There’s a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

Saturday, September 13, 2014
critical thinking

Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that’s how it should be. The term was popularised long ago–by John Dewey, in the 1930s–but in recent years it has become less of an actionable technique and more of a trendy educational buzzword. Our…

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20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills

Saturday, July 26, 2014
digital literacy

Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, digital literacy is beginning to emerge as a necessary component of curricula across the globe. As current undergraduates have never known a life without the internet, it’s only natural that universities should nurture their familiarity with technology,…

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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the…

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How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

Saturday, July 12, 2014
note taking strategies

Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It’s what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing. Everyone has their own unique style of recording lectures and readings. No one seems to recommend one style over another, so anything goes. And when…

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Why Self-Esteem Hurts Learning But Self-Confidence Does The Opposite

Saturday, July 5, 2014
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It’s all about confidence, they say. Success in any form, be it vocational or interpersonal or what have you, all boils down to self-belief (or at least the appearance of it). But what about more quantifiable forms of success, like academic performance? You either ace the test or you don’t,…

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The Science of How To Practice a Skill Effectively

Monday, June 30, 2014

Do a little research and you’ll discover that a big fat “if” has been placed out in front of the old adage “practice makes perfect.” Practice makes perfect if it is deliberate. Practice makes perfect if it is frequent. Practice makes perfect if you’ve got the right gene sequence. Practice…

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The Science of Attention: How To Capture And Hold The Attention of Easily Distracted Students

Saturday, June 28, 2014
capturing attention

How long can you reasonably expect your students to pay attention during your lessons? Some psychologists claim the typical student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long, yet most university classes last 50 to 90 minutes. Students’ attention levels vary widely based on factors like motivation, emotion, enjoyment,…

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25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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How do we create learning that lasts? It’s a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure of exams and performance scores hanging over our heads. But it’s an issue that needs serious attention. In general, students capture only 20-40…

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15 Ways to Transform Your Students’ Communication Skills

Thursday, June 19, 2014
communication skills

Regardless of your field of study, communication skills are one of the most important determinants of career success. Without them, your best ideas and intentions remain unknown or, perhaps worse, mistaken. Many of us are blessed with good oral skills but flounder when it comes to putting those words on…

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30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking

Sunday, June 8, 2014
divergent thinking

When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later. The goal of divergent thinking is to generate many different…

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