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Learn… and rock your world!

In today’s world, organizations that fail to adjust their learning management practices and solutions often struggle with organizational growth or productivity. As a result, leading companies are leaving behind traditional learning methods in favor of more effective solutions that engage people and unleash hidden talent. Four imperatives need to be considered to change the future of learning.

1. Learning should be an experience. And the experience should be focused on discovering new things. Learning can actually be exciting and engaging; but, it needs to be discovered by people themselves. The times when learning was a process of merely transmitting content are over… so over! Albert Einstein once said: “It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. The value of an education is not the learning of many facts, but training  the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks”.

2. Learning should be meaningful. Optimal brain activation occurs when the material holds personal meaning, connects to our interests, is presented with elements of novelty, or evokes wonder. This is why attentiveness is so closely linked to personal meaning. Eric Jensen, a noted author in the field of brain-based learning, stressed that learning works best when the activity is intrinsically meaningful to the individual. Life is short! Learn only what you love!!

3. Learning is not about right or wrong answers. In many learning situations, we focus on the right or wrong answers to things. But there is a less structured, curiosity-driven paradigm which focusses not on what is absolutely right or wrong, but instead on what is surprising. If you can get out of the rut of right or wrong, you free up a natural capacity for experience-led, curiosity-driven learning. Instead of looking for the right answer try forming your own opinions!

4. Learning can and should be fun. Why do we assume that learning only occurs when people are serious and quiet? This anti-fun movement is being defeated by many neurologists and educators who have demonstrated that the highest-level executive thinking, connecting dots, and “aha” moments are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of “exuberant discovery,” where people retain the enthusiasm and embrace each activity with the joy of learning. So, it’s not just a moral stand, but a scientific one too. Please… have fun!!!

So if these simple facts actually lead to engagement, meaning and purpose, and, yes, learning, what is the right answer for education? We truly believe that learning should be exciting for everyone. We should resist the knee-jerk urge to declare something that is fun and exiting to be educationally inferior. Because learning is cool, and it can (and should) be used to rock your world

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