“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.
- 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.
- The brain is a highly dynamic organ. Neuroplasticity means that the brain can grow new neurons and adapt to new situations at any age.
- 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
“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
“Where processing overload is a barrier to learning, relational trust issues are likely to be present too.” Mark Burns
In an article by Mark Burns titled “Learning at Work: the three barriers that limit learning potential,” he identifies those barriers as: processing overload, low relational trust and inaccurate self-perception.
He writes that processing overload is characterized by a feeling that there just isn’t the time or energy for learning. This is may be due to information overload at work or in the training program that strains the employees’ capacity to take in more content.
He recommends identifying and eliminating work responsibilities that bring no value to teams. He also recommends designing training in a manner cognizant of … Read the rest
“Who questions much will learn much and retain much.” Francis Bacon
Learning isn’t static and our learning needs change throughout a day. Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredson have identified what they term The Five Moments of NeedTM :
- New: learning something for the first time
- More: expanding on what has been learned
- Apply: acting upon what has been learned
- Solve: using knowledge to solve a problem in a situation when something didn’t work out as expected
- Change: learning a new way of doing something
A Blended Learning to Address the Five Moments of Need Infographic suggests the following:
Learning for the first time (New) – GOAL: Teaching something new
- Instructor-led classroom sessions bring an immediacy to the table, making
“You must have confidence in your competence.” Elijah Cummings
I have known about the different levels of competence but never looked at them from the standpoint of what the learner needs at each level. Mary Hoddy introduced me to the Conscious Competence Model. She cites “Learning a New Skill is Easier Said Than Done,” by Linda Adams and the Conscious Competence Model developed by Noel Burch of Gordon Training International.
We experience different emotions at different stages of the learning process. The Conscious Competence Model highlights two factors that affect our thinking as we learn a new skill: consciousness (awareness) and … Read the rest
“I never do anything I don’t want to do. Nor does anyone, but in my case I am always aware of it.” Robert A. Heinlein
I’ve just read two interesting articles about motivation and volition. In the first article, Susan Fowler claims that there are three scientific truths of motivation. They have nothing to do with power, money, status or achievement.
Instead, she writes that “your high-quality motivation- and the energy to achieve your goals and find meaning in their pursuit- depends on creating choice, connection and competence.”
She says that we all want to thrive (do well and flourish) and thriving requires choice, connection and competence.
Ms. Fowler believes that the evidence is obvious:
Choice is necessary because … Read the rest