Becoming Creative Super Learners at IMU!


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Imagine if you could read a 200-page book in 20 minutes? In today’s information overloaded disruptive world driven increasingly by innovation, we are required more than ever to transform the way we learn and think in terms of speed and creativity.

In this talk, Zaid explores some of the things that we can do to stimulate and empower our brains and senses to be more focused, learn faster, and think more creatively.

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Becoming Creative Super Learners at IMU!

  1. 1. Future Learning Methods? Learn While Sleeping! Massive Open Sleeping Courses! Super Delta Brain Wave Learning!
  2. 2. Learning Chips! Future Learning Methods? Learning Pills! Learning Implants & Super Learning Neurons!
  3. 3. Five Categories of Brainwaves Gamma Brainwaves (40Hz or higher) The brainwave that is able to link and process information from all parts of the brain. It is the frequency that brings with it the ability to process large amounts of information in relatively small amounts of time.
  4. 4. Video: Super Brain Yoga (research report: Super Brain Yoga (SlideShare): Instructions:
  5. 5. Learn to “De-Switch" Your Brain!
  7. 7. 1 LEARNING
  8. 8. “LIVE as if you were to die tomorrow. LEARN as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  9. 9. Human Vs. Goldfish The average attention span for humans in 2000 = 12 seconds! SECONDS Average attention spans in 2013?
  10. 10. A Crash Course on How Our BRAIN LEARNS… 1. EXERCISE - Exercise boosts brain power. 2. SURVIVAL - The brain is a survival organ. 3. WIRING - Every brain is wired differently. 4. ATTENTION - We don't pay attention to boring things. 5. SHORT-TERM MEMORY - Repeat to remember. 6. LONG-TERM MEMORY - Remember to repeat. 7. SLEEP - Sleep well, think well. 8. STRESS - Stressed brains don't learn the same way. 9. SENSORY INTEGRATION - Stimulate more of the senses. 10. VISION - Vision trumps all other senses. 11. GENDER - Male and female brains are different. 12. EXPLORATION - We are powerful and natural explorers. Summary: Dr. John Medina
  11. 11. Brain-Targeted Teaching: Rules: Explore Brain-Designed Learning… Minute Rule …to Stimulate the Brain and Maximize the Students’ Potential. 10
  12. 12. Engage Students to Learn! Average retention rate 5% 10% 20% 30% 50% 75% Lecture Reading Audiovisual Demonstration Discussion Group Practice by Doing TEACHING OTHERS 90%
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  14. 14. Research shows us that each learning style uses different parts of the brain. By involving more of the brain during learning, we remember more of what we learn. Learning Choices: Diagram adapted from: LEARNING STYLES Learning Styles
  15. 15. REQUIRED FOR LIFE! Learning Styles WHY? MASTER ALL
  16. 16. 2 MINDSET
  17. 17. “Study without DESIRE spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  18. 18. FOCUS! “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs "Focusing is about saying no" Video: To Facebook Or NOT to
  19. 19. Optimizing Your Mind & Body for Learning? 1. Define your targets! 2. Breath to relax! 3. Do Super Brain Yoga! 4. Visualize that you will succeed! 5. Choose brain stimulating places to study! 6. Use natural light whenever possible! 7. Take Power Naps to reenergize the brain! 8. Eat healthy and light to stay alert! 9. Mix with People that are hungry to learn! 10. You can learn anything! Yes, you can!
  20. 20. 3 reading
  21. 21. “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  22. 22. The Rate of Medical Knowledge is… “…doubling every three years currently and projected to be doubling every 73 DAYS by 2020…”
  23. 23. Is this True? Malaysian Reading Habits? 1996 2 pages of a book a year. 2005 2 books a year. 2010 8 – 12 books a year. *Western countries? At least 20 books a year. - The National Library Malaysia
  24. 24. PISA 2012: Malaysia? Malaysia ranked 52nd overall out of the 65 OECD participating countries. *OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  25. 25. Girls Rock! PISA 2012: Malaysia’s Reading Stats…  Average performance in reading of 15-year-olds is 398 points, compared to an average of 496 points in OECD countries.  Girls perform better than boys with a statistically significant difference of 40 points (OECD average: 38 points higher for girls).
  26. 26. How do you read a…? 1 52 43 6
  27. 27. What about PowerPoint? Anatomy & Physiology presentation : EFFECTIVE for deep understanding and learning?
  28. 28. Your Speed Reading Level? Speed reading empowers you with more time for deep reflection and exploring new frontiers of your learning domain(s). *wpm: Words Per Minute
  29. 29. Source: Juggling has been shown to increase both GREY and WHITE MATTER in the brain! Did You Know? It empowers you to FOCUS BETTER, THINK FASTER and improve your PERIPHERAL VISION, which are critical for speed reading.
  30. 30. SQ3R mind map: SMART READING?
  31. 31. Speed Reading Tips? 12 Speed Reading Tips: To be revealed during the ____!
