key – if you’re not engaged then you’re not focused
  • Be cautious with resources – ask “is this good or just at the top of a Google search?”
  • Key skills missing from learning development
  • Grab their attention
  • Make them understand the relevance
  • Emphasise the aesthetics
  • Oxygenation to the brain affects the brain’s capacity – exercise, eat right, get sunlight
  • When learning a news skill; exposure + frequency x interest / time
  • Create exposure to the material, reflect on what you’ve learned, apply the knowledge practically to create something

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