Education Myths

Myth #1 (of 12): Education and Learning are two sides of the same coin.

For decades I used to believe that education (not educators) and learning were so interconnected that I assumed they were two sides of the same coin. However, over the past 10 years I have come to realize (through Masters research and working…

Myth #2 (of 12): E-learning & M-learning

If we don’t call people who make online purchases, ‘E-buyers’, then why to we call people who watch online content ‘E-learners’? Many will think this blog is about semantics, when it is about fundamental conceptual differences…

Myth #3 (of 12): Learning is linear

"Teaching to test, rather than to skill, extinguishes desirable traits like creativity and innovation in that student." (Gray, 2015) When is the last time you watched toddlers play? Whether playing alone or with others, they are innately…

Myth #4 (of 12): Formal, non-formal and informal learning

^^^Note: A review of Myth #1 and Myth #3 may be helpful at this point. Myth #4 (of 12): Formal, non-formal and informal learning  Learning is learning is learning. I, like Billet (Infed)* see learning as ubiquitous in human…

Myth #5 (of 12): Context doesn’t matter

Just as Schon (Infed) made the distinction between reflection-on-practice and reflection-in-practice, I will make a distinction between ‘context-of-curriculum’ and ‘context-in- curriculum’. ‘Context of’ refers to the “why”…

Myth #6 (of 12): Culture doesn’t matter.

I stated in Myth #3 that I have driven in 10 different countries – many that are nothing like driving in a developed country. To bring the same driving mindset from Canada into India or Saudi Arabia would end in disaster. Literally! A CEO…

Myth #7 (of 12): Most I.L.P’s are focused on the “I”

"Personalized learning requires a fluid classroom environment, where students work at a pace individual to them, circulating freely between individual workstations and teams.” (kim, 2015) Given the context of this quote, most ILP’s (Individual…

Myth #8 (of 12): Learning is past tense

Learned. Learn. Learning When we make the statement, “I learned ‘X’ the hard way”, it assumes that any learning associated with ‘X’ is complete. All learning is in the present = we are always adding, adapting or unlearning based…

Myth #9 (of 12): Micro learning is the future of education

“Pretty much every article I’ve read on “the next big thing” or “the future of learning” forgets the distinction between compliance, professional development, and capability acquisition.” (Bruck, 2015) This quote echoes my sentiments…

Myth #10 (of 12): Learning is a noun

Learning is an action verb: To learn Education is a noun. This distinction between ‘education’ and ‘to learn’ also makes me wonder if we need a brief discussion about Objectives vs. Outcomes. Many may think this is just a matter…

Myth #11 (of 12): Bloom is no longer relevant

Any organization, teacher, trainer or instructor who focuses on ‘noun’ objectives (see myth #10) can’t help but only focus on the cognitive domain. However, if you only focus on the cognitive domain, learners may have trouble in finding…

Myth #12 (of 12): ADDIE is outdated

There has been some lively discussion recently in LinkedIn concerning the best curriculum design method for today’s fast paced world. So perhaps its time to rethink the role of content in teaching and learning. A fresh perspective on this…