Learning Defined

My role is to put some weight behind our motto "Learning made efficient". Having said this I typically get asked the following question; “How do you actually do that? Make learning efficient?”

As this is my first post here at the Zoaring blog I thought I would start of by introducing myself. I am a Cognitive Engineer which basically means that I am both a Psychologist and Computer Engineer. 

I am also the Head of Research here at Zoaring, and my role is to put some weight behind our motto "Learning made efficient". Having said this I typically get asked the following question; “How do you actually do that? Make learning efficient?” And that is exactly the question which I will address in this blog series.

In both engineering and science we often say that 90% of creating a solution is defining the problem. The Oxford Dictionary of Psychology provides these definitions of learning:

  1. Any lasting change in behaviour resulting from experience, especially conditioning.
  2.  The act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill, or knowledge gained by study (He had several university degrees and was a man of learning).

I chose this definition purposefully, as it hints that our everyday understanding of learning is just the tip of the iceberg,

and furthermore that learning is a highly complex and multifaceted concept and phenomenon. This as one speaking about learning may refer to the purpose, process or effect. At a more advanced level one might consider how it influences and involves mechanisms such as perception, cognition (thought), emotion and behaviour.

Furthermore, we might refer to short-term or long-term change, and explicit (conscious) or implicit (subconscious) learning and knowledge. These topics and more sets the agenda for the blog posts to come. I look forward to a great autumn of learning.

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