Cognitive Bias in Education: the Pygmalion Effect

2020-07-29T15:15:32-04:002020/07/29|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. While the teaching profession encourages the development of critical thinking skills, the learner-teacher relationship is nevertheless conducive to the development of some of these biases, and they can have a significant impact on learning.

Tips on How to Formulate Quiz Questions

2020-07-23T13:39:42-04:002020/07/23|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

2020-07-23T14:03:05-04:002020/07/21|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

2020-07-23T12:26:53-04:002020/07/15|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

2020-07-23T14:02:27-04:002020/06/30|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

2020-06-25T14:18:35-04:002020/06/25|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.

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