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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.

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

Tips on Creating Clear Learning Objectives

2020/06/30|Categories: Amber Judge, Articles, Erika Giraldo, Online, Wynnpaul Varela|

Defining clear learning objectives is a challenging first step when creating a course. Viewed as the backbone of many educational strategies, Bloom’s taxonomy is a teaching tool that helps you design a course based on the outcomes you want to achieve. By providing a clear focus, both the teaching and the learning paths become more coherent and easier to envision. Let’s take a look at a few tips on how we can use Bloom’s taxonomy in practice.

[IN DEPTH ANALYSIS] The 3 Speeds of Thought

2020/06/25|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Research|

In your opinion, is the human being first and foremost rational? This is a big question that can give rise to endless philosophical debates. But from the strict point of view of the sciences that study how our box of thoughts works, we have a good idea of the answer... even if we still have a lot to learn about this fascinating organ that is our brain.

3 Tips for Integrating Humour into Teaching

2020/05/20|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Online|

Thomas Bernhard once said, "Whoever can't laugh doesn't deserve to be taken seriously," a thought that would benefit from being given more consideration in teaching, even though humour has not yet received the attention it deserves.

The 4 core competencies of the 21st century

2020/05/13|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Online|

In a workplace where routine tasks are increasingly performed by machines equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), the skills most valued by human beings are those that allow them to perform tasks for which the solution is not known in advance.

Dealing with uncertainty in 3 steps

2020/05/06|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Online|

Although we often manage to pretend it doesn't exist, uncertainty is an integral part of our lives. With the collective crisis we are experiencing at the moment, it is even more apparent, and in the education community, this is true for learners and teachers alike.

Unravelling online training in 3 questions

2020/04/29|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Online|

Online training, distance learning, open distance learning, digital learning, MOOC... are some of these terms one and the same? Is one the modern version of the other? Are we dealing with entirely different modalities of learning?

7 principles of 21st-century learning and elearning

2020/04/23|Categories: Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Online|

In its Innovative Learning Environments project, the OECD has identified seven principles that should be integrated into any learning environment to ensure that it is truly effective and relevant to the needs of 21st-century learners.

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