Author Archives: chbernat

About chbernat

I am a technical writer and instructional designer. I have an intense interest in adult learning and instructional design principles. I greatly feel that adults need to take control of their own learning in order to advance their knowledge and skills throughout life.

What about lowering the costs?

There are many prescriptions for improving higher education, but the one that is least mentioned is lowering the cost. When costs are lowered, more people can attend. Nobody mentions lowering costs because they believe it is impossible to do so … Continue reading

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What’s it mean to be a team player?

Do we learn better in a group or alone? Do we make better decisions as a group or individually? How important is it really to be a team player? It seems to be mostly assumed that we work and learn better in … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t like Common Core

I  really don’t like Common Core and I’ll tell you why. Its principles are not based on the way that education has always been in this country — the ways that made education in the U.S. to be regarded as the best education … Continue reading

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We need real education reform

There is much controversy surrounding Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. She is pro-education reform, but what does this really entail? She has advocated for charter schools and other private school options for students. Is this enough to fix all that … Continue reading

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What is Intelligence?

Most people believe they know the meaning of the word “Intelligence” but, in fact, there is really no consensus on its true meaning. The accepted psychological definition of Intelligence is “that which intelligence tests measure”. This sounds circular, but it is the only definition that … Continue reading

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We’re all adult learners now!

I’ve worked in business and industry for over 20 years writing technical documentation and training materials. All of this has made me reflect on how truly different learning is in the workplace as compared to how learning occurs in schools. Because … Continue reading

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How we Learn in Three Ways

Did you know that the brain has three distinct memory types — Semantic, Episodic, and Procedural memories? It’s an important point because the way we teach and learn has always been focused primarily on catering to one memory type — Semantic memory or memory … Continue reading

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