According to University of North Carolina TV Science, “It’s estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day.” Some decisions, like deciding which shoes to wear, may have negligible consequences, so it probably matters less what strategy you use to approach a low-stakes decision.
The spring weather is beckons us outdoors—beyond the tether of Wi-Fi, Netflix, and the internet. Are you among the Canadians who, according to the recent trends report published by the Brookfield Institute, are contemplating a digital detox?
What it is
The term “cognitive bias” has been around since the early 1970s. A cognitive bias is what you might think it is: it’s a thinking (cognitive) prejudice (bias). Psychologist Kendra Cherry defines it as “a systematic error in thinking that affects the decisions and judgements people make.”
According to a study conducted by the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo (in press), adult learners like online learning because it fits in with their work and family obligations. But adults are busy people, and fitting online learning into an already busy schedule requires strategy.
Adult learners have known about the benefits of online learning for some time, as it allows them to invest in learning alongside jobs and family obligations. There are many ways to upskill or learn something new.
But what kind of learning do you want? And which online learning format best matches your learning goals? Do you want to
Queen’s Professional Studies has been moving toward writing online courses in plain language. What is plain language and why have we embraced it?
What is plain language?
Plainlanguage.gov defines plain language as “communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.” There are many definitions of plain language, but we like this one because it respects the reader’s time and considers how good writing should sound when read aloud.
Best tools for each stage of editing — a peek into online course development at Professional Studies
Are you a developmental editor? A copyeditor? Line editor? Proofreader? What tools do you use to support the editing work you do? Having the right tools for each aspect of editing can improve writing quality and editing efficiency.
At Queen’s Professional Studies, our online courses go through four stages of editing, as they’re described in the Professional Editing Standards Certificate courses:
You can’t multitask
You actually can’t do two things at once. Sure, you can walk and chew gum, and you can probably fold a load of laundry while watching Netflix. But chances are, if you want to catch a key plot point in the show, you’ll likely put the laundry down for a moment.
As psychological scientist and author Julia Shaw explains in The Memory Illusion*, “what we mean by multitasking is generally something more complex, doing meaningful tasks that require attention and memory, and thinking.”
What is self-regulation? Is it the same as self-control? How can self-regulation help parents and early childhood educators support children and teens in their learning? What role does stress play in a child or teen’s ability to self-regulate?
Self-regulation expert Stuart Shanker from York University explains what self-regulation is and why it’s important for optimal learning: