The Power of a Pause

In the hyperbolically accelerating world we live in, it feels like taking time to pause for any length of time is something we cannot afford to do. With a pause we lag behind. With a pause we are not giving it our all. It comes with a measure of guilt. We need to act, now – and quickly. All too …

Why you should continue your #scicomm efforts – despite the ridicule.

If you follow twitter #scicomm tag on twitter you will be exposed to a lot of angst about “should I or shouldn’t I.” Apparently scientific communication (let’s just call it scicomm for brevity) efforts are ridiculed by more “serious” peers and thought of as tangential or irrelevant to achieving success in science. I would consider anyone in the ridicule camp …

Why Citizen Science Matters

Years ago, in the far western Pacific Ocean, I was working to understand the condition of coral reefs. Some areas were coral rich, had abundant colorful fish and would on occasion treat you to a sighting of a rocketing shark, bumbling sea turtle, or giant, turquoise Napoleon wrasse. Other areas were murky, covered with a scruffy carpet of algae and …

Whats wrong with the one day training workshop?

Medium’s The Higher Education Revolution just published my article on about this topic. I break down some of the short comings of intense training sessions and provide suggestions about how to improve the learning experience from the perspective of both students and teachers. Read the full post, just a five minute read, on Medium.

Overcome Hurdles to new Technology Adoption with On-Demand Training

I just published an post on Medium about how to use technology and in particular on demand learning platforms- to enhance the speed and quality of new technology adoption in an organization. Often failure to either fully adopt or adopt a new technology or methodology lies initially in the process used to guide new users through the onboarding process. The …

Technology: the way Forward for Modern Education

Modern Luddites aside, most of us have accepted that technology is not going to go away; it is replacing the old technology we grew up with. It surrounds us and is an accepted part of modern life. Anyone entering high school now will have difficulty remembering a world without computers, gps, fablets, wearables and other marvels. Yet, we live in …

LifeHack Labs: How to Listen to a Podcast so You Actually get Value from It

If you listen to podcasts, you are probably doing it wrong. Well, you are doing it wrong if you want to maximize the value you can get out of it. Now if you are listening to a podcast for entertainment feel free to stop here. If you are using a podcast to educate yourself- read on! Consider how a podcast …

Reclaim your inner scientist

If you think Science is something done by a guy that looks like Albert Einstein in a lab coat, scratch that and look in a mirror. You were born and still are a scientist. Each of us is born with an innate ability to apply the scientific method. While we can argue nature versus nurture as to whether this becomes …

Resolve to Beat Down Procrastination

There are things around the house that I repeatedly return to mentally. It might be a plant that needs trimming, toys that need mending, or a bill that needs to be paid. In some cases, like with the bill, a deadline will eventually spur me to action. In other cases, for want of a deadline I keep returning mentally at …

Why how we grade students is fundamentally wrong.

Video games build failure into the equation of success. It is part of the challenge and though it may not seem so, failure is carefully crafted into a game to make you realize that success is not being handed too you. Resetting is a low cost outcome, frustrating, but low cost and if the game is well balanced, will immediately …