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.


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.

Mastering skills in 3 steps

2021-05-12T13:02:34-04:002021/05/12|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Observing our peers is not only our first mode of learning, but it remains one of the most effective even in adulthood. In the social-cognitive theory of psychologist Albert Bandura, this process at the basis of human development and behaviour is called "modelling" or vicarious experience. Three steps have been identified as essential for obtaining optimal results.

Tips for Better Learning: Test Your Knowledge!

2021-05-05T10:18:30-04:002021/05/05|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Test Yourself|

Do you know the best tips for taking notes or the most common myths about learning? Do you know Elmore's four modes of learning that correspond to our personal theories on the subject and influence the way we learn? Test your knowledge by answering the following five questions.

Modeling or Learning Through Observation

2021-05-05T16:01:37-04:002021/04/28|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

"Modeling" consists of learning by observing, not simply to imitate one's model, but to go beyond it by interpreting and using the observed behaviours in a personal way. Also called "vicarious experience," this process is the basis of human development and behaviour, according to the psychologist Albert Bandura who brought it to light.

At the very heart of the feeling of personal effectiveness

2021-05-05T16:04:07-04:002021/04/14|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning|

Do you think you can find the motivation and perseverance to achieve a goal if you are not convinced you can? According to the self-efficacy theory of the eminent Canadian psychologist Albert Bandura, pioneer of the social-cognitivist movement, if you have little confidence in your abilities, your chances of achieving your goals are slim.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Brain Activity in Numbers

2021-06-30T09:54:47-04:002021/03/24|Articles, Catherine Meilleur, Learning, Neuroscience|

Our brain is never really at rest. When it is not busy with a specific task, it can daydream or ruminate, depending on our mood, but it never stops being active. This is what neuroscientists have uncovered by discovering the functioning of its so-called "default" network, which is activated in a way that is opposite to the executive network that manages our high-level cognitive processes.

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