Mastery Learning

Mastery Learning

Sal Kahn [TED New York ] I’m here today to talk about the two ideas that, at least based on my observations at Khan Academy, are kind of the core, or the key leverage points for learning. It’s the idea of mastery and the idea of mindset. I saw this in the early days working with my cousins. A lot of them were

Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis

Sandrine Thuret [ King’s College London ] Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? There’s still some confusion about that question, as this is a fairly new field of research. For example, I was talking to one of my colleagues, Robert, who is an oncologist, and he was telling me, “Sandrine, this is puzzling. Some of my patients that have been told they

Good Sleep Keys

Good Sleep Keys

Matt Walker [ UC Berkeley ] I’m here to tell you about sleep — both the good things that happen when you get it and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t. But let me start with a disclaimer: It’s safe to say that, when most speakers look to their audience and see people who are falling asleep, nodding off soundly,

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Ellen Bialystok [ University of Reading ] I’m going to be talking about my research that shows how a very ordinary experience — bilingualism — has the ability to change and improve cognitive function across the lifespan and even delay symptoms of dementia in older age. Thank you so much for this incredible honor. It’s tremendous to be here and I want to

Practicing Mind

Practicing Mind

Thomas M. Sterner [ Philly NewTech ] Developing Focus and Discipline – Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process. Activities such as painting, learning music or gaining proficiency in any sport is a skill. But moving through a challenging time such as losing a job, dealing with a difficult colleague at work or managing the hurdles of growing a

Peer Networks

Peer Networks

Anant Agarwal [ edX (MIT) ] I’d like to re-imagine education. The last year has seen the invention of a new four-letter word. It starts with an M. MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses. Many organizations are offering these online courses to students all over the world, in the millions, for free. Anybody who has an Internet connection and the will to learn can

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

What I want you to do is play along with me, then you’ll get a better sense of what I’m going to try to show you. So the first thing is: “what is this?” Those of you who don’t see the cow, don’t worry – the others only see it because somebody previously told it to them. This is the way the world

Mindset

Mindset

Carol Dweck  [ Stanford University ] I’d like to introduce you to my version of happiness. For me happiness is being infinitely curious. It’s being – it’s constantly learning. It’s constantly mastering new and difficult tasks. And yet, many of the things we do to motivate our kids are sapping their desire to learn. How do we make sure then that kids and

Variability Matters

Variability Matters

Todd Rose [ Cyberlearning Research Summit ] I’m going to try and wander and if I make it back to the podium it’s because I forgot what I was going to say and my notes are there. Um, so, at, ah CAST, where I work, we pioneered a framework called Universal Design for Learning. Today, I actually want to tell you about the

Persuasion Architectures

Persuasion Architectures

  Zeynep Tufecki [ Techno-Sociologist ] When people voice fears of artificial intelligence, very often, they invoke images of humanoid robots run amok. You know, Terminator. That might be something to consider, but that’s a distant threat. Or, we fret about digital surveillance with metaphors from the past. “1984,” George Orwell’s “1984,” it’s hitting the bestseller lists again. It’s a great book, but

Making Tracks

Making Tracks

James Pennebaker Symposium Interview from Faculty Innovation Center. Because more people than ever are signing up for degree programs, Pennebaker has been able to fund experimental testing regimes and pay Teaching Assistants to craft really good questions. People who don’t have to come up with good questions don’t realize how difficult it is to write a good test question. FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: TVZ

Bias Networks

Bias Networks

David R. Williams [ Harvard ] An article in the Yale Alumni Magazine told the story of Clyde Murphy, a black man who was a member of the Class of 1970. Clyde was a success story. After Yale and a law degree from Columbia, Clyde spent the next 30 years as one of America’s top civil rights lawyers. He was also a great