Sunday, March 15, 2009

Brain Based Learning

I would have thought that everyone's brain was a base for learning, however two points:
  1. Feedback is best when it comes from reality, rather than from an authority figure.
  2. People learn best when solving realistic problems.

re n.1 above... So, feedback systems should be part of the learning context (e.g. a statistical project to help a shop owner decide best times of day to sell flowers... let the shop owner or, even better, sales figures show the result or outcome as feedback - good or bad - rather than the classroom based tutor).

re n.2 above.... As in the example above, a life-based problem rather than something esoteric is better. Preferably something that provides a real life, value added solution like increased sales, purer water for a village or cheaper fuel for beneficiaries.

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