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Tip #808: Fact or Fiction? Student Evaluations are Wrong

On February 3, 2020, Posted by , In learning, With Comments Off on Tip #808: Fact or Fiction? Student Evaluations are Wrong

Study after study shows that student evaluations seem to be completely uncorrelated with actual learning.” Louis Deslauriers

Fact. A Harvard study confirms what many other studies have shown: students’ perceptions of their learning do not match how well or how much they are actually learning.

I’ve seen this over and over again. Students give an excellent storytelling lecturer glowing evaluations because they’ve been highly entertained and engaged. They end up leaving the class wishing they knew what the lecturer knew. They do not leave the class sure of their own new knowledge and abilities.

May your learning be sweet.

Deborah… Read the rest

Tip #806: Fact or Fiction? Generational Differences Should Impact Training

On January 20, 2020, Posted by , In learning, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #806: Fact or Fiction? Generational Differences Should Impact Training

There is almost no relationship between age and preferred modality, and the order in which each generational group ranks delivery methods is nearly identical.” Amy DuVernet and Taryn Oesch

Fiction. The research conducted by Amy DuVernet and Taryn Oesch with Training Industry, Inc. has found that learner preferences do not differ across generations.

Everyone values and benefits from participatory skill-building training programs that respect the learners’ expertise and time, are highly interactive, use a variety of engaging training techniques, provide good practical content they can use immediately, and offer sufficient practice to strengthen their new skills.

May your learning be sweet.

Deborah… Read the rest

Tip #800: Seven Profiles of Agile Learners

On November 25, 2019, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #800: Seven Profiles of Agile Learners

“Learning agility: knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.” Hallenbeck, Swisher and Orr

The following information is drawn directly from “Seven faces of learning agility” written by George Hallenbeck, Vicki Swisher and J. Evelyn Orr.

Agile Learner Qualities

Learning agility is the ability and willingness to learn from experience and then apply that learning to perform successfully in new situations.

People who are learning agile:

  • Seek out experiences to learn from.
  • Enjoy complex problems and challenges associated with new experiences.
  • Get more out of those experiences because they have an interest in making sense of them.
  • Perform better because they incorporate new skills into their repertoire.

Seven Profiles

Recent research by Korn/Ferry International has determined … Read the rest

Tip #799: How to Be an Agile Learner

On November 18, 2019, Posted by , In learning, By , With Comments Off on Tip #799: How to Be an Agile Learner

“Ultimately, our ability to continuously learn and adapt will determine the extent to which we thrive in today’s turbulent times.” Adam Mitchinson and Robert Morris

When I first heard about agile learners, I thought they just learned more quickly than other learners. However, my research reveals that agile learners have many more qualities that are increasingly necessary in this volatile, uncertain, changing and ambiguous world.

Definition of Agile Learner

One source defines learning agility as “the ability and willingness to learn from all kinds of experience and use those lessons to perform effectively in new and different situations…an individual’s adaptability in learning new ways of coping with unforeseen problems and opportunities.”

A White Paper written by Adam Mitchinson and … Read the rest

Tip #797:  Learning Science Breakthroughs

On November 4, 2019, Posted by , In brain research,learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #797:  Learning Science Breakthroughs

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” Tony Buzan

According to Amanda Moritz-Saladino, in an article most recently revised in 2017, there have been at least ten big breakthroughs in the science of learning.

  1. More information doesn’t mean more learning. The brain can get overloaded, so, to avoid that, we can chunk information, build on positive transfer and eliminate non-essential information.
  2. The brain is a highly dynamic organ. Neuroplasticity means that the brain can grow new neurons and adapt to new situations at any age.
  3. Emotion influences the ability to learn. Uncomfortable or stressful learning environments should be avoided because they generate negative emotions, causing the limbic system to shut off access to learning and
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Tip #796: Make Remembering Easy

On October 28, 2019, Posted by , In learning, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #796: Make Remembering Easy

“Sometimes you just need words on a page to memorize.” Thomas Middleditch

If you have a memory intensive subject you want to learn, like languages or law, and you have a lot of things that you need to keep in memory, there apparently are space repetition systems. A popular one is the free open source one named Anki (which means memorization in Japanese).

This is essentially a flash card management software you can use to turn your knowledge, the questions that you want to retrieve, into flashcards. Anki will set up an algorithm to schedule in the future times to review that information so that you will ensure that you don’t forget it, and you can maintain that knowledge over … Read the rest