I’ve signed up for a day course with the author of Brain-based learning , Mr Eric Jensen which will be held next Monday, 30th January. To be honest, I have not read his book yet but the premise of designing learning to match the latest human knowledge of how the brain works resonates with me. Back in Unisydney when I was doing my Master of Learning Science, we were constantly exhorted to refine and not be afraid to discard entrenched/traditional teaching practices in light of new evidence from the cognitive or neuro-sciences. This sounds like a logical thing to do, but in practise it’s very difficult because of organizational culture and our own cognitive biases.
Nevertheless I expect to have a stimulating time at the course and hope to be able to get some comments from Mr Jensen about the latest events like the release of multi-touch textbooks with iBooks 2 and new social LMSes like Coursekit.
I now leave you to watch this short video of Jensen telling us the kind of teaching he is espousing.