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
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
John and Jane are sort of friends of ours. Their names have been changed to protect the innocent – literally innocent – but anyone who knows us will know who they are. John called me one day and asked if I could come over to his place to help him with something. I barely knew … Continue reading Will ‘Not knowing What You Don’t Know’ Hurt You?
Knowing what you know has been one of the ways that metacognition has been described. Having done some research in the area, I believe that knowing what you know is the foundation of metacognition. If you don’t know what you know, then how do you know what you don’t know. Metacognition is difficult to learn … Continue reading Knowing What you Know
I have written a couple of times about the link between higher order thinking skills and moral development but a recent comment on another article has prompted me to visit the subject again The comment was that empathy is needed alongside higher order thinking skills in order for us to make the world a better … Continue reading Metacognition and Empathy
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?
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
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?
I am going to write about lectures again, with the bulk of the writing coming from an article I published about a year ago. 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 … Continue reading Lecturing (Again)
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 … Continue reading Thinking in Business