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Humor in the classroom: 8 tips to take seriously

2020/11/19|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

Students generally appreciate teachers who skilfully use humour in the classroom more than those who do not. Although it is difficult to assess the pedagogical effectiveness of this form of humour, studies tell us that humour helps to create an atmosphere conducive to learning, attracts the attention of learners, stimulates their creativity and motivation, and may even promote their retention of information.

Education for the 21st Century: Test your knowledge!

2020/11/12|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

Do you know how the digital revolution, including artificial intelligence, is transforming our world? Do you know which skills have the most potential for the future job market? Do you know what principles education must be based on to ensure that our youth are equipped as citizens and workers of tomorrow? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Our relationship to learning: Test your knowledge!

2020/11/04|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

Do you know what influences our relationship to learning and in what way? Can you tell if our emotions and our perception of learning play a significant role in the acquisition of new knowledge? Do you know the strategies that lead to in-depth learning? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Learning Mechanisms: Test Your Knowledge!

2020/10/22|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

Are you aware of the latest findings in neuroscience regarding our learning mechanisms? Do you know the benefits of empathy pedagogy? Do you know that teachers need to be particularly wary of certain cognitive biases? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Collaborative learning in 3 questions

2020/10/14|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

Our interactions with our peers are often prolific opportunities to learn, and this is even more valid when they are done in a collaborative mode. That's why it's a good idea to integrate "collaborative" learning into the range of pedagogical approaches, a model that is particularly suitable for adult learners and that can also be adapted to online training. Let's demystify it in 3 questions.

Mini Glossary of the Flexibility of eLearning

2020/10/08|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

Flexibility is one of the greatest assets of eLearning. It allows the learners to choose the place and, in asynchronous mode, the time that suits them to advance in their learning path. That said, eLearning offers other forms of flexibility that are less known. Here is a mini glossary that might help you understand them better!

Mini Glossary of the Social Dimension of Learning

2020/09/30|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

On any learning path, part of the journey is done alone. However, the presence of others will be an unavoidable factor, whether it is to guide or motivate us. In addition, we are constantly learning informally in our multiple social contacts.

Online training in empathic mode

2020/09/24|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

For most of us, empathy evokes the ability to put ourselves in the other person's shoes, to try to understand what the other is going through. This important component of interpersonal relationships is sometimes confused with sympathy, compassion or altruism, but it can also be related to these concepts.

7 strategies for in-depth learning

2020/09/10|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

We owe the notions of surface and in-depth learning to Ference Marton and Roger Säljö, two Swedish researchers from the field of psychology. They were the first to find that the adoption of in-depth learning strategies was associated with a higher level of student success than so-called "surface" learning. Here are seven strategies that are essential for in-depth learning.

Making Good Use of the Eisenhower Matrix

2020/09/02|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

"What is important is rarely urgent, and what is urgent is rarely important." These are the words of the 34th President of the United States, who is said to have created the famous matrix that bears his name. This time and priority management tool is particularly appreciated for its ease of use and versatility. Like any tool of its kind, it is not perfect, but a few tips can help you get the most out of it!

3 cognitive biases to know in education

2020/08/27|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

In a previous article, we discussed the Pygmalion effect, a cognitive bias that can interfere with the teacher-learner relationship and have significant effects on learning. However, of the 250 or so cognitive biases known to date, it is not the only one that deserves special attention in education. Here are three other formidable ones: the bias blind spot, the halo effect and the curse of knowledge.

Where Does Our Conception of Learning Come From?

2020/08/12|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

The way we perceive the learning process influences the way we approach learning tasks and thus the quality of our learning outcomes. As we saw in a previous article, adults face six different conceptions of the learning process.

The Learning Process: 6 Conceptions

2020/08/05|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

Learning probably means different things to you than it does to your neighbour. Researchers who have explored the issue have found that there are six distinct ways of thinking about the learning process. This perception about learning is not trivial, since it influences how everyone approaches learning tasks, which ultimately affects the quality of their learning outcomes.

Cognitive Bias in Education: the Pygmalion Effect

2020/07/29|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

Many of the judgments we make daily, although they may seem sensible to us, are, in fact, far from rational and can lead us to make bad decisions. These erroneous judgments are called cognitive biases, and some 250 different ones are known to date.

Tips on How to Formulate Quiz Questions

2020/07/23|Categories: Articles, Erika Giraldo, Farnaz Gholami, Lu Wang, Online, Wynnpaul Varela|

Questions are essential for effective teaching, especially when they invite the learner to engage in high-level reflection. Well-formulated questions can also become a powerful tool for assessing teaching and learning. To guide you through this important exercise, here are some sample questions presented by level of difficulty and question type.

Mini glossary of technology in learning

2020/07/21|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Online|

Learning is increasingly taking place in a technology-driven mode, whether or not it is combined with traditional classroom settings. Since this trend will become more prominent in the years to come, it is worthwhile to become familiar with these new realities. Here is a mini glossary of terms that will help you do just that.

Cognitive Bias: When Our Brain Plays Tricks On Us

2020/07/15|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur|

We are all quite familiar with the phenomenon of optical illusions, but less so with the phenomenon of cognitive biases. However, these perceptual distortions that are to our mind what optical illusions are to our visual system lead us to make wrong judgments or bad decisions daily

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