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Welcome to this e-learning course developed and produced by Dr Neil Thompson and hosted by Udemy. Neil is a well-published author in the people professions field, an international conference speaker and sought-after consultant.The overall aim of this course is to help you broaden and deepen your understanding of what is involved in learning, what can prevent it from happening and what you can do to maximize your learning.
Learning is part of everyday life and something we are very familiar with. But, that does not mean that we are making the most of the learning opportunities we encounter. Indeed, it is fair to say that, despite the emphasis on the importance of learning, relatively few people achieve optimal learning. This is because we can be so focused on getting our job done that we don't leave room for drawing out the learning from our daily experience.
This course has been developed to help you understand what is involved in learning, how learning can be blocked and what can be done to make sure that you learn as much as you reasonably can.
The course comprises a short introductory video followed by six main ‘lessons’, a concluding video and certificate of completion. It is best if you follow the course in the set order, as each lesson builds on the previous ones. From time to time you will be directed to your Module Companion E-book. You will need to download this from Lecture 2 and print it out. It will then be very useful for you (a) to take notes to consolidate your learning as you progress through the program; and (b) to undertake the exercises that are a core element of the course. Please ensure that you have a printed copy of the Module Companion E-book available before you commence Lesson 1.
The course is roughly equivalent to a full day's study, but can be completed in your own time and at your own pace; you don't have to complete it all in one go. Leave the course and come back to it whenever you like.
We very much hope you find this course not only interesting but also of practical benefit in maximizing your learning!
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|Section 1: Introduction|
This is a short introductory video that gives you an overview of the course. Watch this before you make a start on Lesson One.
|Lecture 2||24 pages|
This is the Module Companion E-book that you will need to print out. It provides you with somewhere to take notes as you work your way through the course and also contains the exercises that are associated with the main learning materials. So, it is an important part of your learning experience to help you get as much out of the course as possible.
|Section 2: Lesson 1: Why is learning to learn so important?|
Lesson1a: Can we improve our learning?Preview
Lesson1b: Active learning
Lesson1c: Professional expectations
|Section 3: Lesson 2: How does learning happen?|
Lesson2a: Learning processes
Lesson2b: Skill development
Lesson2c: Theory and practice
|Section 4: Lesson 3: Where does learning come from?|
Lesson3a: Reflective practice
Lesson3b: Other sources of learning
Lesson3c: Communities of learning
|Section 5: Lesson 4: What approaches to learning are there?|
Lesson4a: Learning styles and beyond
Lesson4b: Dimensions of learning
Lesson4c: Self-directed learning
|Section 6: Lesson 5: What can get in the way of learning?|
Lesson5a: Twenty obstacles to learning - Part one
Lesson5b: Obstacles to learning - Part two
Lesson5c: The importance of support
|Section 7: Lesson 6: How can we make learning happen?|
Lesson6a: Openness to learning
Lesson6b: Capitalizing on opportunities
Lesson6c: Obstacles to learning - Part three
|Section 8: End Matter|
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Dr Neil Thompson is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including 33 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts, and a board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He was formerly the editor of the US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss and now edits the free e-zine, THE humansolutions BULLETIN. His main interests are in the field of well-being: equality and diversity; conflict management; stress; loss, grief and trauma; and reflective practice. He is a sought-after conference speaker, consultant and facilitator.