Academy Thoughts

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

Workplace Learning Falls Short of Its Potential

Walk down any city block, and chances are high you’ll see at least one person looking down at their phone. In fact, it’s a certainty.<p>Technology has …

Learning

Minimum Effective Dose of Learning - Sam Rogers

Maximum benefit, minimum side effects, costs, etc.<p>When it comes to business, the more time employees spend working — the better!<p>As those of us in …

Learning

Cinnamon adds some spice to learning

If you have trouble learning, you might want to try eating more cinnamon. That's according to new research from Dr. Kalipada Pahan, a neuroscientist …

Learning

70:20:10 – Experience, Exposure and Education - e-Learning Feeds

How do we learn? When do we learn? And why? Why do organisations need their people to learn? And what do they want them to learn? Where? How often? …

Duolingo’s new flashcard app makes learning any subject fun — even math

It can be difficult to learn new things, whether it be a new language, math, or how to use a certain new technology. Of course, there are many great …

Learning

Does Gamification Education Really Improve Learning?

It seems that every app you come across these days integrates gamification to some level. And that’s fine for fitness trackers or personal finance …

Gamification

The future can be scary — here's how one futurist recommends dealing with it

The world is changing fast — and while change can be exhilarating, it can also be frightening. That's particularly true if you don't get the chance to try out new technology very often.<p>In 2013, more than 15% of American households didn't have a computer and more than 25% didn't have internet. Those …

Big Ideas

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

Life Sciences

People Who Learn Faster Have These 2 Characteristics

There are many types of intelligence, from emotional to bodily-kinesthetic, linguistics, and beyond. There are also just as many learning techniques. …

Learning

Follow the 70-20-10 Model to Train Your Employees

Today’s rapidly evolving workplace requires employees to constantly upgrade their skills. They must be equipped to find knowledge quickly, be proficient with technology and be able to interact and collaborate using a variety of communication tools.<p>Forward-thinking training initiatives can help …

Employment

Leadership Development: What Makes A Great Learning Manager?

Learning Manager. Talent Development Director. Human Resources Manager. No matter what your job title, it’s safe to say your responsibilities—and …

Leadership

Nuts and Bolts: What Is “Good” eLearning, Anyway? by Jane Bozarth

The other day a friend sent a video-based eLearning program he’d found online somewhere. It was “how to cook a hamburger,” produced by a well-known …

e-Learning

It’s Finally Time To Stop Correcting People’s Grammar, Linguist Says

"Language -- which all human societies have in immense grammatical complexity -- is far more interesting than pedantry."<p>True rage -- the kind that results in personal jabs and expletive spews -- seems only to arise from a handful of topics. Most are maddening because they pertain to complex issues, …

Grammar

Why Constant Learners All Embrace The 5-Hour Rule

Benjamin Franklin did this one hour a day, 5 hours a week. Why you should do it too.<p>At the age of 10, Benjamin Franklin left formal schooling to become an apprentice to his father. As a teenager, he showed no particular talent or aptitude aside from his love of books.<p>When he died a little over half …

Bill Gates

Civilization is heading to the classroom with new educational edition (update)

It almost makes you want to go back to high school<p>2K and GlassLab Games are partnering for <i>CivilizationEdu</i>, a version of the popular turn-based strategy games made directly for the high school classroom. Sid Meier, creator of the Civilization franchise, announced the news at this year's Games for …

Learning

When Tech Meets Project Based Learning

Almost 20 years ago, when Paul Curtis was a social studies teacher at the just-opened New Technology High School in Napa, Calif., there wasn’t much …

Learning

Why do online courses from top universities like MIT and Harvard fail?

Not everyone can get through big universities like MIT, Harvard, Columbia.. But everyone can easily take up an online course designed and taught by …

Harvard

5 Simple Tricks to Remember Everything You Learn

The secret to successful learning is making memories stick. Here's how you can do it more effectively.<p>From where you parked your car to the password for your Facebook account, the sheer number of things you have to remember each day is pretty astounding.<p>So if you are having trouble keeping some of …

Learning

How understanding the brain affects learning potential

Parents of GCSE and A-level students taking their exams this month will know how important encouragement is. But they might be surprised to learn that how we understand the brain can affect academic success.<p>Psychology professor Carol Dweck gave two groups of schoolchildren a whole-day tutorial on …

Learning

Redefining Education to Include More Meaningful Critical Thinking

In a recent professional development session with a small group of teachers, our conversation evolved into deeply philosophical questions surrounding the purpose of education. One experienced teacher expressed dissatisfaction in teaching now that so much importance is placed on passing standardized …

Teaching

The Way We Learn Today Is Just Wrong

Over 155 million Americans play video games, and spend upwards of 3 billion hours per week engrossed in a game.<p>The way we learn today is just wrong.<p>Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like… Angry Birds.<p>Half of school dropouts name boredom as the No. 1 reason they left.<p>How do we …

Artificial Intelligence

Comment on This Is the Tech That Will Make Learning as Addictive as Video Games by Panpiper

“How do we get our kids to want to learn?”Not to dis this technology, but the way we get kids to want to learn is to simply ‘stop’ doing the …

Gaming

Training Needs Assessment Needs Assessment Certificate

ATD’s Core 4 Conference focuses on the most crucial, practical, and fundamental topics needed to effectively develop learners. This two-day event …

Think Less, Think Better

A FRIEND of mine has a bad habit of narrating his experiences as they are taking place. I tease him for being a bystander in his own life. To be fair, we all fail to experience life to the fullest. Typically, our minds are too occupied with thoughts to allow complete immersion even in what is right …

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

Amidst the discussions about content standards, curriculum and teaching strategies, it’s easy to lose sight of the big goals behind education, like …

Learning

Responsive versus adaptive content in e-learning - e-Learning Feeds

<b>Everything we produce at gomo is both responsive and adaptive to provide the best user experience possible whilst maintaining the quality of the</b> …

What Makes a Good Instructional Designer?

Somehow or the other, this question cropped up in the course of a conversation recently. So we asked our team of instructional designers what they …

14 Tech Tools to Enhance Project-Based Learning

Many of these tools can be used to help facilitate PBL and to best meet the needs of students working on projects.<p>At the Buck Institute for Education …

Learning

How This Startup Is Revolutionizing Employee Learning

Axonify is bringing brain science, adaptive learning, gamification, and microlearning to corporate learning.<p>Carol Leaman is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Axonify. Having turned down a role at Google, she proudly declared that the secret to her success is walking away from the easy route. …

Startups