Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Malleable intelligence, part of Learning with Lynda.com.
- Before we dive into using the features of lynda.com, let's take a few minutes to explore how people learn, or more appropriately, how our brain makes new connections, and also dispel a common myth around learning. It's important for us to understand how we learn, or where we're at in our learning journey, because it's going to help influence the setting of learning goals and how we approach using lynda.com. For example, if I'm a seasoned web designer and want to learn WordPress development, when I start diving into courses, terms like HTML and CSS are going to be familiar to me.
I will recognize these terms and be able to focus only on the new information I'm seeking. On the other hand, if I've never made a website in my life and dove into a WordPress development course, I'm going to have a steeper learning curve, and need to take the time to gain some foundational knowledge of web design. In both situations, I can learn to become a WordPress developer, but the journey I take to get there is going to look a lot different. When I'm learning something new, I'm making a new synapse, or connection in my brain. As I continue to apply that knowledge and add even more knowledge and skills, my brain learns to fire more neurotransmitters, and it actually becomes easier for me to learn and retain the additional knowledge.
Now, not all knowledge is the same. We have lower-order brain functions, such as simply accessing our memory or recalling facts, and that's a lot different from a higher-order brain function, such as applying our learning or being creative. Lynda.com courses are designed to help you move through these stages by providing video-based training to watch, this is our learning and recall, as well as tools to help you increase brain function by applying knowledge through practice and application. Utilizing the well-founded research around the neuroscience of learning, we've dove into our website to make sure that it's helping you become a better learner.
This is an incredibly fascinating area of study, and if you want to explore more in this area, be sure to check the Neuroscience of Learning course here on lynda.com. As we look back on our example, a seasoned web developer might find it easier to learn a similar skill, because they already have a foundation of brain activity that relates to web design. If you're learning a new skill that you have very little background knowledge in, you will need to build up some of those foundational skills, but you can learn it. This idea that we can cultivate in our minds the synapses and knowledge we desire is known as malleable intelligence, malleable, meaning not fixed.
This is the myth I want to dispel. Our intelligence is not a fixed level. We can change it by learning new skills and information, and what's even better, the more we seek knowledge, the easier it becomes to learn new things, especially in topics we're already familiar with. So why is this important? Well, when we can self-evaluate how much current knowledge we have in a topic, we can anticipate the learning that will need to take place in order to reach a certain goal, otherwise we will become incredibly frustrated at trying to learning everything all at once.
Simply by being on the lynda.com website and watching this course, you've already proved to be a self-motivated learner, and you have the ability to learn whatever you want. We are so excited to help you reach your learning goals, and thank you for joining us here on lynda.com.
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