Academy Thoughts

By Bob Ryan | Ideas that shape the way we work, learn and teach

Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It

Change is always awkward at first, but it gets easier with practice.<p>Take a moment and cross your arms. Now, cross them in the opposite direction. Which way was more awkward?<p>If you thought crossing them the second time required more thought, you’re right. In fact, when you crossed them the first …

Self-improvement

I made my classroom look like the real-world…and test scores soared |

<i>Anthony Johnson is an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Below, he describes his innovative classroom</i> …

Teaching

The case for L&D to focus on #performance and to measure what matters. #learning https://t.co/2q4k49yE6R

What do employees love about work? Professional development tops the list

After all the cards, flowers and chocolates have been consumed and news of engagements spread throughout the office on Valentine's Day, most …

Your brain always has a backup plan

You may not always be consciously considering a Plan B when you're making a decision, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Queen's University researchers have discovered that the human brain's motor neurons will prepare for multiple actions before making a decision. The team learned this by …

A Better Metric for the Value of a Worker Training Program

The United States has thousands of workforce development and training programs, run by the public, social, and private sectors. Some are excellent; others, not so much. The problem is that we don’t know which are which.<p>That lack of knowledge is costly. According to the Georgetown University Center …

Are Teachers Becoming Obsolete?

A veteran educator reflects on the personalized-learning trend that’s left him wondering if a computer is more capable of doing his job than he is.<p>Leaving my school building the other day, I had an unexpected realization: Perhaps a computer was a more effective teacher than I currently was. The …

Disruption Debate with Cammy Bean: Shifting the Titanic

<i>Welcome to the fourth instalment of our new Disruption Debate series, where we speak to leading industry experts to discover more about disruption in</i> …

Learning
Learning

5 Cognitive Biases You Need to Put to Work ... Without Being Evil

All writing is persuasion in one form or another.<p>This is more obvious in some types of writing than others, but it is nonetheless true for all.<p>When …

10 journals every e-learning professional should read

I was delighted when Matt Guyan blogged 5 Books Every eLearning Professional Should Read in response to my 5 papers every learning professional …

Learning

How to Ignite Educators' Willingness to Change

« Are Administrators Qualified to Coach Teachers? | Main<p>Do you coach people who sleepwalk through days of teaching or leading? Are you looking for a …

Professional Development

Lifelong Learning Is Good for Your Health, Your Wallet, and Your Social Life

In 2015 Doreetha Daniels received her associate degree in social sciences from College of the Canyons, in Santa Clarita, California. But Daniels wasn’t a typical student: She was 99 years old. In the COC press release about her graduation, Daniels indicated that she wanted to get her degree simply …

Learning

Emotional Intelligence Has 12 Elements. Which Do You Need to Work On?

Esther is a well-liked manager of a small team. Kind and respectful, she is sensitive to the needs of others. She is a problem solver; she tends to see setbacks as opportunities. She’s always engaged and is a source of calm to her colleagues. Her manager feels lucky to have such an easy direct …

When You Find Your Learning Progress Slows Down, Do This One Thing To Get Back On Track

When you’re learning something, after you’ve mastered the basics, you can start to feel demoralised with it, even bored. You feel you know everything …

Learning

Hack Your Brain

<b>Hack Your Brain and Improve Brain Function</b><p>When it comes to your brain, you actually <i>can</i> teach an old dog new tricks. Once thought to be hard-wired …

The Brain

How Your Brain Makes You Hold Contradictory Beliefs

Our brains’ penchant for efficiency means they aren’t great at syncing our behaviors with our core principles in every context.<p>Admit it: You hold a few contradictory beliefs—maybe more than a few. We all do. Many of them we aren’t even aware of, and the reason we aren’t aware of them has to do with …

Psychology

How Being Bored Makes You More Creative

I’m dying of boredom,” complains the young wife, Yelena, in Chekhov’s 1897 play Uncle Vanya. “I don’t know what to do.” Of course, if Yelena were …

Creativity

On The Fast Track: 25 Ways to Learn a New Skill Quickly

Whether you plan to become fluent in a new language or finally tackle that home improvement project, picking up a new skill can seem …

Cool Stuff

How to Adopt a Culture of Continuous Learning

[3:50] <b>“Discovery work has to be seen as equal to the rest of the work.”</b><p>And so one of the simplest ways to ensure that learning and discovery is …

Learning

7 Online Learning Platforms To Level Up Your Digital Skills

In today’s world, having up-to-date skills is crucial, whether you’re searching for a job or trying to advance in your current role.<p>And let’s face …

5 Top Designers On How To Create The Ultimate PowerPoint Presentation

Slide presentations usually suck–but a good designer can turn that around. Here are four tips for selling your ideas.<p>PowerPoints are awful. Long and uninteresting, they are the corporate drone of visual media–synonymous with endless meetings, academic conferences, and corporate retreats.<p>For graphic …

Graphic Design

How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong

By replicating the lecture format, massive open online courses ignore the truly innovative developments in online learning Illustration: Gary …

Education

The amazing thing being bilingual does to your brain

Scientists have found that the benefits of being bilingual stretch much further than those commonly associated with being fluent in two languages - …

The Brain
Learning

MOOC enrollment drops at HarvardX and MITx after free certifications disappear

An internal study of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by Harvard and MIT shows a serious decline in the number of students choosing to enroll and certify via these internet-accessible classrooms. 2016 only saw around half the participants as the previous year — likely due to the …

MOOCs

Learning in the Modern Workplace is much MORE than courses and resources

Individuals learn in many ways for and at work; training or e-learning is only part of the picture as I show in the diagram below. Modern …

Learning

Grading the MOOCs

More than four years after Harvard and MIT launched the nonprofit learning platform edX, a joint research team from the two schools have released a …

MOOCs