There was a guy who lived in my dorm in college who spent a lot of time talking about how much he studied. Since his grades weren’t very high we used to joke that he spent more time talking about studying than actually studying. But, giving him the benefit of the doubt and assuming he … Continue reading Are Your Learners Cognitively Passive or Cognitively Active?
I spent 20 years as CEO of a testing company so I had lots of opportunity to get a very good sense of how our corporate clients were using testing within their training programs. Of the millions of tests that were delivered on our platform virtually 100% were Summative Assessments. For those not familiar with … Continue reading Can Testing Contribute to Higher Grades?
A week or so ago in his column in the NY Times David Brooks mentioned recent research on the differences between how we read on screen versus how we read on paper (here). This got me thinking about what this means for learning. With so many of our courses having transitioned from print to eLearning over … Continue reading eLearning vs. Print: Is there a difference in learning?
Are you an early morning person or a night owl? Did you know that measures of intelligence correlate with which one you are? There is a large body of research literature showing a correlation between chronotype (morningness-eveningness) and intelligence. Here’s a recent one: That’s right. Night owls consistently outperform early morning people on tests of … Continue reading Early Morning People, Night Owls and Intelligence
Sadly, it is often the case that what we know and what we do are not the same. What We Know Two well-researched facts we know that help students learn: When students actively engage with the learning material they retain more of the material (usually called, not surprisingly, active learning). To avoid overloading working memory … Continue reading When It Comes to Teaching, Knowing and Doing are Not Always the Same
Last week I wrote that teaching is also a powerful learning experience for the teacher and that you can use this fact to help your learners by encouraging them to use the process known as self-explanation: Anyone who has ever taught can relate to this. To figure out how best to explain something to someone … Continue reading Teaching to Learn
I was a physics major in college. During my junior year I took a course in electromagnetic theory (E&M). To say it was difficult would be an understatement. The professor seemed so smart and I seemed so, well… not so smart. I remember talking to my professor one day after class and he said something … Continue reading Encouraging Self-Explanation Among Your Learners
In an earlier post I took a jab at common sense. Who can possibly be against common sense? Well, as I pointed out, common sense has its limits. Sitting in my office looking out the window and using my commons sense, it is obvious to me that the world is flat and the sun rotates … Continue reading Stop the Music!
Very few of us work as individuals. For the most part we work as a part of formal or informal teams, with team members often changing based upon the particular task or project. Have you ever noticed that some teams work better than others? That some teams seem to solve problems more quickly and get … Continue reading Why Do Some Work Teams Outperform Other Teams?
In my last blog post, while discussing the benefits of closing your eyes while thinking, I mentioned cognitive load theory. Closing your eyes in order to think may or may not have legs (pun intended) as a learning technique, but cognitive load theory is HUGELY important to learning and the design of instruction. If you … Continue reading Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design