Why major creative breakthroughs happen in your late thirties

This is the reason we need to invest more in learning as we get older. This graph shows the results of a study from NBER, An Age Distribution for Scientific Genius.  It certainly makes more sense that inventors and nobel prize winners would be even older, as they gain more and more experience.  The reason for the trickle after age 50 seems to be lack of relevancy, because of lack of recent education, but as we have access to more information and dynamic ways to learn, I wonder how this graph will change in the decades ahead?  “So why the late 30s? The most obvious factor is education: Scientists spend ages 5 through 18 in school, and then ages 18 through 30ish getting their academic degrees. Then a few years of learning on the job, and presto! You dig up an uncertainty principle. Meanwhile, scientific breakthroughs tend to be less common in old age because we invest less in learning as we get older, and our skills gradually become less relevant.”

via Why major creative breakthroughs happen in your late thirties – Quartz.

Approaching The Golden Age Of Learning Technology

We are approaching the golden age of learning technology.Seriously. Think about. In the same way that film in the 1930s through the 1950s was considered the golden age of Hollywood, and the 1950s and 1960s the golden age of television, teaching and learning with technology will likely hit its stride in the next decade and a half, and almost certainly produce something stunning.

Article by Terry Heick – he’s right.  It is happening now.

via Approaching The Golden Age Of Learning Technology –.

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Self-directed learning was used to describe how adults learn for many years (it was part of Malcolm Knowles’ definition of andragogy.)  With access to everything, everywhere – and people of any age being able to easily pursue interests – it is used with broader strokes.  “Self-directed learning is a necessary component of education and yet there is little emphasis on this in both public and private schools. Here and there one will hear about a pilot program that addresses the power of autodidactic learning but it is infrequently assimilated as a pedagogical alternative to traditional education. Our teachers are stuck within the confines of a system that no longer serves our children.”

via Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | Innovation Insights | Wired.com.

The Out of Eden Walk: An Experiential Learning Journey from the Virtual to the Real

Fantastic lesson plans and experiential learning opportunities come from an extraordinary walk across the world.  Article written by my friend Homa Tavangar (on Edutopia’s Blog) who is the educational advisor for the initiative.  “You are invited to accompany the Out of Eden Walk, as two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek takes a seven-year, 21,000-mile trek across the planet. The journey is showcased as National Geographic magazine’s cover story by Salopek and is the first cover story available free for nonsubscribers. His epic walk began in January 2013 in East Africa’s Rift Valley, the region that paleoanthropologists consider to be the human race’s “Eden.” He will head north into the Levant; across the steppes of Central Asia to China; by sea from Siberia to Alaska; and then down the length of the Americas to the continental “Land’s End” of our species in Patagonia.” The route looks like this:

via The Out of Eden Walk: An Experiential Learning Journey from the Virtual to the Real | Edutopia.

Design and Screen-Based Learning in Higher Education

From Keith Hampson – It’s widely thought that the rise of design during the past couple of decades owes much to the rapid pace of change that characterizes modern life. Design facilitates change for those seeking to stimulate change.  And for end users, design serves as a means of making changes less jarring and uncomfortable.

via Acrobatiq |.

Realigning Higher Education for the 21st Century Learner through Multi-Access Learning

Twenty-first-century learners have expectations that are not met within the current model of higher education. With the introduction of online learning, the anytime/anywhere mantra taken up by many postsecondary institutions was a first step to meeting learner needs for flexibility; however, the choice and determination of delivery mode still resides with the institution and course instructors.

via JOLT – Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.