Brain friendly learning

Stella Collins was featured in Episode 64 of The Good Practice Podcast – What is Brain Friendly Learning.

Stella has written and published Neuroscience for Learning and Development and goes onto explain to Justin and James that she uses a broad definition for the term neuroscience;

“The study of the brain and nervous system.”

L&D professionals don’t need to understand the detail about how the brain works or which neurotransmitter spark and when. As long as there is an understanding of the way people learn and an aim to provoke curiosity as this is a helpful way to support people’s learning. I have previously shared an article about dopamine and curiosity; Curiosity according to Stella Collins.

The podcast explores how learning and development solutions need to spark emotions in learners as this will help recall information and Stella discusses some workable methodology’s which can be practically implemented. Neuroscience for Learning and Development delves into this further and provides practical ideas to reduce information transfer and increase retention.

The brain learns in the same way, therefore the below ideas can be practically applied when designing any learning and development solution, either face to face, blending or digital;

  • Link a new subject to something which is already known,
  • Use emotions to give the information strength,
  • Create anchors to link information together,
  • Help learners understand why this information is important ,
  • Raise the attention levels of learns make the information stand out,
  • Use scenarios and anecdotes to create stories,
  • Present the information in chunks,
  • Use as many senses as possible.

Understanding neuroscience in learning is a journey which can be daunting for practitioners. Once interventions are embraced and applied, these methods can then be reviewed and enhanced. Overall this knowledge may become good practice across the learning and development profession as commonly known learning styles are being continuously challenged.

In my role as Digital Learning Designer it is difficult to meet all learning styles and feel that the practical tools presented by Stella Collins can be implemented in a way which will engage learners.  I would highly recommend listening to The Good Practice Podcast and if you would like further detail into this area, read Neuroscience for Learning and Development.

The views and opinions expressed in the resources shared are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views do not necessarily reflect those of Focus N Develop.




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