Becoming Creative Super Learners at #Moodlemooc


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Imagine if you could read a 200-page book in 20 minutes? In today’s disruptive information overloaded 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 online session, we will explore 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. The most important message is that our brains can be rewired to be ‘Creative Super Learners’ at any age.

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Becoming Creative Super Learners at #Moodlemooc

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  4. 4. Future Learning Methods? Learn While Sleeping! Massive Open Sleeping Courses! Super Delta Brain Wave Learning!
  5. 5. Future Learning Methods? Learning Pills! Learning Chips! Learning Implants & Super Learning Neurons!
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Let’s First Do Some… SUPERBRAIN Yoga …To ENERGIZE and ACTIVATE the brain by synchronizing ALPHA brain waves. Video: Super Brain Yoga (research report: Super Brain Yoga (SlideShare): Instructions:
  8. 8. Learn to “De-Switch" Your Brain!
  10. 10. 1 LEARNING
  11. 11. Human Vs. Goldfish Average attention spans in 2013? SECONDS The average attention span for humans in 2000 = 12 seconds!
  12. 12. A Crash Course on How Our BRAIN LEARNS… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. EXERCISE - Exercise boosts brain power. SURVIVAL - The brain is a survival organ. WIRING - Every brain is wired differently. ATTENTION - We don't pay attention to boring things. SHORT-TERM MEMORY - Repeat to remember. Dr. John Medina LONG-TERM MEMORY - Remember to repeat. SLEEP - Sleep well, think well. STRESS - Stressed brains don't learn the same way. SENSORY INTEGRATION - Stimulate more of the senses. VISION - Vision trumps all other senses. GENDER - Male and female brains are different. EXPLORATION - We are powerful and natural explorers. Summary:
  13. 13. Explore Brain-Designed Learning… John Medina …to Stimulate the Brain and Maximize the Students’ Potential. Brain Rules: Brain-Targeted Teaching:
  14. 14. How can we use Technology to TRANSFORM Learning?
  15. 15. TEST-Learning Framework ENVIRONMENT Support Training Online *F2F: Face-to-Face *MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses *OERs: Open Educational Resources *X-Gogy: Peda/Andra/etc./gogies F2F LEARNING LEARNING OUTCOME(S) x-Gogy Learning Styles Technology Knowledge Technology TEACHER ASSESSMENT Knowledge STUDENT CONTENT / ACTIVITIES Motivation Motivation OERs Substitution TOOLS MOOCs Redefinition T R A N S F O R M AT I O N Modification - Zaid Ali Alsagoff
  16. 16. 2 reading
  17. 17. The Rate of Medical Knowledge is… “…doubling every three years currently and projected to be doubling every 73 DAYS by 2020…”
  18. 18. Malaysian Reading Habits? 1996 2 pages of a book a year. Is this True? 2005 2 books a year. 2010 8 – 12 books a year. - The National Library Malaysia *Western countries? At least 20 books a year.
  19. 19. PISA 2012: Malaysia? Malaysia ranked 52nd overall out of the 65 OECD participating countries. *OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  20. 20. 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). Girls Rock!
  21. 21. Your Speed Reading Level? *wpm: Words Per Minute Reading fast empowers you with more time for deep reflection and exploring new frontiers of your domain.
  22. 22. Did You Know? Juggling has been shown to increase both GREY and WHITE MATTER in the brain! It empowers you to FOCUS BETTER, THINK FASTER and improve your PERIPHERAL VISION, which are critical for speed reading. Source:
  23. 23. Speed Reading Tool? Acceleread: 8 More Speed Reading Tools:
  24. 24. Speed Reading Tips? 12 Speed Reading Tips:
  25. 25. 3 CURATING
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. Other Tools?
  28. 28. Social Curation/Bookmarking Tools… To Pull, Discover, Filter, Organize & Share!
  29. 29. Social Citations/Referencing Tools... To Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share your Research Sources! RefWorks: Mendeley: End Note: Citeulike: Zotero:
  30. 30. 4 Typing
  31. 31. How Fast Can You Type? I TOUCH only! ME too!
  32. 32. Typing Skills? What was I THINKING again? 1. The faster you can type, the more time you will have to think and do. Chat e-mails 2. Once you are capable of typing as fast as you think, you will think twice about using a pen again. 3. Good typing skills is a requirement to enjoy teaching and learning online. Online Typing/Keyboard Training Tools: Forums Feedback Assessment
