Curious learners perform better because they focus better. Neuroscience has established strong correlation between curiosity, risk and learner success. We help learners develop skills to deepen each learning experience using brain-based methods.
Meditations works, to what purpose? There are many different kinds of meditation. You probably know about mindfulness meditation. However, mindfulness training is not really the best for learning new ideas or being productive. After 6 weeks of light practice, it helps with conflict resolution and general stress reduction. Mindfulness doesn't appear to directly assist with intentional learning.
To learn there must be intention and focus. The more focus, the better the learning experience. Concentration supports focus. Stress increases concentration. This is exactly the opposite of mindfulness. My approach is to help learners find their personal balance between mindfulness and concentration. Unfortunately, it takes longer than 6 weeks of light practice to see meaningful results. For those learners with mettle and perseverence, a lifetime of benefit is possible. I seek to make permanent changes to your learning behaviors.
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Neuroscience shows that authentic learning only occurs when new knowledge is shared with peers. Social media can provide the setting for such activity. Do you have a safe and secure private platform to support new ways of learning? Covid19 has highlighted fundamental changes in our educational system. Remote learning is different.
Intentional learning requires a specific conscious decision on the learner's part to learn. This decision to learn is like a switch, it is either on or off. Our professional development program to increase learner engagement - and performance - is called Flip The Switch.
Our core online tool provides a structured framework to support the creative process. Features include regular journaling, process visualization, task hierarchies, timelines and holistic project management. It also automagically generates student portfolios. This tool is under development. Call with questions.
The Learning Orientation Questionnaire (LOQ) is a survey that identifies an individual’s orientation to learn and measures learning ability—from a whole-person perspective. The research construct describes dominant psychological factors that influence learning. These factors suggest how learners want or intend to approach learning - generally or situationally. This whole-person perspective (including affective, conative, social, and cognitive factors) proposes a three-factor construct that considers the learner's
- Emotional investment in learning (Self-Motivation)
- Strategic self-directedness and effort (Self-Direction)
- Independence or learning autonomy (Automony)
The Learning Orientation (LOQ) is available for university-based research for free. Faculty or students may receive written permission to use the LOQ by contacting Kelley Graham (info below)
REQUISITES FOR USE
1 At the beginning of the study, provide an abstract describing the research, including study purpose and hypothesis.
Diane D. Chapman, Ed.D. Teaching Assistant Professor North Carolina State University