Guest post*: Five ways education changes thought processes

It is true that education is instrumental in changing thought processes, yet few beyond the behaviorists give a great deal of thought to how those changes come about. While the content and quality of the education process are essential elements, it is helpful to also understand the internal processes that are the soil in which those changes take root and develop. Continue reading

Participation in distance learning reduces recidivism

Browsing the latest e-Learning Digest I noticed the link to a BBC article that confirmed that prisoners who engage in educational activities are less likely to reoffend. In particular, ‘Participation in distance learning was found to be the best reduction method.’ It’s nice to have this finding reconfirmed, all the more so for those of us who have taught members of the prison population. Continue reading

Guest post*: Social Media in Education: Revolution or Distraction?

It’s accepted that social media have changed the educational landscape. But is it a revolution or just a fleeting distraction? Or, more strongly, is it an angelic benefactor or the devil in disguise? Will social media serve as a panacea for the ills which plague modern education or will they destroy it? In short, are social media good or evil? Continue reading

Watch this! ‘Changing Education Paradigms’

If you’re a follower of TED (‘Ideas worth spreading’), you’ve probably watched Ken Robinson (that’s Sir Ken to you) on creativity in education (or lack thereof). He’s bright, persuasive and entertaining – and challenges conventional thinking. You don’t have to agree with him to get something from his presentations. Continue reading