Academy Thoughts

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

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

This is a re-post of an article by Cal Wick of Fort Hill. The original is on the 70-20 Blog site. There are a few observations from me at the …

3 Ways to Use MOOCs to Advance Your Career

The vast majority of people who sign up for a MOOC—a massive open online course—never complete it. More than 50% consume less than half of the course’s content. This is wrongly viewed as evidence that MOOCs don’t work, that people are dropping off and not getting value. The assumption behind that …

Employment

In depth: Take a step inside the classroom of tomorrow

Inside the classroom of tomorrowWhen you cast your mind back to the days of school, you probably think of dusty textbooks, graffiti and chewing gum, …

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

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

The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

Who can resist the romanticism of self-taught achievers? They didn't need school. They didn't need "the system." They needed only their passion and …

Teaching

Science Explains: How Successful People Learn

Successful people never stop learning.<p>Most people are inherently inquisitive. I spend a lot of time talking with our team about the value of curiosity. But over time, we can become set in our ways. Sometimes it seems easier to shrug off a new concept or task that appears difficult than to invest …

Human Resources

Here’s What Music Does to Your Brain

Many people enjoy listening to the radio while they continue with their work tasks. Whether its a truck driver listening as they travel, or an office …

The Brain

3 Things You Know About Your Brain That Are Wrong, According to Science

Neuroscience has disproved much of the 'common knowledge' about the brain.<p>How well do you know your brain? Maybe not as well as you think. According to a new piece on the science and health site Vox, many of the commonly accepted "facts" about the human brain are pure hokum. These are three of …

Science

If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything

You need to speak in public, but your knees buckle even before you reach the podium. You want to expand your network, but you’d rather swallow nails than make small talk with strangers. Speaking up in meetings would further your reputation at work, but you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. …

Public Speaking

Social Board Games Keep Your Brain Sharp

Making your friends hand over their resources to you in <i>Settlers in Catan</i> or revealing yourself to be a Cylon in <i>Battlestar Galactica</i> isn’t just …

The Antidote to Our Anxious Times Is a Learning Mindset

Through the election-season upheaval in the U.S. and the Brexit vote in the UK, working-class people are making it clear that they’re worried about the future. And in one big way, their anxiety is justified. Many of their job options — factory work, farm work, postal work, sales work — are …

Learning

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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 1 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 a …

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 throughbig universitieslikeMIT,Harvard, Columbia.. But everyone can easily take up an online course designed and taught by the …

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