All learning is built on what we already know
We can only process around four things at once
Rewards and punishments don’t work
If we stay in our comfort zone, we don’t learn
MCQs are often over-used in poor quality elearning. But they can be made more effective.
There’s no clear evidence on whether it’s better to take notes by hand or on a laptop.
Break learning into bite-size pieces.
There are two different types of knowledge, and each benefits from a different type of practice.
Building success criteria into course design
Learning IS life
If we don’t have a place to capture and process all your incoming information and tasks, there’s no way you can remain productive.
There are hundreds of strategies and tips on how to be productive, but I think they all fit under three key principles.
Varying practice can make it more effective.
Mindless repetition doesn’t lead to learning.
Testing is better learning strategy than reviewing or re-reading.
Write to learn rather than to just capture or summarise.
We tend to think we’re learning if it feels easy.
If we couldn’t explain something to a child, we probably don’t understand it clearly ourselves.
Many ‘courses’ are no more than information products.
As we gain expertise, we lose sight of what it was like to be a novice.
Often, learning isn’t what ‘learners’ really need.
We often default to just-in-case learning, when in many situations a more just-in-time model would be preferable.
A content-first approach is not a learning-first approach.
Without ongoing effort and practice, meaningful learning is unlikely.