Dealing With Uncertainty

When we talk about innovation in higher education, what we are talking about is how to manage uncertainty and complexity. Complex systems share many of the attributes of biological systems. In these kind of systems the environment is constantly in flux and the ways forward are not clear, rather emerge as agents interact with their environment. (meer…)

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How to Live An Empowered Life

How can you live an empowered life? By working hard! Work to make a significant difference in this world. Put your focus on what you can control. You can control your hope, your attitude, your drive, your willingness and your commitment to keeping an empowered mindset. If you’re individual life is empowered, it can have an impact on others. Let’s have impact. (meer…)

Transmission Of Knowledge Is Not Enough

It is my believe that the aim of education should be to build in each student strong theoretical foundations to help future professionals to be educated rather than trained. Professionals that are capable of understanding the complexities of the organic society. I have always been uncomfortable with labels, recipes and linear models for preparing professionals at all levels. While I appreciate their methodologies, we must always remember the dependent relationship between theory and praxis. Theory and praxis should be interrelated. There is no applied scientific discipline if there is no discipline to apply. (meer…)

P.E. a Full-Grown Profession?

Exergaming appears to increase acute physical activity among users and is being used in school settings because it is appealing to students. Despite active research in the area of exergaming, exergaming utility for increasing acute and habitual physical activity specifically in the physical education setting has yet to be confirmed. (meer…)

Changing a Mindset for Behavioural Change

Changing people’s behaviour is most effective through changing the mindset. Changing the mindsets of people to ensure their thinking results in new desired behaviours. This is sustainable but takes time and effort to influence a change in mindset. But if the necessary time and effort is invested, a person’s mindset can lead them to take actions (behaviour) necessary to create momentum and a critical mass of commitment throughout the organization. There are some fundamental aspects to take into account if you want to accelerate the change of mindset or change your own mindset.

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Is This the Art of Teaching? 

The traditional paradigm of teaching is under pressure. Many proposals to professionalize teaching are common today. But many people avoid the dialoque about a new paradigm. There is a need to translate new insights about cognitive science related to how students learn. In this post I try to apply some of those insights to the art of teaching. (meer…)

Should Student Success Include Happiness?

If we want our students to become happy, research suggests that universities should focus more on students’ well-being than academic success. (meer…)