We are all quite familiar with the phenomenon of optical illusions, but less so with that of cognitive biases. Yet, these perceptual distortions that are to our mind what optical illusions are to our visual system incite us to make erroneous judgments or bad decisions daily... These shortcuts of the mind that allow the brain to simplify the processing of information are inevitable. Still, we can learn to detect them by better understanding them.
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!
Collaborative learning and cooperative learning are often confused, but they are two distinct learning types. Here's what they have in common and what makes them different!
Metacognition is a process of reflection on how we think and learn, and developing this ability is one of the best ways to improve the quality of one's learning, no matter what kind of learning it is. The first relevant exercise is to become aware of this faculty. Here are a few tips to help you better understand it!
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.
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.
For a long time, we thought that learning was a strictly rational process. We now know that emotions play such an important role that they can serve as a lever or, on the contrary, become a brake on learning. This video is just a short overview of our more extensive article on the importance of emotions in learning. To learn more about it and find links towards further research, we invite you to check our blog and explore our wide array of education and technology-related subjects.
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!
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!
How real can the virtual get? Quite real. Photogrammetry is a technology that allows us to recreate real-life objects and spaces in the virtual world while retaining photorealistic qualities and life-size scales. This article will explore how this technology works, why it can become a powerful tool for educators, and how you can leverage it in your curriculum designs.