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Complexity: students learn “success” is getting multiple-choice questions right … no wonder graduates are stunned by the intricacy of real life

Complexity: students learn “success” is getting multiple-choice questions right … no wonder graduates are stunned by the intricacy of real life

January 24, 2019 2 min read

Simplicity is a virtue, but the world is complex. Education is all about “rules of thumb” and ele...
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Development-based: redo levels or episodes as often as necessary to master the material

Development-based: redo levels or episodes as often as necessary to master the material

January 23, 2019 2 min read

The point of education built around knowledge-acquisition (which is what almost ALL of our educat...
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Editable: Students cheat – those that do not, worry that others will; ergo, any assessment tool must be quickly and easily mutable

Editable: Students cheat – those that do not, worry that others will; ergo, any assessment tool must be quickly and easily mutable

January 22, 2019 2 min read

Ten years ago, a group of us tried to develop what has now become Interactive Learning eXperience...
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Foundational: schools are all about memorization of concepts; success in life is about the application of mental models

Foundational: schools are all about memorization of concepts; success in life is about the application of mental models

January 21, 2019 2 min read

Somehow, during the time I’ve been a professor, higher education slipped into being all about con...
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Grounded: we cannot effectively get children into adulthood until we get the ivory tower out of higher education

Grounded: we cannot effectively get children into adulthood until we get the ivory tower out of higher education

January 20, 2019 1 min read

Education lacks reality.  This is not a profound insight – for more than a century the phrase “iv...
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Hypothesis-driven: good strategists develop hypotheses, then test them to see if those chosen strategies can be successful; do you?

Hypothesis-driven: good strategists develop hypotheses, then test them to see if those chosen strategies can be successful; do you?

January 19, 2019 1 min read

After meeting with the Prime Minister, my consulting team gathered in the hotel pool (with drinks...
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Individual: I confess that I have given passing grades to hundreds of students who did not deserve it

Individual: I confess that I have given passing grades to hundreds of students who did not deserve it

January 18, 2019 2 min read

As I was already in a career in business while I was starting my teaching career, I knew that man...
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Judicial: education is feedback; student decisions must be constantly critiqued, not just “scored”

Judicial: education is feedback; student decisions must be constantly critiqued, not just “scored”

January 17, 2019 2 min read

University instructors don’t give feedback. Sure, a grade is given, but real criticism—the kind d...
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Kinetic: to engage students keep plot, place, and people are constantly on the move – our brains learn and retain more in unfamiliar setting

Kinetic: to engage students keep plot, place, and people are constantly on the move – our brains learn and retain more in unfamiliar setting

January 16, 2019 1 min read

When most of us think of video-games, we think of powerful lifelike graphics and expensive sound ...
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Logical: many top graduates do not know how to make a coherent, consistent argument and defend it – but even in the Attention Economy, it must be taught

Logical: many top graduates do not know how to make a coherent, consistent argument and defend it – but even in the Attention Economy, it must be taught

January 15, 2019 3 min read

Over thirty years of teaching, I have seen a gradual decline in graduates’ abilities to develop c...
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Managerial: new graduates are awful at dealing with real people in real organizations because universities are not equipped to teach those skills

Managerial: new graduates are awful at dealing with real people in real organizations because universities are not equipped to teach those skills

January 14, 2019 2 min read

I know I should not admit this, but I have wanted to slap a lot of my students up-side-the-head d...
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Nurturing: real education is constant feedback from mentors who want the student to succeed

Nurturing: real education is constant feedback from mentors who want the student to succeed

January 13, 2019 1 min read

Think about the teachers who had the biggest influence on you.  I’d bet almost anything that thos...
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