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.


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.

The Web from 1.0 to 4.0

2021-08-11T11:26:32-04:002021/08/11|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Technology|

Of the multiple generations of the Web, it is the second one, commonly called "2.0", that we have heard the most about. It is the one that marked the advent of the Web as a dynamic, participative and global platform on which the user became an actor. More recently, the labels "3.0", "4.0" and sometimes even "5.0" have appeared to mark the most recent transformations of this evolving Web; transformations that are not only technological but also sociological.

The Learner and The Feeling of Self-Efficacy

2021-07-29T16:22:48-04:002021/07/29|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

The importance of self-efficacy can be summarized by saying that if you don't believe you have what it takes to achieve your goals, you are unlikely to succeed... More relevant than ever and used in many fields, this theory is also applied in education. Here's what every teacher needs to know about self-efficacy in the context of learning and what they can do to foster it in their learners.

The Teacher in The Past, Present and Future Tense: Test Your Knowledge!

2021-08-26T14:42:16-04:002021/07/21|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Do you have any idea what the teacher of the future will look like? Do you know how technology may surpass the teacher? Can you distinguish between the roles of coach, tutor and mentor? Do you know of any historical teacher role models who can inspire a redefinition of the profession? Finally, can you tell if personal characteristics that may seem trivial are actually assets to being a good teacher?

Rest and Recuperate Smartly

2021-07-14T14:12:40-04:002021/07/14|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Neuroscience|

We talk less about the importance of taking time off work than we do about eating well or being physically active. Our demanding lives and the performance culture we struggle to break away from mean that we too often ignore our signs of fatigue and persist as best as possible in our daily activities, whether we are workers or students. Difficulty concentrating, lack of motivation and mental wandering are part of our normality... However, numerous studies that have examined the consequences of depriving ourselves of rest and vacation time indicate that we put our mental and physical health at risk by ignoring these necessary periods of disconnection. 

First Digital Profile of Quebecers with Disabilities

2021-07-07T10:33:43-04:002021/07/07|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Society, Technology|

For the first time, the NETendances survey, which draws up a digital profile of Quebecers each year, focused on adults with disabilities. The notion of disability used in this context included any difficulty of a hearing, visual, cognitive, physical or psychological nature as well as any other long-term health problem. Of the 12,000 Quebecers aged 18 and over interviewed for the full survey, 3,743 had at least one of these difficulties.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 10 Contributions of Neuroscience to Education

2021-06-30T09:53:24-04:002021/06/30|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Neuroscience|

Neuroscience has given us privileged access to the brain for the past thirty years. With the help of sophisticated equipment, including brain imaging, they have allowed us to decode our brains better and understand specific issues, including some related to learning. Although this discipline alone cannot guide us in education, its influence has become essential. Here are ten fields of action in which its contribution should be followed!

Cheating, Uncertainty and Humour in The Classroom: Test Your Knowledge!

2021-06-10T11:42:44-04:002021/06/10|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself, Uncategorized|

Do you know the most effective ways to counteract student cheating? Do you know what factors most encourage students to cheat, depending on whether they are in elementary, high school or university? Do you have an idea of the best strategy for dealing with uncertainty? Do you know how learners and teachers perceive humour in the classroom and what principles teachers should follow to make good use of it?

3 Ages of the Brain Under the Microscope of Neuroscience

2021-05-27T10:24:42-04:002021/05/27|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Neuroscience|

Over the last few decades, neuroscience has begun to confirm or refute certain hypotheses we had about how the brain works, in addition to leading us down new paths of knowledge. Given the complexity of this fascinating organ, we are only at the beginning of this promising exploration. However, thanks to brain imaging, we know a little more about some of its particularities at different stages of life and their links with learning.

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