Useful ideas for enhancing learning
If you’re a good trainer and people are learning, you are fundamentally changing people’s brains, so it is worth understanding enough about the hardware and software that you’re working with to get the best results, according to Stella Collins in her book Neuroscience for Learning and Development: How to Apply Neuroscience and Psychology for Improved Learning and Training.
After an initial discussion of neuroscience and the biology of learning, the book goes on to describe a number of things which a teacher can do to make the learning experience more effective, including:
- Motivating learners by getting their brains into states which help them to learn
- Increasing the sensory inputs to make learning richer, stronger and more interesting
- Ways of optimising the level of attention aroused in the brains of learners
- Designing learning in ways which make sense to different learners
- Types of memories and ways of helping learners remember
- Testing, experimenting and practising as techniques for learning more effectively
- Effective reviewing to make learning stick
Most good teachers and trainers are continually searching for resources like this book to help make the learning process more effective for their students. In my opinion this book is certainly not the last word in learning and development, but it does contain quite a number of ideas which are well worth trying.