Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts

09 Sep

Bringing Design Workshops Online (Part 2)

never stop learning (part 2)

We recently finished the second day of our largest virtual design workshop to date.  Everyone is using the Zoom breakout rooms and MURAL tools effectively—it was a pretty quick learning curve.  No need for an icebreaker on this second day, so we got straight to work. We brainstormed on ways

02 Sep

Bringing Design Workshops Online

blackboard reading "never Stop Learning"

We’ve just finished day one of our largest virtual design workshops to date.  Sixteen participants from multiple states, using Zoom breakout rooms and MURAL virtual whiteboards gathered to discuss a new training experience.  Though we have facilitated many design workshops, this is our first conducted virtually. We conducted introductory icebreakers

28 Jul

Using Virtual Reality to “Teach” Empathy, Retain Learning Experiences

A new Stanford Study shows that virtual reality can make people more empathetic. Learners who underwent a short virtual reality (VR) experience, “Becoming Homeless,” became more empathetic toward the homeless to the point of taking action on their behalf. VR proved more effective in changing pro-social behaviors than reading or

14 Jul

How We Learn: We Remember Emotions

So what do people remember? We remember emotions, our feelings, and the behavior of others. Research shows that emotions are important to learning. “Emotions form a critical piece of how, what, when, and why people think, remember, and learn,” says Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, associate professor of education, psychology, and neuroscience

06 Jul

How We Learn: The Brain Likes Patterns

The brain looks for patterns and fills in the blanks. It uses patterns to understand the relationship between things—putting them in context.  “The human brain is a pattern-recognition machine. It evolved to identify related events or artifacts and connect them into a meaningful whole,” According to the NOVA article The