  33. 33. 5 THINKING
  34. 34. 13 x 7 = 28 Agree? Abbott and Costello 13 X 7 is 28:
  35. 35. 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?
  36. 36. Should I Move? Why?
  37. 37. F-R-E-E-Writing Disney Creativity Strategy Fishbone Diagram Hexagon Modelling NLP Force-Field Analysis Gap Analysis Delphi Visual Brainstorming Snowball Technique Lateral Thinking Five Ws and H SWOT Analysis Why Why Why Six Thinking Hats Think Tank TRIZ Systematic Inventive Thinking SuperHeroes Thinking Tools empower us to use our minds more systematically and effectively to generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions and be more innovative.
  38. 38. One Example?
  39. 39. Edward de Bono “The six thinking hats is a method for doing one sort of thinking at a time.”
  40. 40. Process Objective Negative Feelings Positive Creative
  41. 41. Benefits of Using 6 Thinking Hats  Role-playing (Put the hat on, take the hat off, switch hats, and signal your thinking)  Encourage creative, parallel and lateral thinking  Improve communication  Speed up decision making  Avoid debate  Detaching the Ego  Occasional Use (Single Hat)  Sequence Use
  42. 42. White Hat - Objective Facts, Figures, Data and Information Questions:  What information do we have here?  What information is missing?  What information would we like to have?  How are we going to get the information?
  43. 43. Red Hat – Feelings Feelings, Intuition, Emotions and Hunches No need to justify the feelings. How do I feel about this right now? Examples:  My gut-feeling is that this will not work.  I don't like the way this is being done.  This proposal is terrible.  My intuition tells me that prices will fall soon.
  44. 44. Black Hat - Negative Caution, Difficulty, Judgment and Assessment Questions:  Is this true?  Will it work?  What are the weaknesses?  What is wrong with it? Critical Thinking Hat
  45. 45. Yellow Hat - Positive Benefits, Feasibility and Optimism Questions:  Why is this worth doing?  What are the benefits?  Why can it be done?  Why will it work?
  46. 46. Green Hat - Creative Creative Ideas, Alternatives, Suggestions, and Proposals Questions:  Are there any additional alternatives?  Could we do this in a different way?  Could there be another explanation?  What are some possible solutions and courses of action? Creative Thinking Hat
  47. 47. Blue Hat - Process Sums up what is learned. Organization of thinking. Thinking about the thinking process (Reflection). Examples:  Set the agenda.  Suggest the next steps.  Ask for other hats.  Ask for summaries, conclusions, and decisions. Meta-Cognition Hat
  48. 48. Sequence Use – Seeking an Idea White Gather available information. Green Explore and generate alternatives. Yellow Assess the benefits and feasibility of each alternative. Black Assess the weaknesses of each alternative. Green Further develop the most promising alternatives and make a choice. Blue Summarize and assess what has been achieved so far. Black Make the final judgment on the chosen alternative. Red Find out the feelings on the outcome.
  49. 49. Sequence Use – Reacting to a Presented Idea Red Find out the existing feelings about the idea. Yellow Find out the benefits in the idea. Black Point out the weaknesses, problems and dangers in the idea. Green See if the idea can be modified to strengthen the yellowhat benefits and to overcome the black-hat problems. White See if available information can help in modifying the idea to make it more acceptable. Green Develop the final suggestion. Black Judge the final suggestion. Red Find out the feeling on the outcome.
  50. 50. Sequence Use – Short Sequences       Yellow/Black/Red: Quick assessment (idea) White/Green: Generate ideas Black/Green: Improve an existing idea Blue/Green: Summarize & suggest alternatives Blue/Yellow: Any benefits? (e.g. the idea) Etc… “...Be open-minded and creative about the sequence use, too!”
  51. 51. 6 episode III?
  52. 52. …Will be Explored in Episode III! THINKING MEMORIZING NOTE TAKING VISUALIZING COLLABORATING SPEAKING LEADING *Yellow (text): Will be explored in Episode III (Coming Soon)
  53. 53. Episode III? Coming Soon!
  54. 54. When? Where?
  55. 55. “Our brains can be rewired to become ‘Creative Super Learners’ at any age.” - Zaid Ali Alsagoff
  56. 56. Finally, You Might Want To… Have a ZaidLearn!
  57. 57. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning Manager E-mail : Blog : Slides : Twitter: IMU : DID : +603-2731 7327 Ext. : 3115
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