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Universal Design Principles and Their Application in Education

2021/06/17|Categories: Articles, Erika Giraldo, Learning, Online, Society|

It is vital to fully understand that integrating accessibility principles in online learning is not an easy fix; it requires proper modelling. Furthermore, accessible instruction does not simply consist of telling professors what accessibility is and expect them to do it all on their own; it is about inclusion and the benefits it can bring to all students in a class.

Cheating, Uncertainty and Humour in The Classroom: Test Your Knowledge!

2021/06/10|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself, Uncategorized|

Do you know the most effective ways to counteract student cheating? Do you know what factors most encourage students to cheat, depending on whether they are in elementary, high school or university? Do you have an idea of the best strategy for dealing with uncertainty? Do you know how learners and teachers perceive humour in the classroom and what principles teachers should follow to make good use of it?

Democratizing Higher Education Through Online Course Delivery

2021/06/02|Categories: Articles, Josh Quirion, Learning, Online, Society|

Higher education is a luxury that’s not available to everyone, or, at least, it is a luxury that is more available to some than others. And although financial limitation is certainly an inhibitor, it is not the only one. Think, for example, of the cultural acclimation an international student might experience if they were to relocate to, say, Montreal for their post-secondary studies.

3 Ages of the Brain Under the Microscope of Neuroscience

2021/05/27|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Neuroscience|

Over the last few decades, neuroscience has begun to confirm or refute certain hypotheses we had about how the brain works, in addition to leading us down new paths of knowledge. Given the complexity of this fascinating organ, we are only at the beginning of this promising exploration. However, thanks to brain imaging, we know a little more about some of its particularities at different stages of life and their links with learning.

Are You Languishing or Flowing?

2021/05/19|Categories: Alexandra Beauchemin, Articles, Learning, Society|

The recent publication of a New York Times article brought a bit more light into this well-known feeling that lingers through some of these days: Languishing. According to the author Adam Grant, "languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you're muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021."

Mastering skills in 3 steps

2021/05/12|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Observing our peers is not only our first mode of learning, but it remains one of the most effective even in adulthood. In the social-cognitive theory of psychologist Albert Bandura, this process at the basis of human development and behaviour is called "modelling" or vicarious experience. Three steps have been identified as essential for obtaining optimal results.

Tips for Better Learning: Test Your Knowledge!

2021/05/05|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Do you know the best tips for taking notes or the most common myths about learning? Do you know Elmore's four modes of learning that correspond to our personal theories on the subject and influence the way we learn? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Modeling or Learning Through Observation

2021/04/28|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

"Modeling" consists of learning by observing, not simply to imitate one's model, but to go beyond it by interpreting and using the observed behaviours in a personal way. Also called "vicarious experience," this process is the basis of human development and behaviour, according to the psychologist Albert Bandura who brought it to light.

The Online Teacher

2021/04/21|Categories: Articles, Josh Quirion, Learning, Online|

What does it mean to be an online teacher? How is a virtual classroom different from an in-person classroom? Are online teachers and in-person teachers the same people? Online teachers possess specific skills and competencies that allow their knowledge to translate effectively from a physical classroom to a digital one.

At the very heart of the feeling of personal effectiveness

2021/04/14|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Do you think you can find the motivation and perseverance to achieve a goal if you are not convinced you can? According to the self-efficacy theory of the eminent Canadian psychologist Albert Bandura, pioneer of the social-cognitivist movement, if you have little confidence in your abilities, your chances of achieving your goals are slim.

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