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.


[INFOGRAPHIC] 10 Advantages of Virtual Reality for Learning

2022-06-30T14:26:25-04:002022/06/30|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Technology|

Increasingly powerful, ergonomic and accessible, virtual reality (VR) is making its way into the world of learning. This modality, which invites the user into an immersive and interactive universe, can be adapted to reproduce the conditions of very diverse professional environments that are difficult to access or far away. Learners can thus practice complex tasks in complete safety until they are fully mastered. To give you a better idea of the potential of this fascinating technology for learning, here are 10 of its assets!

Play and the Adult Learner: Test Your Knowledge!

2022-06-14T14:59:23-04:002022/06/14|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Did you know that there is a growing interest in the virtues of play and fun in adult learning? Do you know about approaches that use these elements in elearning? Did you know that games can have a place in higher education and that some university professors are seriously exploring their potential?

4 Tips for an Engaging Online Learning Experience

2022-05-31T16:21:51-04:002022/05/31|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Online|

Online learning has become a fact of life in the educational world, at least in part. Many people experienced it for the first time, in a hurry and on the fly, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In such a context, it was inevitable that it would leave some with a limited impression of its potential. But a properly designed elearning course is much more than a video conference.

From elementary school to university, learners don’t cheat for the same reasons

2022-05-25T16:10:55-04:002022/05/25|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Most students have cheated at least once during their school career, a constant trend over time and happening worldwide. Studies that have examined the phenomenon also corroborate that cheating peaks in high school. Here are the main reasons people cheat at these different stages of their school career.

5 Advantages of Online Training for the Learner

2022-05-12T15:56:37-04:002022/05/12|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Online|

Learners who had not yet experienced elearning mostly had the opportunity to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in many cases, they were provided with video lectures rather than actual online education designed for this purpose. It was natural that learners would remember the loss of human contact, characteristic of a face-to-face course in such a context. However, since this is a limited perception of online education and this learning mode is here to stay, it is desirable to know some of its advantages. Here are five of them!

5 Tips For Integrating Play Into Higher Education

2022-05-08T13:07:11-04:002022/05/05|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Online|

Why shouldn't adult learners have as much fun as younger ones? This question, which seems to be shared by many, prompted two American academics with atypical backgrounds to take action. In 2020, Lisa Forbes and David Thomas created Professors at Play, an online creative space to encourage the use of play and fun in higher education. Here are their top tips for actors at this level of education to better integrate play and its benefits into their practice!

4 Branches of Neuroscience

2022-03-24T11:11:22-04:002022/03/24|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Neuroscience|

The field of neuroscience deals with studying the nervous system, from neurons to behaviour, and calls upon a vast array of disciplines ranging from biology to chemistry, including mathematics and computer science. This field is diverse and can be broken down into several branches or sub-disciplines. Here are the main ones!

5 Milestones in the History of Neuroscience

2022-03-03T13:30:56-05:002022/03/03|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Neuroscience|

First coined in the 1960s, the term "neuroscience" refers to the scientific study of the nervous system, including our fascinating brain, from its most fundamental aspects, such as molecules and cells, to the integrative dimensions that underlie our cognitive and behavioural functions. Although much remains to be discovered, giant steps have been made in this field over the past few decades. To appreciate how far we have come, nothing is better than looking back at some of the milestones that have marked this history.

Stress and memory

2022-02-23T12:53:43-05:002022/02/23|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Neuroscience|

From encoding to recall to consolidation, stress can interfere with each of the key stages of memory. In fact, it represents one of the biggest obstacles to the smooth running of this process. Even once information is stored in our long-term memory, stress can momentarily prevent us from retrieving it. That said, the relationships between stress and memory are complex chemistry, some of which may surprise you. Here's a look at some of them!

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