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ISO/RTO Presentation: Mindset

I gave a talk about mindset at the annual ISO/RTO Training Working Group meeting in Toronto today.

Here is a list of some of the resources I used in my presentation.

Resources

  • Carol Dweck’s Stanford Bio Page – includes listing of PDF versions of her academic research papers
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck – link to the her very readable book
  • Mindsetkit.org – contains lots of ideas (easily re-purposed adult education) for incorporating growth mindset in learning
  • My Favorite No – YouTube video showing how to use mistakes to reinforce learning and promote growth
  • Mistake Game – post on high school physics teacher, Kelly O’Shea’s, blog detailing a game that uses student-inserted intentional mistakes to promote growth class-wide
  • Growing Your Mind – YouTube video by Khan Academy’s Sal Khan explains how the mind can grow

[EDIT 2016-06-23T12:27Z – added descriptions to links]

Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology

It has been a long road but I finally finished my bachelor of science in nuclear engineering technology. Even though I already have a bachelors degree in accounting and I am working on a masters in instructional design I just had to finish this BSNET that has been hanging over my head, uncompleted, for years.

I buckled down and took the last class this spring. The capstone class for this degree ended up being the hardest class I have ever taken. It was rough but I made it.

HBR Article on Competency-Based Education

This week I took a deep dive into the world of competency-based education.

The article that spurred this on is The Real Revolution in Online Education isn’t MOOCs by Michelle Wiese in the Harvard Business Review.

I have a background in this type of learning because this is the type of education that I received in the Navy while becoming a nuclear power plant operator. After the Navy, the company I work for used the same type of learning system to teach me how to become a grid operator.

While my experience with competency-based learning was workplace-centered, the online educational trend described in this article has to do with online college learning.

In a competency-based education online degree program students are freed from the “classroom” model. Instead, students are assigned projects that they must master to prove that they have the skills described in the master skill set that defines the degree.

This type of learning can make job candidate searching really easy for a human resources department than traditional letter grades and credit hours can. This is because the traditional letter grades and credit hours do not accurately describe what someone knows, what they’ve done, or what they can do – instead, the traditional measurements only show what classes they took and how long they sat in the class.