This week’s topics focused on the scientific side of learning: how the brain works, transfer of information from short-term memory to long-term memory and approaches to learning that enable the transfer of information to occur. The neuroscientific view of learning can get a bit overwhelming with all of the biological jargon and technical information, but the value of understanding how the brain functions is clear. So, with that in mind, I went on a journey through cyberspace to find a couple of resources that provided this type of information in an easy, interesting and applicable way. I also searched for resources dedicated to teaching techniques and learning approaches to enhance my understanding of how to most effectively design learning experiences based on specific types of information. Here are two of the results:
The BrainConnection.com provides interesting, easy to read information about how the brain works and how people learn. This website combines the science of learning with fun-facts, resources and articles that can help teachers and parents understand how to relate to their students or children, the science behind behaviors and methods to best address specific situations. As an educator, or someone that is encouraging learning, it’s critical that you know what stimulus you should be providing to gain desired outcomes.
The e-Journal for Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching, or e-JBEST, is an online scholarly journal which provides access to articles focusing on the development of teaching and research in business education. You will find research, theory development, teaching methods, text book reviews and other information that could be transferred into any teaching situation. The articles focus on a myriad of topics, ranging from the importance of understanding learning progression to the importance of motivating the creativity in students which are typically “non-creative” thinkers. I find this online journal to be a valuable place to look for articles that will help me as an instructional designer develop new perspectives on learning strategies, become inspired by current research on learning science and become aware of new ways to administer learning experiences in an environment outside the traditional classroom.