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Science Of The Brain: New Ways To Engage Adult Learners
 

Science Of The Brain: New Ways To Engage Adult Learners

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Q: What weighs three pounds, has more than 1,000 trillion connections and controls your annual meeting? ...

Q: What weighs three pounds, has more than 1,000 trillion connections and controls your annual meeting?
A: Your attendee's human brain.

This thinking muscle affects your conference success more than you realize. Yet, often we plan meetings and events without thinking about the impact of our meeting design on the attendee's brain. For example, talking heads, passive listeners, audience engagement, active participation or something in between? What is the best way to provide education at conference and events? Which juices the brain? Today's brain science has identified several critical strategies to consider during the conference planning process. Implementing these will create sizzle and substance for your brain-friendly conference.

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    • Science Of The Brain: New Ways To Engage Adult Learners 1
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    • 1. Compare & contrast information, education & learning.2. Identify Six Brain-Friendly strategies for presentations.3. Discuss how to apply these strategies to meetings and education. 5
    • Roadways
    • We can’t pour info intolisteners’ brains
    • Is there a difference between education & information? 30
    • A cellular process Eric Kandel, Nobel Prize, 2000
    • Teaches skills in critical thinking problem solving collaboration decision making evaluation analysis
    • an active process that takes place in theworking memory as the learner abstractsmeaning and connects with existingknowledge in long-term memory
    • an active process that takes place in theworking memory as the learner abstractsmeaning and connects with existingknowledge in long-term memory
    • must be given time for making meaning & connectingnew info with knowledge in long-term memory
    • 1. Attending to information, words & visuals2. Providing context & meaning-making
    • 1. Attending to information, words & visuals2. Providing context & meaning-making3. Connecting & comparing4. Integrating into long-term memory
    • Hear It or Learn It?
    • Talking Head
    • Talking HeadPassive Listener
    • of Academy activities 1991 Berkley Study
    • 1991 Berkley Study
    • Bligh, 2000
    • Bligh, 2000
    • People usually forget90% of what they learn in a class within 30 days. Majority of loss occurs within hours of class. German psychologist & memory researcher Hermann Ebbinghaus
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #1 Talking Trumps Listening
    • Your brain can hold 5 pieces of information forfor 30 seconds.
    • It must be repeated to move to working memoryor it disappears.
    • The brain neuron is waiting for a repeat signalof info or it resets.
    • If repeated, it moves to working memory for 60minutes or more.
    • Talking increases retentionTalking builds relationships
    • Talking elicits feedbackTalking enhances self-worth
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #1 Talking Trumps Listening
    • How do this impact conferences &education? 1. Talking trumps listening. 59
    • The brain doesnot pay attentionto boring things
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2Chunking content trumps information dumps 10 minutes
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2 Content should be chunked in 10 minute segments
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2 Anchor 10 min segments with Stories Relevancy Problems content solves
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2 10-20 minutes of content then 10-20 minutes discussion
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #1 Talking Trumps Listening
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2Chunking content trumps information dumps 10 minutes
    • Tractor Pastel AirplaneGreen Quickly JumpApple Ocean LaughZero Nicely TallWeather Countertop 70
    • Group 1: determine number of letters that have diagonal lines in them and the number that do not. 71
    • Group 2: Think about the meaning of each word. Rate the word on a scale of 1-10, 10 most like. 72
    • Tractor Pastel AirplaneGreen Quickly JumpApple Ocean LaughZero Nicely TallWeather Countertop 73
    • Write down as many of thewords as you remember 74
    • Tractor Pastel AirplaneGreen Quickly JumpApple Ocean LaughZero Nicely TallWeather Countertop 75
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #3 Meaning Trumps Content 76
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #1 Talking Trumps Listening
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2Chunking content trumps information dumps 10 minutes
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #3 Meaning Trumps Content 79
    • FightFlight
    • 1. Can I eat it?2. Will it eat me?3. Can I mate with it?
    • Fighting Feeding FleeingReproductive behavior
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #4 Safety Trumps Learning Participant must feel safe & not threatened
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #1 Talking Trumps Listening
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2Chunking content trumps information dumps 10 minutes
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #3 Meaning Trumps Content 88
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #4 Safety Trumps Learning
    • How do these impact conferences &education? 1. Chunking trumps info dump. 2. Meaning trumps content. 3. Safety trumps learning. 90
    • IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBI
    • IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBI
    • IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBIBrain pays attention to patterns
    • IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBIBrain pays attention to patternsFormer knowledge hooks content
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #5 IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBIPatterns trump new information
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #1 Talking Trumps Listening
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2Chunking content trumps information dumps 10 minutes
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #3 Meaning Trumps Content 98
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #4 Safety Trumps Learning
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #5 IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBIPatterns trump new information
    • • Death by Bullets• Powerpointless presentations• Cognitive Overload• Too much text on a slide• White/light fonts on dark slides• Great way to lull audience to sleep• Does not stimulate the brain to learn• Go against brain-friendly strategies• Decreases learning
    • • Death by Bullets • Powerpointless presentations• Powerpointless presentations • Cognitive Overload• Cognitive Overload • Too much text on a slide• Too much text on a slide • White/light fonts on dark slides• White/light fonts on dark slides • Great way to lull audience to sleep• Great way to lull audience to sleep • Does not stimulate the brain to learn• Does not stimulate the brain to learn • Go against brain-friendly strategies• Go against brain-friendly strategies • Decreases learning• Decreases learning • Death by Bullets• Death by Bullets • Powerpointless presentations• Powerpointless presentations • Cognitive Overload• Cognitive Overload • Too much text on a slide• Too much text on a slide • White/light fonts on dark slides• White/light fonts on dark slides • Great way to lull audience to sleep• Great way to lull audience to sleep • Does not stimulate the brain to learn• Does not stimulate the brain to learn • Go against brain-friendly strategies• Go against brain-friendly strategies • Decreases learning• Decreases learning• Death by Bullets
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #6Images Trump Words
    • Vision trumps senses in retention & learning
    • Pears
    • Recognition doubles with pictures
    • 50% of brain processing devoted to visuals
    • We see with our brains, not eyes
    • Primarily oral, we recall
    • Primarily visual, we recall 3x as much from listening
    • Primarily oral & visual, we recall 6x as much from listening
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    • Brain Friendly Strategy #1 Talking Trumps Listening
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2Chunking content trumps information dumps 10 minutes
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #3 Meaning Trumps Content 119
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #4 Safety Trumps Learning
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #5 IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBIPatterns trump new information
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #6Images Trump Words
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #7 Answers trump data
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #7 Answers trump dataThink of your content as answers to problems
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #7 Take time to explain the questions
    • Your brain likes to solve problems
    • Successfully solving problems releases dopamine
    • Brain & body flooded with rush positive feelings
    • Does the contentmake attendeesthink
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #1 Talking Trumps Listening
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #2Chunking content trumps information dumps 10 minutes
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #3 Meaning Trumps Content 132
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #4 Safety Trumps Learning
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #5 IRSYMCAWTFIBMKGBFBIPatterns trump new information
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #6Images Trump Words
    • Brain Friendly Strategy #7 Answers trump data
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