Becoming an UberSmart Learner

What do we really mean when we use the word “learn”?
It is something we all do from the moment of birth, so most of us likely take this very complex process for granted.
How many of you have spent time trying to understand the meaning of learning, or how it occurs?
Although many of us have a general sense of what it means to learn, there are often many assumptions involved.
Teachers often assume that, because they are “teaching,”
students must be learning. Students assume that, because
they have read their text and memorized facts, they have learned something.
How do we know that the desired learning has happened ?
What are the roles of students and teachers in the learning process?
Are certain kinds of learning and thinking more valuable than others?
Are learners acquiring shallow learning, deep learning or profound learning?
What does sophisticated thinking look like and what are the developmental stages for getting there?
What kinds of skills and knowledge do employers desire in their prospective employees?
How do grades reflect a student’s thinking and learning?
What role does a good quality education play in modern society?
These are but a few questions to consider while reflecting on the purpose of a proper education.
 
For learners:
The modules a program for learners to  make them a better learner could cover the following: 
* Overcoming Procrastination and effective time management for better learning: Developing Good Study Habits
* Learning to read (with comprehension) then reading to learn
*  Improving your retention and recall (memorisation) skills
* Getting Sleep to work for you: the power of the sub-conscious mind
* Creating your own info-graphics for better learning
*  Examinations: Preparing for them and achieving high grades/marks
 
For teachers:
Teachers have an important role in developing an interest and  desire to learn and they could encourage their learners to:
* Use  the Internet and resources available through it to become a better learner
* Learning with Social Media
* Understanding concepts with mind-maps
* Using webquests for formulating good questions and finding answers
* Putting it all together: How to be able to learn anything?
 
For parents:
Parents need to address the following issues:
* Why are you under-performing? Understanding the Study and Exams Game
* First things first: profiling yourself as a learner: strengths and weaknesses
* Setting up your study environment, organising your study materials and learning tools.
* Getting motivated: from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation
 
For knowledge workers:
Once in the workplace, it is still a journey of continuous learning:
* Take charge of your learning: Developing a Personalised learning Plan
* Setting SMART Goals
*  Becoming a self-directed learner
* Reflecting upon one’s learning: Appreciating different strategies for different subjects.
*  Kemba Kaizen and Anuvrat: Cumulative improvement in small achievable steps
 
Book of the week:
This 24 page free booklet is a great resource for becoming a better learner : http://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/cfl/assets/documents/OtherDocuments/Becoming%20a%20better%20learner.pdf
 
Video of the week: 
10 Ways to Be a Better Learner (Jeff Cobb)
“In this talk, Jeff Cobb explores 10 Ways to Be a Better Learner, which was inspired by his work on the Mission to Learn blog, and consulting experience. Many of us simply weren’t all that well prepared by traditional schooling to handle the massive flow of information and the continual need for upgrading our knowledge and skills that are demanded by the “learning economy” in which we now live.
 
Website of the week: 
This website has links to 15 resources to make one a better self-learner: http://edudemic.com/2012/06/15-ways-to-become-a-better-self-learner/
 
Resource of the week: The resource this week is. Nano-learning object. An infographic.
Infographics are a great way of putting together a lot of data or facts on a single page, slide or poster. Here is one summarising the key skills in a 21st Century learner: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/11/a-must-have-poster-about-21st-century.html
 
App of the week:
Evernote (iPhone and Android — free): Ever wanted to note something down and not had access to a paper and pen? Your phone probably already has an inbuilt note-taking function, but Evernote provides so much more. You can attach images and audio to your notes, add your location and search through your notes for keywords at the click of a button (including text that appears in images). This means you can take photos of class handouts, search for keywords in the handout image, write your own summaries, carry your notes on your phone for viewing at any time and sync them with your computer — the possibilities are endless.
 
Quotes:
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” : Colin Powell 
 
” Learning should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life’s greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the minds of the noble and the learned.” :  Taylor Caldwell 

 

About mmpant

Prof. M.M.Pant has a Ph.D in Computational Physics, along with a Professional Law Degree, and has been a practitioner in the fields of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation. Drawing upon his experience in world class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training, Prof. Pant is now exploring the nature of institutions which will be successors to the IITs, which represented the 1960s, IIMs, which represented the 1970 and Open Universities which were the rage of 1980s & 90s. He believes that the convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed toward actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives that transform education in the post Internet post WTO era.. Prof. Pant, has been a Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and has been on the faculty of IIT – Kanpur (the premier Engineering institution in India), MLNR Engineering College and Faculty & Visiting Professor - University of Western Ontario-Canada. He has been visiting scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 papers published. During his association of almost 15 years with the IGNOU, Prof. Pant has served as the Director Computing and has been the Member of All Bodies (i.e. School boards, Academic council, Planning board, Finance committee and the Board of management). With his interest in Law, backed with practice of Law in a High Court, and his basic training in Science and IT, Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & trade mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT” Prof. Pant is presently; • Advisor to Media Lab Asia - Chairman of working group on ICT for Education, chairman of PRSG handling projects on ICT for education. • Lead Consultant for an ADB funded project for ICT in Basic Education in Uzbekistan • Member of the drafting Group for India’s National Policy on ICT in education • Chairman of the group creating books for class 11 and 12 students on ‘Computers and Communication Technology’ appointed by the NCERT • Preparing a ‘Theme Paper” for the NCTE in the area of ICT and Teacher Training • Advisor and mentor to several leading Indian and Multi-national Companies in the area of education. Prof. Pant has in the recent past been ; • Member – Board of Management – I I T, Delhi for 6 years (two consecutive terms) • One-man committee to create the Project Report & Legislation for Delhi IT-enabled Open University • Advisor to the Delhi Government on Asian Network of Major Cities Project (ANMC-21) distance learning project in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Government. • Chairman Board of Studies, All India Management Association With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman, along with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from Education & Training, Operations, IT and Finance.
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