Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Malleable intelligence, part of Gaining Skills with LinkedIn Learning.
- Before we dive into using the features of LinkedIn Learning, let's take a few minutes to explore how people learn, or more appropriately, how our brain makes new connections. Let's also dispel a common myth around learning. Now, it's important for us to understand how we learn or where we're at in our learning journey because it will help influence the setting of our learning goals and how we approach using the LinkedIn Learning website. For example, if I'm a seasoned web designer and I want to learn WordPress development, when I start diving into courses, terms like HTML and CSS are going to be really familiar to me.
I'm going to recognize these terms and be able to only focus on the new information that I'm seeking. On the other hand, if I've never made a website in my life and I dove into WordPress development courses, I'm going to have a steeper learning curve, and I'll need to take the time to gain some foundational knowledge of web design. In both these 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 new knowledge. Now, not all knowledge is the same. There are 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, where we apply our learning or we're being creative. LinkedIn Learning courses are designed to help you move through these stages by providing video-based training to watch, this is our lower-order where we recall information, but we also have tools built into the website that allow you to apply knowledge through practice and application.
Utilizing the well-founded research around neuroscience of learning, we've dove into the website to make sure 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 out The Neuroscience of Learning course, here, on LinkedIn Learning. Now, as we look back at 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.
Now, this idea, that we can cultivate in our minds the synapses or knowledge that 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 for us 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, trying to learn everything, all at once.
Simply by being on the LinkedIn Learning 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 we thank you for joining us here, on LinkedIn Learning.
- Finding the right skills to learn
- Making a learning game plan
- Knowing your learning style
- Making learning stick
- Adding certificates to your profile
Skill Level Beginner
What was changed when the course was updated 02//09/2017?
Updates were made to the following topics: malleable intelligence, setting a learning goal, active vs. passive learning, and joining the online conversation.