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.

Humor in the classroom: 8 tips to take seriously

2021-05-05T16:16:13-04:002020/11/19|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Students generally appreciate teachers who skilfully use humour in the classroom more than those who do not. Although it is difficult to assess the pedagogical effectiveness of this form of humour, studies tell us that humour helps to create an atmosphere conducive to learning, attracts the attention of learners, stimulates their creativity and motivation, and may even promote their retention of information.

Education for the 21st Century: Test Your Knowledge!

2021-05-05T16:18:02-04:002020/11/12|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Do you know how the digital revolution, including artificial intelligence, is transforming our world? Do you know which skills have the most potential for the future job market? Do you know what principles education must be based on to ensure that our youth are equipped as citizens and workers of tomorrow? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Our Relationship to Learning: Test Your Knowledge!

2021-05-05T16:20:29-04:002020/11/04|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Do you know what influences our relationship to learning and in what way? Can you tell if our emotions and our perception of learning play a significant role in the acquisition of new knowledge? Do you know the strategies that lead to in-depth learning? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Collaborative Learning: A Practical Guide

2021-05-05T16:21:10-04:002020/10/28|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

We are social beings and our interactions with our peers often become golden opportunities to learn. It is this aspect of our nature that collaborative learning focuses on, a pedagogical approach that we presented in a previous article.

Learning Mechanisms: Test Your Knowledge!

2021-05-05T15:15:40-04:002020/10/22|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Are you aware of the latest findings in neuroscience regarding our learning mechanisms? Do you know the benefits of empathy pedagogy? Do you know that teachers need to be particularly wary of certain cognitive biases? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Collaborative learning in 3 questions

2021-05-05T15:16:30-04:002020/10/14|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Our interactions with our peers are often prolific opportunities to learn, and this is even more valid when they are done in a collaborative mode. That's why it's a good idea to integrate "collaborative" learning into the range of pedagogical approaches, a model that is particularly suitable for adult learners and that can also be adapted to online training. Let's demystify it in 3 questions.

Mini Glossary of the Flexibility of eLearning

2021-05-05T15:18:19-04:002020/10/08|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Online|

Flexibility is one of the greatest assets of eLearning. It allows the learners to choose the place and, in asynchronous mode, the time that suits them to advance in their learning path. That said, eLearning offers other forms of flexibility that are less known. Here is a mini glossary that might help you understand them better!

Mini Glossary of the Social Dimension of Learning

2021-05-05T15:19:11-04:002020/09/30|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

On any learning path, part of the journey is done alone. However, the presence of others will be an unavoidable factor, whether it is to guide or motivate us. In addition, we are constantly learning informally in our multiple social contacts.

Online training in empathic mode

2021-05-05T15:20:36-04:002020/09/24|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Online|

For most of us, empathy evokes the ability to put ourselves in the other person's shoes, to try to understand what the other is going through. This important component of interpersonal relationships is sometimes confused with sympathy, compassion or altruism, but it can also be related to these concepts.

7 strategies for in-depth learning

2021-05-05T15:22:09-04:002020/09/10|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

We owe the notions of surface and in-depth learning to Ference Marton and Roger Säljö, two Swedish researchers from the field of psychology. They were the first to find that the adoption of in-depth learning strategies was associated with a higher level of student success than so-called "surface" learning. Here are seven strategies that are essential for in-depth learning.

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