Easy Access Information Explosion

Education has a historical anomaly that has clung to the system a long time after it has been necessary. This is the case, especially in the last 20 years. Academics simply have no precedents to look to in order to figure out what to do. Digitization has truly changed the world. However, higher education has … Continue reading Easy Access Information Explosion

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Harnessing our Problem Solving Abilities

Critical thinking is the most powerful problem-solving tool in existence. Not the kind of problem that can be coded with an algorithm, but a complex problem that involves thinking. How do we develop the skill of critical thinking? Critical thinking is not a single skill but a collection of skills that allow someone to figure … Continue reading Harnessing our Problem Solving Abilities

Have We Washed the Annoying Tokens of our Broken Society from Our Hands?

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 … Continue reading Have We Washed the Annoying Tokens of our Broken Society from Our Hands?

What you need to learn to technology-proof your future

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. … Continue reading What you need to learn to technology-proof your future

Why is education not designed for us to remember things?

I watched a video of a talk given by Roger Shank in 2010 and picked up a good idea for this article. He asked a large audience at a conference something like, “How many of you can give me the quadratic equation?” Nobody put their hand up and then he said, “But you learned it. … Continue reading Why is education not designed for us to remember things?