Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Neuroscience of Perseverance

Psychology Today @

Perseverance separates the winners from the losers in both sports and life. Are you someone who perseveres despite difficulties and setbacks, or do you tend to throw in the towel and call it quits when faced with a challenge or adversity? What makes some people able to keep pushing […]

Dopamine is the fuel that keeps people motivated to persevere and achieve a goal. You have the power to increase your production of dopamine by changing your attitude and behavior. Scientists have identified higher levels of dopamine — also known as the “reward molecule” — as being linked to forming lifelong habits, such as perseverance. […]

To produce more dopamine, get in the habit of setting deadlines and completing goals in a timely manner. Create a daily schedule that includes self-imposed deadlines and stick to it! Use timers, calendars and peer pressure to keep you on track and condition yourself. Partner with a like-minded friend who has similar goals and make a pact that you will hold one another accountable to stay on deadline.

Aga’s comment: A strategy to seriously consider and practice to enahnce learners’ self-directedness. 

The Glass Room- Take more control over your data

See how your location is tracked through your phone, your wifi connections, the websites you visit, and the social media platforms and email providers you use.

ENCRYPTION MATTERS Privacy is important to our everyday lives in ways we don’t always consider. See where you’re protected by privacy and […]

Teaching is a design science, lets trust the teachers to do this.

My colleague Inge Ignatia de Waard @Ignatia Webs in her report on the Limitless Learning plenary on owning learning #OEB16 observed, based on the comments of the plenary speakers, that “Teaching is a design science” and we should trust teachers to do their job.

At the same plenary Diana Laurillard, reminds us that the teacher is an indispensable part of the formal learning equation. She also observes that the workload and responsibilities of a teacher teaching with digital technologies are increasing and include:

  • Planning the blend of the physical/digital/social learning
  • Curating and adapting existing OERs
  • Designing activities and tools for types of active learning
  • Creating adaptive methods to improve traditional methods
  • Providing flexibility with blended/online learning options
  • Orchestrating the activities of large cohorts of students
  • Using learning technologies to improve scale and outcomes

According to the 2016 Innovating Pedagogy report (2016) by Sharples et al., design thinking is viewed as one of the trends of innovative pedagogy:

Design thinking solves problems using the methods and thinking processes used by designers. These include creative processes such as experimenting, creating and prototyping models, soliciting feedback, and redesigning. Design thinking places learners in contexts that make them think like designers, creating innovative solutions that address people’s needs. (p. 4)

For teachers,  design thinking “may involve civic literacy, cultural awareness, critical and creative thinking, and technical skills” (p. 4). Teachers should then unleash the designers in them and look into applying design frameworks, processes, and their own creative abilities.

Steve Jobs said: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Good teachers make sure it works. Trust them.

The Course Resource Appraisal Modeller (CRAM)

The Course Resource Appraisal Modeller (CRAM)

The CRAM tool enables you to model the teaching costs and learning benefits of any type of course, whether classroom-based, wholly online, or blended. It may be any length, and may run in any education or training sector. The tool is Java-based and […]