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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Elearning has evolved significantly over the last few decades, particularly with the advent of digital technology and Web 2.0. Like any other field, it has its own jargon, which can be intimidating for anyone starting to look into it.
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 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.
A sub-domain of machine learning – itself a sub-domain of AI – deep learning is also its most advanced form. It allows Big Data to be processed using artificial neural networks inspired by the neural network of the human brain.
We may all "know" what humour is, but when we look at it more seriously, we realize that it is far from simple. Its mechanics, unlike that of laughter, can be challenging to dismantle from a scientific point of view.
"You [a disciple], shall I teach you about knowledge? What you know, you know, what you don't know, you don't know. This is true wisdom." Some 500 years B.C., Confucius understood the central importance of metacognition to any learning path.
Most of us have experienced all four modes of learning in our lives. Our ability or preference for one of them may depend on our personal disposition, the accessibility or organization of these modes of learning, or the type of learning involved
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.