We live in the digital revolution and small acts of kindness land huge in this cruel world. Every single celebrity is not doing enough. They can do good things at the same time as helping their personal brands and leaving a great impact on society.
The Science of Learning is a compilation of the principles that underlie exactly what we know about how people learn. This includes the application of that knowledge to formal learning experiences – classrooms and such. Although important for general learning, the real need that I have tended to focus on for the past year is learning higher-order thinking skills.
Trend predictions can be frustrating with many being no more than a review of a few blogs and tech announcements followed by some spurious guesses. In the worst cases trends aren’t contextualised and little effort is given to sizing them or assessing their rate of travel.
When we go to an educational institution we expect to learn something useful. The primary goal for over 80% of the students who entered higher education last year was to get a degree that would get them a good job. From their perspective, a degree is something useful because it leads to a better job.
Christensen’s disruptive innovation theories have been around for about a decade now and we continue to see it played out in institution after institution that insists on business as usual methods of doing business. It is sad when an established firm goes out of business and everyone outside the organization can see it coming, but those within insist that everything that they are doing is just fine. It has worked for years. Why fix something that isn’t broken.
The corporate world has received an important message: people are stressed out. More and more, statistics show a troubling decline in employee productivity and – what is even more worrying – a decrease in professional satisfaction.
As methods of teaching go, lectures are the most widely used (80 - 90%) method of teaching in higher education today with about the least amount of effectiveness of any form of teaching.