Four Learning Trends for the New Normal

Mike Palmer is joined by Nancy, a virtual human who makes her first appearance as a guest host in a conversation about what the “New Normal” that emerges on the other side of the pandemic looks like for the world of learning. We explore the trends of Canny Centaurs, Universal Design for Learning, Class Outside, and Simulearning both with Nancy’s help and with the help of many of our great guests from episodes from the past six months.

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Feedback and the Growth Mindset with Dr. Steve Joordens

Dr. Steve Joordens returns to join Mike Palmer in a conversation about the connections between growth mindset and feedback. If growth mindset is the “What,” getting good at giving and receiving feedback is the “How” of learning and personal growth. Steve draws on his experiences as a Psychology Professor and Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab at the University of Toronto and as a Founder and CoDeveloper of an app called peerScholar that has students engage in collaborative, peer-to-peer feedback that can be used as a formative assessment.

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Service Learning, Social Movements and Community Engagement with Dr. Corey Dolgon

Dr. Corey Dolgon is a Professor of Sociology at Stonehill College. He’s an expert in several areas of sociology and service learning and is the author of five books, including The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in American’s Paradise (2005) and Kill it to Save it: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s triumph Over Democracy (2017). He recently edited The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Corey joins Mike Palmer to talk about the history of service learning and social movements in America.

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Active Learning Online with Author Dr. Stephen Kosslyn

Dr. Stephen Kosslyn returns to the show to dive into the topics covered in his new book Active Learning Online with Mike Palmer. What does deep processing really mean and how can its power be unlocked for learning? How do chunking and associations relate to how we learn? What is the dual coding principle and how should instructional designers tap into it to ensure their lessons stick in the minds of their learners?

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Can Teacher Professional Development Be Saved?

Sarah Johnson is the CEO of Teaching Lab, a leading non-profit professional learning organization for educators. She joins Mike Palmer in this episode to explore why Professional Development or “PD” has a bad reputation among educators and how Sarah and team are trying to turn things around.

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Understanding Adaptive Intelligence with Dr. Robert Sternberg

Dr. Robert Sternberg joins Mike to talk about his life’s work studying intelligence, creativity, and wisdom. He is Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Bob recently wrote Adaptive Intelligence: Striving and Thriving in Times of Uncertainty and we spend time diving into the concepts and frameworks that are central to the book.

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Storytelling and Sociology at the End of History with Dr. Daniel Harrison

Dr. Daniel Harrison joins Mike to talk about his latest book, Live at Jackson Station. We hear how Dan became a Sociology Professor at Lander University in South Carolina before we dive into the importance of storytelling as Dan tells the story of Jackson Station, a legendary blues bar in Greenwood, South Carolina in the 1980s and early nineties. We learn about the tolerance and diversity of the music scene at the bar before things take a “True Crime” turn with a bush ax attack in the parking lot at 3am. Along the way Dan and Mike muse about the relevance of sociology and the future of higher education.

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In Case You Get Hit By a Bus with Abby Schneiderman and Gene Newman from Everplans

Abby Schneiderman and Gene Newman from Everplans join Mike to talk about their new book In Case You Get Hit By A Bus: How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later. We begin by getting the origin story of Everplans based on Abby’s experiences as a tech entrepreneur and as someone who faced unexpected challenges when her brother suddenly died at age 51. We learn how Abby and Adam Seifer, her Co-founder, created Everplans and how they brought in Gene to help write the book and begin to educate folks on how to navigate the difficult and complex challenges that emerge with the loss of a loved one.

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