Catherine Meilleur has over 15 years of experience in research and writing. Having worked as a journalist and educational designer, she is interested in everything related to learning: from educational psychology to neuroscience, and the latest innovations that can serve learners, such as virtual and augmented reality. She is also passionate about issues related to the future of education at a time when a real revolution is taking place, propelled by digital technology and artificial intelligence.


8 Proven Tips for Optimal Learning

2021-12-16T15:31:50-05:002021/12/16|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Our understanding of learning has made a quantum leap in recent years, thanks in part to neuroscience. This is in addition to a growing interest in more humane approaches to teaching that take into account the fact that cognition and emotions are inseparable, contrary to what we have long believed... So, learners and teachers, here are some tips from the latest research for optimal learning!

Cognitive biases: test your knowledge!

2021-12-09T14:43:50-05:002021/12/09|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Do you know what a cognitive bias is and how many there are to date? Are you aware that certain cognitive biases must be taken seriously in the teaching world? Do you have any idea of how to help a teacher avoid them? Can you tell a cognitive bias from a myth? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

10 study techniques and their effectiveness

2021-12-01T14:57:47-05:002021/12/01|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Study techniques are some of the factors that affect learning success. As such, various techniques are commonly used by learners: from highlighting to proofreading to mnemonic keywords. However, in terms of their effectiveness — and this is what matters! — all techniques are far from being equal. This is what a group of researchers concluded after reviewing the research results on ten study techniques. Here are their conclusions!

Our two short-term memories

2021-11-16T14:31:49-05:002021/11/16|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Neuroscience|

We are all familiar with the concepts of short-term and long-term memories, which cognitive psychology has long presented to us as our two major types of temporal memories. Over time, our knowledge of these two memories has been refined, primarily through neuroscience, and we now know a little more about how they work. So let's take a look at the two facets of our short-term memory!

Long-Term Memory: Its 3 Chronological Processes

2021-11-09T14:49:10-05:002021/11/09|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Neuroscience|

Our long-term memory can store an unlimited amount of information over a period ranging from a few hours to a lifetime. It includes the memory of recent events, which are still being processed, as well as consolidated memories. Without this memory, we would not have access to the events that have marked our lives or to all that we have learned, be it on an intellectual, emotional or motor level. This memory is based on three main chronological processes. Here they are!

Brain and neuroscience: test your knowledge!

2021-11-03T15:29:22-04:002021/11/03|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Do you have any idea how many thoughts we have in a day? Do you know the characteristics of the brain at different life stages? Do you know how stress affects the brain and how to help the brain to relax? Do you have any idea of the contribution of neuroscience to education? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Adult Learners and Play: 5 Research Findings

2021-10-19T16:57:46-04:002021/10/19|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

The importance of play in children's development and learning is well known, and research on the subject abounds. In recent years, more serious attention has been paid to the benefits of play for adults, particularly in learning. However, there is not nearly as much research on the impact of play on adult learners as on young learners.

Is Having Fun in Higher Education the Way Forward?

2021-10-21T18:31:29-04:002021/09/29|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

"Why should children be the only ones who can have fun?" ask the creators of the Professors at Play project, Lisa Forbes and David Thomas, both teachers at the University of Colorado Denver in the United States. These two academics with atypical backgrounds realized that play and fun, despite their learning potential, are often underused in higher education.

The Social Dimension of Learning: Test Your Knowledge!

2021-09-17T14:58:17-04:002021/09/17|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Do you know what connected learning is? Do you know what factors are positively influenced by the social presence in online learning? Do you have any idea what types of activities are most likely to lead to informal learning in a workplace? Are you familiar with empathy pedagogy and collaborative learning? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Putting the Learner First: Test Your Knowledge!

2021-08-26T14:43:48-04:002021/08/26|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

We no longer think of education without putting the learners first. In this regard, do you know what motivates them? Do you recognize the conditions that are optimal for them? What factors can inspire confidence in online training? And did you know that we think about them when we choose the colours of such training? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

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