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.


Self-regulated learning: a framework for adult learner autonomy

2023-01-25T11:35:23-05:002023/01/25|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Online|

There is a growing interest in the importance of autonomy in learning, including for adults. This topic seems more relevant than ever, given the increasing importance of elearning, which may require learners to be more independent than face-to-face courses. One of the most interesting and encompassing concepts on the subject is that of self-regulated learning, which dynamically integrates the fundamental aspects of the act of learning, such as cognition, motivation, metacognition and volition.

4 aspects of the brain revealed by neuroimaging

2022-12-07T16:45:29-05:002022/12/07|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Neuroscience|

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) or neuroimaging is a technology that allows live and safe visualization of brain structure and activity. Its advent in the 1990s has led to significant advances in our knowledge of the brain, confirming or refuting certain hypotheses while opening up new avenues of research. Here are four aspects of the brain that neuroimaging has revealed to us so far.

The 3 Components of Metacognition

2022-11-30T11:55:09-05:002022/11/30|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Metacognition can be summarized as the ability to reflect on one's cognitive processes, allowing us to identify our mistakes and successes, understand their origin, and adjust our goals. Developing metacognitive skills is one of the best ways to improve the quality of learning.

Virtual reality for pain management

2022-11-24T11:14:38-05:002022/11/23|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Neuroscience, Technology|

Virtual Reality (VR) is a fascinating technology that allows the user to be transported into a synthetic world they perceive as real and in which they can move and interact. The impressive potential of VR goes far beyond entertainment. As it evolves rapidly and becomes more accessible, it will stand out as a highly prized technology of the future in many fields, including medicine. It has its place as a simulation training tool and as a safe and effective therapeutic device to treat or complement the treatment of various types of health problems, including pain management. Here is where we stand in terms of applications and what we know about the effectiveness of VR for acute and chronic pain and pain anxiety.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The 4 Expressions of the Feeling of Presence in VR

2022-11-09T13:46:24-05:002022/11/09|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Technology|

In the immersive experience that virtual reality (VR) allows, "presence" can be defined as the authentic feeling of being in a world other than the one in which one is physically located. Even if some researchers propose nuanced versions of the notions of immersion and presence in VR, many tend to describe the first as the objective dimension of the experience, the one induced by the technological tools, and the second as its subjective dimension, the one constructed by the user.

Academic Cheating: Test Your Knowledge!

2022-11-02T16:27:42-04:002022/11/02|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Test Yourself|

Do you know how common academic cheating is? What makes a human being susceptible to cheating? Are the reasons for cheating the same from elementary school to university? What do you think are the main factors that encourage students to cheat? Finally, what are some effective ways to counteract this problem in our educational institutions? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Attention in 15 points

2022-10-27T12:53:08-04:002022/10/27|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Neuroscience|

In these times of over-solicitation, attention is a crucial factor in our cognitive efficiency, whether we are learning new things or simply doing many of our daily tasks. To preserve and cultivate it, the first step is to know its unique mechanisms in order to identify the factors we can influence and those to ignore. Let's decipher it in 15 points!

A Mini Guide to Universal Design in Learning

2022-10-19T10:23:34-04:002022/10/19|Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Society|

There is a growing concern about being inclusive in different spheres of society, including education. You may have heard the terms "universal design," "universal design in education," and "universal design for learning," or their abbreviations UD, UDE and UDL. Do you know what these terms actually mean and how they differ?

Metacognition in 10 points

2022-10-13T13:29:41-04:002022/10/13|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

We all use it daily, more or less consciously, and developing it is one of the best ways to improve the quality of our learning. It is called "metacognition," a notion that the American psychologist John H. Flavell was the first to name in his work in the 1970s and to set out the theoretical foundations still considered today.

8 benefits of virtual reality for training professionals

2022-09-14T14:54:47-04:002022/09/14|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Technology|

Virtual reality (VR) is a fascinating technology that allows users to immerse themselves in a dynamic and adaptive 3D world of 360 degrees. In this digital universe, they can move and interact with tactile and sensory feedback by simply wearing a visor and, if necessary, haptic gloves. Primarily associated with the world of video games, VR is increasingly becoming a training tool.

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