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Learning: Actively Recalling Information from Memory Beats Elaborate Study Methods

ScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2011) — Put down those science books and work at recalling information from memory. That's the shorthand take away message of new research from Purdue University that says practicing memory retrieval boosts science learning far better than elaborate study methods. "Our view is that learning is not about studying or getting knowledge 'in memory,'" said Purdue psychology professor Jeffrey Karpicke, the lead investigator for the study that appears January 20 in the journal Science. "Learning is about retrieving.

Give Participants Time to Talk

It is a common error, and one that I made early in my career. Because bringing participants together is so costly to the company, and because it happens so infrequently, there is a natural tendency to cram as much information as possible into the available time.

Creating Engaging Meetings Using Visual Language by Midcourse Corrections

We know people get a lot more accomplished when they can collaborate and work together.

Yet most conferences make attendees sit passively in sessions. Or they are forced to connect in a speed networking session. Rarely do we tap into the brain wealth of attendees and allow them to collaborate.

Likewise, often conference attendees retreat into intolerant positions of non-listening. In today’s world of complex challenges, we long for over simplistic explanations that will solve our problems.

Top creativity Tips to Think Outside the Box by Midcourse Corrections

Ever been stuck and feel like you can’t get out of your box?

Maybe even backed into a corner? I have. And I suspect you have too.

Routine Thinking Leads To Being Stuck

I believe that often we do the same thing so much that we can’t see another way of proceeding.

Our minds really don’t like to think. It defaults to a mental path we’ve created over and over again. It takes less energy and mental work to follow the same path or process.

From Boring To Beneficial Conference Education

Let’s face it. Most conference education is yawn-stirring, sleepy-eyed, ho-hum, day-old soggy Melba-toast tasting boring.

It makes root-canals seem fun!

Regardless, the human brain loves to learn.

In spite of our age, culture, gender and race, our brains are designed to always be on the prowl for new things to discover and experience. The brain is genetically programmed to learn. It’s in our DNA.
Our brains love to learn!

Most Organizations Are Victims To Pedagogy – Instructor-Centered Education

Most organizations use an outdated model to provide education to its customers and team.
They are victims to instructor-centered or expert-centered education.

They follow a pedagogic model of education. Unfortunately, this greatly hinders active inquiry which is the basis for learning.

Pedagogy: Instructor-Focused Education

Pedagogy literally means the art and science of educating children. It is often used as a synonym for teaching.

Our Ability To Learn Has Deep Roots In Our Ability To Talk To Others

Listening is often the only thing attendees do in formal learning environments.

Speakers talk. Audiences listen.

They listen to keynote speakers at conferences. They listen to presenters in workshops.
They listen to industry speakers in education sessions. They listen to staff in HR trainings.

The truth is that all that listening amounts to very little learning or change in attitudes, behaviors and skills.

Talking Is More Important Than Listening

Attributes Of Effective Learning Strategies

The Meal Needs More Than Just The Right Ingredients
 
I do believe in sound ingredients that can be combined and recombined in many ways to create a simple or elegant meal. The difference in the meal is not usually grounded in the ingredients. It’s usually in the specific combinations used as well as the experience and sophistication of the chef.
Sometimes these ingredients can make flaky biscuits.

Learning: Stressed People Use Different Strategies and Brain Regions

Stressed and non-stressed people use different brain regions and different strategies when learning.

This has been reported by the cognitive psychologists PD Dr. Lars Schwabe and Professor Oliver Wolf from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Moving Towards More Peeragogy Learning Experiences For Conferences And Associations

(Jeff Hurt)
What if at your next education experience, the speaker gave all the expert-power to the audience?

What if the participants were empowered to take more control of their learning, collaboration and dialogue? It’s happening in secondary schools, colleges, universities and some education experiences across the globe. It’s peeragogy or paragogy, also known as peer-based learning.

Defining Peeragogy

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