Month: October 2017

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Critical Thinking and Content, Content, Content

I wrote a piece about critical thinking last week, and when I read over the comments, I see a backlash against teaching higher order thinking skills because the students need “FACTS” both in order to learn how to think critically and to survive out…

Automation – Future Proofing Careers

Automation is real. It is here to stay. Jobs will be lost. Careers will disappear. People are fearful, if not for their own occupation, for someone close to him or her. Interestingly, only 7% feel that their own job will be effected. In addition,…

Critical Thinking

Ninety-nine percent of teachers and professors list critical thinking as one of the most important skills that students should have or need to acquire before they leave college or university. That is pretty well all. In fact, I wonder who the 1% might be…

Deep and Surface Learning

Over the years we have heard of cognitive scientists talk about the distinction between deep and surface learning. Deep learning has been associated with understanding, meaning, and intrinsic motivation. Surface learning is identified by shallow memorization, the use of episodic memory to get through…

What does Non-Mastery Mean

When we measure learning, we can measure it in two fundamental ways. Is the learner able to recall/demonstrate understanding/synthesize/critically evaluate – whatever – to a pre-set standard before the learning is finished (mastery), or is the learning graded (as in a gradient) and declared finished?…

Why I Love Teaching the way I do

Here, published in full, is the work of one of my students. Read it and enjoy (here is the link to the original article by Cassidy Griffith). Keep in mind that these students produce articles every week. You can see why I love my marking as…

Where to Tomorrow?

When we are faced with a disruptive technology or a paradigm shift, as we are today in HE, Christensen has demonstrated that it is difficult for established institutions to adapt to the changes, and many of them fail as a result. I think that the magnitude of the…

I Can’t Get My Students to Read

This is heard often from professors at every level. Students just won’t read or write anymore. They are right. Students just won’t read or write anymore. In addition, they don’t study anymore either. The data show that this is true! Students, for the most…

Neuromyths and Education

Over the years, neuroscience has made spectacular leaps forward in finding out how the brain functions and effects behavior. With a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience, I have been a first-hand witness to this remarkable growth and age of discovery. After a number of years…

Why is Discussion the Best Method of Teaching

Peer discussion, with moderate input from a professor, is the best form of teaching there is. There are several reasons that I will go over. The first is the basic information transmission, retention, and recall. When information is taken in it becomes knowledge. Knowledge…

Different Ways of Learning

As I work to disseminate and teach the principles of The Science of Learning, I find myself continually faced with the statement “yes, but everyone learns differently.” I know that this is one of the foundational stones of the current educational world, but where…