The Concept of Different “Learning Styles” is One of the Greatest Neuroscience Myths

February 2, 2016

The Concept of Different “Learning Styles” is One of the Greatest Neuroscience Myths


  • The idea that students learn differently depending on their personal preference for visual, auditory or kinesthetic cues is just a myth. In fact, it’s considered a “neuromyth” characterized by a misunderstanding, misreading, or misquoting of scientifically established facts.
  • Learning Styles do not work, yet the current research literature is full of papers which advocate their use. This undermines education as a research field and likely has a negative impact on students.
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Keywords: education, learning, myths, research

What Character Strengths Should Educators Focus On and How?


  • Educators of all ages and levels are quickly realizing that academic skills aren’t enough to ensure student success. Increasingly educators are trying to incorporate non-cognitive skills that they hope will help students develop inner fortitude and confidence.
  • But there hasn’t been much consensus on which character strengths lead to the best long term results. One researcher took a close look by comparing schools that focus on moral, civic and performance character.
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Keywords: teachers, non-cognitive skills, character strengths, study

Teacher as Researcher: The Ultimate Professional Development


  • Teacher researchers listen and watch their students; collect work samples, photographs, and transcripts to document what their students say and do; and use that information to evolve their practice.
  • Seeking to learn from what happens in the classroom, teacher researchers are innovators, curriculum drivers, agents of school change, and directors of their own professional development.
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Keywords: teachers, professional development, teaching

MIT Dean Takes Leave to Start New University Without Lectures or Classrooms

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Christine Ortiz is taking a leave from her post as a professor and dean at MIT to start a radical university with no majors, no lectures, and no classrooms. The university will prioritize on “project-based learning” where students can have a really deep, integrative longer-term project rather than shorter projects.
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Keywords: higher education, innovation, new models, project-based learning, online education

12 Principles Of Modern Learning


  • What are the principles of modern learning? Richard Olsen put together a useful chart that lays out three categories of a modern approach to learning: Modern, Self-Directed, and Social. According to Olsen, the 4 principles of Modern Inquiry Learning are: Compile, Contribute, Combine, and Change.
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Keywords: teachers, professional development, teaching

New OER Platform for Colleges and Universities

University Business

  • panOpen has announced the official launch of its learning platform exclusively based on Open Educational Resources (OER). The platform allows faculty and students to quickly and easily use trusted, high-quality materials that enhance their course curriculum, and additional tools for faculty such as content customization, LMS integration, self-grading quizzes, note-taking, real-time chat and data analytics.
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Keywords: open educational resources, OER, tools, resources

7 Tips for Creating Memorable Learning Experiences

THE Journal

  • Memorable learning is outside the book, the classroom and the campus; and it's hands on and engaging and involves talking, being creative and taking risks. "Much of what happens in classes is sitting and listening and trying not to fall asleep," says educator Rushton Hurley, who shares some tips to create memorable learning experiences.
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Keywords: teaching, technology, student engagement, tips, resources

Mindfulness: The Craze Sweeping Through Schools is Now at a University Near You

The Guardian

  • This term, about 200 students from the University of Cambridge will be part of a course laid on by researchers at the university to measure how far mindfulness can help combat stress. The university is offering the eight-week courses as part of the Mindful Student Study, a three-year pilot sparked by concern at the increasing numbers of students accessing mental health services.
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Keywords: universities, health, mindfulness, meditation, students' well-being

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