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Interactive Learning eXperiences: the backstage capabilities in 26 words


John Beck - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wholly-contained: teacher in a box? more like teacher in the cloud…

Whenever I start describing our Interactive Learning eXperiences to someone in education, the immediate response is “oh, you are creating simulations.” This just annoys me. I-L-Xs are not simulations. I don’t have anything against simulations in general, but the way they are used in education is generally as a simple, “single idea” tools, designed to fit easily into a class-based lesson. Students work through the simulation as homework or during .. More...

John Beck - Monday, August 14, 2017

Xenial: hospitable even to those who feel like they are “strangers” in education-land

Xenial: hospitable even to those who feel like they are “strangers” to education Okay, granted, I could have chosen Xperiential for the X word, but it turns out there is an even more appropriate word to describe what we are doing with Interactive Learning eXperiences: xenial – the opposite of xenophobic. We have, from the beginning, been creating these so that you don’t have to be a bookworm or a test-acer or a video-gamer or anything in particular to feel comf .. More...

John Beck - Friday, August 11, 2017

Young-ish: the misleading myth that education should be different for different adult age groups

In my three decade-long tour through business schools, I've heard this one really stupid question more times than I can possibly count: "So are you an undergraduate, graduate or executive teacher?" Most professors — and even more administrators — are convinced that these "types" of students require very different teaching styles ... and figure that instructors can't "cross over." This is pure tripe. Sure executives want to hear themselves talk more — and they sometimes .. More...

John Beck - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Zenithal: students reaching peak learning at their own pace

Most students I have taught in this last decade will probably remember some version of this graph (trust me, it didn't look this nice when I drew it with stick figures). You might have seen me substitute Learning for Performance because there is strong brain-science evidence that pressure or stress improves the learning process ... up to a point. And it is exactly that "point" to which I-L-Xs like OneDay are designed to drive each individual player; to the highest possible level of learning .. More...

John Beck - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

I-L-X: A backstage tour in 26 words

"Well, no teacher could ever do all of that" was how the partner of a big consulting firm reacted to an I-L-X when she finally understood everything it was doing It is very hard to describe Interactive Learning eXperiences. I call them videogames a lot, but they really are not. In fact, “experience” is the best anyone can come up with once they’ve experienced it. But a less clunky name would be great… if you have suggestions, I& .. More...