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What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building

Parents, teachers, politicians and researchers tirelessly warn today's youths about the unforgiving job market that awaits them. If they want to succeed in tomorrow's economy, they can't just coast through school. They have to soak up precious knowledge like a sponge. But even as adulthood …

Subpar

The 7 Pillars of Classroom Wisdom for Lifelong Learning

Your classroom is your temple of learning, and within its walls sage classroom wisdom abounds. In this haven, your young pupils learn the paths of …

Education Technology

The Dilemmas of Change in the Assessment Culture

Guest blog by Azima Thakor<p>When administrators need to and changes that affect culture, they need and should weigh all factors related to and …

Pedagogy

Can blockchain democratize education? This startup seems to think so

Without much fanfare, recent advances in technology have helped provide quality education to people across the world. Cloud applications helped us create classrooms that defy geographical barriers and span across thousands of miles. Artificial intelligence and machine learning helped make up for …

Blockchain

Did you know Books is on Instagram?

The L.A. Times Books section can now be found on Instagram, and it’s more than just #shelfies (gorgeous photos of bookshelves) — it’s a place for us to share images that illuminate the world of books. Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg sent me a few questions about @latimesbooks’ Instagram and what …

Books

Book Mugs Are for the Ultimate Book Lovers - Riveted

Peanut butter and jelly. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Snowy days and hot chocolate. Some things that just go well together, like reading a great …

Books

Garbage collectors open a public library with discarded books

In Ankara, Turkey, one person's trash is literally another's treasure. Garbage collectors started saving books once destined for the landfill and …

Books

Pick up a trunkful of hardcover Harry Potter books in dust jackets designed for each house at Hogwarts

Juniper Books has designed a set of Harry Potter books with special book jacket designs created for each of the houses at Hogwarts. The books in our …

Books

'The difficulty is the point': teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in<p>I’ve recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer …

The impact of self-learning software now and in the foreseeable future

We’ve spent so long wringing our hands and worrying about artificial and virtual intelligence that we forgot to roll out the welcome mat when they finally arrived.<p>Now, when major tech companies give their annual keynotes, they can’t help but pepper the narrative with phrases like “machine …

Artificial Intelligence

Education technology meets its limits

This week has been a good one for those who like to talk about the limits of technology. Over in the UK, a prankster managed to fool Trip Advisor into naming his shed the #1 ranked restaurant in London. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a city struggling to manage several wind-fueled wildfires, the …

5-Hour Rule: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

<b>“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero.”</b><i><br>— Charlie Munger,</i> …

Our education systems must focus on developing underlying human capabilities, not just knowledge and skills

It is absolutely clear that better, broader education will be essential in creating a positive future of work. However we still need to work out …

Education

15 Quotes to Inspire You to Never Stop Learning

More than a decade of structured education gives us a blueprint to build a pretty good life. You’ve probably learned so many valuable things along …

Motivation
Books

Help Employees Create Knowledge — Not Just Share It

Many leaders see organizational learning simply as sharing existing knowledge. This isn’t surprising given that this is the primary focus of educational institutions, training programs, and leadership development courses. It’s the “sage on the stage” model, in which an expert shares what they know …

Don’t create a sense of urgency, foster a sense of purpose.

<b>Trying to create a sense of urgency almost always backfires.</b><p>I lead software teams. Part of the territory is people (CEOs, stakeholders, customers) …

Applying heutagogy in online education: Designing for self-determined learning

Heutagogy, or the study of self-determined learning, has been gaining interest within the field of education as a learner-centered theory that can help nurture lifelong learning skills and develop learners who are able to quickly adapt to rapidly changing and complex workplace environments. Built …

Pedagogy

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

There are still many disagreements about how to improve the education system so that children graduate with the skills and dispositions they will …

Pedagogy

Neuroeducation Will Lead to Big Breakthroughs in Learning

In recent decades we’ve seen the rise of an emerging interdisciplinary field that brings together neuroscientists and educators. As technologies like …

Pedagogy
Learning

Behavioral economics has a plan to fight poverty—and it’s all about redesigning the “cockpit”

Dr. Bryan Bledsoe was just trying to keep up. The ER at the small rural hospital was always packed and the top brass had urged him to move patients through more quickly, so when a woman in her sixties came in complaining of head and neck pain, he briskly examined her, hustled her off for an x-ray, …

Richard Thaler

Professors Have Taken Over the MOOCs

How open online learning is changing.

Higher Education

This Company Wants to Help You Hire for Skills, Not Credentials

The CEO of Degreed thinks answering the question “tell me about your education” with “I went to Wesleyan in 1997” is as absurd as answering the …

Northeastern University

A 2×2 Matrix to Help You Prioritize the Skills to Learn Right Now

So much to learn, so little time.<p>The world is bursting with learning. There are several million business books, 3,000 TED talks, 10,000 MOOCs, hundreds of thousands of e-learning courses, and millions of self-published articles on platforms such as LinkedIn and Medium. The article you’re reading …

A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

The Marginal Obsession with Marginalia

“In getting my books,” Edgar Allan Poe wrote in 1844, “I have always been solicitous of an ample margin; this is not so much through any love of the thing in itself, however agreeable, as for the facility it affords me of penciling in suggested thoughts, agreements, and differences of opinion, or …

Authors

Self-University Week / AUTODIDACTIC PRESS - lifelong learning advocate

<b>Self-University Week</b> <b><br>September 1-7</b><p>Autodidactic Press has sponsored <b>Self-University Week</b> since 1989. It is our intention to continually expand this …

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional books<p>A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research …