Last week I watched this great video (linked below) and began to think about its potential implications for virtual classroom best practices.  As you start to fully appreciate our incredible ability to shape and reshape our minds as we learn, and how that can be leveraged in an iterative process, it opens up possibilities for trainers that seemed positively futuristic just a few years ago.

But then a question kept nagging at me; how much of this thinking are we seeing in virtual learning or indeed in immersive-learning on a broad basis?

Are we leveraging this new understanding of the way the human brain works in the learning we deliver? Virtual education and virtual classrooms are all well and good, but if the content and delivery are not based on the science shared in this presentation and many like it, are we taking full advantage of the most powerful resources we have in any organization … our minds?

I’d love to hear your views on the opportunities this creates and what, if anything, you have changed in your own approach to teaching and training, given what we now know about how the human mind learns?

Training has always been about changing minds, but sometimes the hardest minds to change are those of the teachers.

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