The Secret to Learning

Business isn’t the only thing going through a huge change. So is education, and that means education for business, too.

MOOCs (massive open online courses) offer everyone with an internet connection the opportunity to learn whatever they want from the best.  I took a Behavioural Economics course from Dan Ariely of Duke University (and author of Predictably Irrational among other books).

Seth Godin of publishing experiment, Domino Project fame, is on to a new experiment around MOOC and learning research called Krypton Community College. The idea is that, rather than individuals taking a course, a group will take a course together.

Learning research shows that people learn best within groups. It’s the idea behind the flipped classroom: watch the video lecture at night, do the work and discuss the material as a group during class time.

In Your Effortless Business I talk about how important it is for you to belong to a group. The only examples I gave in the book are mastermind groups, but I tried to leave the language open enough to get you thinking about other kinds of groups like this.

Learning in business will not end, can’t end or we’ll be left behind. The good news is that it is getting easier and easier to engage in learning.

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  1. Ronald Reardon

     /  September 10, 2013

    …profound except that every thing is not always in black or white. Ideas and conclusions always need to be validated by some one….

  2. Exactly, Ronald, which is why the research shows that group work is so important to learning. We all hear things differently. Discussion brings ideas forward for testing.


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