  32. 32. Speed Reading Learning Tool? 8 More Speed Reading Tools: Acceleread:
  33. 33. ReadSpeeder:
  34. 34. 4 CURATING
  35. 35. “Education without application is just entertainment.” — Tim Sanders
  36. 36. CURATING? How do you FIND what you are looking for online? Curating refers to the process of COLLECTING, ORGANIZING and SHARING resources relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.
  37. 37. Other Tools?
  38. 38. Connect, Network & Discover Using… Article:
  39. 39. Social Curation/Bookmarking Tools… To Pull, Discover, Filter, Organize & Share!
  40. 40. To Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share your Research Sources! Social Citations/Referencing Tools... Zotero: End Note:
  41. 41. 5 MEMORY
  42. 42. “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” ― E.M. Forster
  43. 43. He is known for his ability to draw from memory a landscape after seeing it just once. The Human Camera Stephen Wiltshire His website: Video:
  44. 44. Cartoon: SHORT-TERM MEMORY!
  45. 45. Adapted from: ` Memory Processing Model FORGETTING Attention Encoding Retrieval REMEMBERINGI N P U T Sensory Memory Short-Term Memory Long-Term Memory
  46. 46. Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve Source:
  47. 47. Study Smart! Source: Brooke Thio The Learning Power of Spaced Repetition!
  48. 48. Primacy & Recency Effect Diagram source: When asked to recall a list of items in any order (free recall), people tend to begin recall with the end of the list, recalling those items best (the recency effect). Among earlier list items, the first few items are recalled more frequently than the middle items (the primacy effect).
  49. 49. Mind Maps Mind Map Guidelines: Mind Maps in Medicine: Min maps help learners comprehend, see the big picture, create new ideas, and build connections.
  50. 50. Mnemonics Med Mnemonics SODA: Mnemonics: Mnemonics are learning memory techniques that help learners recall larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts, phases, etc.
  51. 51. The Method of Loci (Memory Palace) is a method of memorizing information by placing each item to be remembered at a point along an imaginary journey. The information can then be recalled in a specific order by retracing the same route through the imaginary journey. Memory Palace: of Loci: MEMORY PALACE
  52. 52. More Super Memory Tips? How to Develop Super Memory: To be revealed during the ____!
  53. 53. 6 THINKING
  54. 54. Abbott and Costello 13 X 7 is 28: 13 x 7 = 28 Agree?
  55. 55. Is This You? OPEN MINDED about other people’s views? HONEST to yourself (or others) when you are wrong? COURAGE and PASSION to take initiative and confront challenges? AWARE of your own biases and preconceptions? WELCOME CRITICISM from other people? INDEPENDENT opinions and not afraid to disagree?
  56. 56. Thinking Tools empower us to use our minds more systematically and effectively to generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions and be more innovative. Hexagon Modelling Fishbone Diagram Five Ws and H Disney Creativity StrategyF-R-E-E-Writing Gap Analysis Six Thinking Hats Snowball Technique SuperHeroes Systematic Inventive Thinking Think Tank Why Why Why SWOT Analysis TRIZ Visual Brainstorming Lateral Thinking NLP Delphi Force-Field Analysis
  57. 57. One Example?
  58. 58. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
  59. 59. THE DREAMER  What are you trying to make or achieve?  What excites and inspires you about it?  If you could wave a magic wand and do anything you like – what would you create? How would it look? What could you do with it? How would that make you feel? THE REALIST  What resources do you need to make this happen – people, money, materials and technology?  What’s your plan?  What obstacles will you face? How will you get round them? THE CRITIC At critical stages of the project, step back from your work and ask yourself:  How does this look? What about the big picture? And the fine detail? How do I feel when I examine it?  How would it look to a customer? A user? A member of the audience? The client? An expert in this field?  Is this the best I/we can do? What would make it better? Disney's Creative Thinking Strategy Article:
  60. 60. 7 MOVING Forward
  61. 61. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” - Albert Einstein
  62. 62. Start Rewiring Your Brain NOW!  Explore how the BRAIN learns.  Optimize your MIND and senses for super learning.  Learn how to speed READ with comprehension.  Use social CURATION tools to make sense of information overload.  Apply various remembering techniques to awaken and empower your super MEMORY.  Use tools to empower creative and critical THINKING.
  63. 63. “Our brains can be rewired to become ‘Creative Super Learners’ at any age.” - Zaid Ali Alsagoff
  64. 64. Have a ZaidLearn! Finally, You Might Want To…
  65. 65. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning Manager E-mail : Blog : Slides : Twitter: IMU : DID : +603-2731 7327 Ext. : 3115
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