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The Age of Outrospection

I have been a vehement proponent of introspection for most of my adult life. As Socrates first espoused, I’ve always considered introspection, looking inward, the path to a good and wise life. The “know thyself” adage is something to which I’ve always aspired. And I still do. In the RSA Animate video, The Power of Outrospection, […]

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Non-Linear Learning Is OK

“I’m a very organised and rational and linear thinker, and you have to stop all that to write a novel.” Hilary Mantel Most of us were programmed early on starting with our very first day in school to think of learning as a linear process. In other words, the predetermined curriculum says first you learn […]

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Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

“Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.” Plato In instructional design and learning theory circles there is a famous, if somewhat troubling, fact that has plagued educators and instructional designers for years. The person who first identified this troubling fact was Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German […]

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The Changing Economic Landscape And Jobs

In addition to some of the obvious changes regarding the contemporary workforce, the underlying economy that supports the workforce is changing also. Some economists and trend pundits believe that the United States, and indeed the entire world, will see an adjustment to the very foundation of our economy in terms of wealth distribution and fewer […]

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Skimming To Learn

The art of skimming is a too often denigrated skill. When I encourage people to skim a book, long article or any other type of reading, I am often met with stares of disbelief that I would encourage skimming over what must surely be important material. Well, I am most definitely encouraging skimming. Skimming is […]

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Mix Up The Inputs When Learning

A lot of research points to the fact that people learn best when more than one sensory input is utilized. The more types of inputs, the better the learning. For example, if you take one group of people and teach them by telling them (so they utilize their hearing), take another group and teach them […]

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