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Purcell integrates accelerated learning techniques into its courses and presentations.
Accelerated learning employs knowledge recently gained about the human mind to help accelerate learning.
We now know that the human mind has three parts, with the thinking part like a rider perched above the huge animal brain, which deals with emotion. The thinking part was the last to evolve and employs logic. The animal brain deals with emotion, whereas the oldest part of the brain, the reptilian part, deals with automatic functions like breathing and sex.
When teaching, it is best to engage all levels of the brain in order to accelerate learning. That is why stories are so effective; they deal with logic, emotion and repetition, engaging all levels of the brain. Case studies also involve the learner in gaining the necessary information themselves (self-directed learning) and a good case study should employ all three elements to involve the learner: emotion, logic and repetition.
There should be frequent changes/chunking of the information, because the brain follows the 90-20-8 rule. No more than 90 minutes of course content and every 20 minutes there should be change either in movement of the student's body, change of pace ,style and/or delivery. Additionally, every eight minutes there should be an exercise and/or repetition in an engaging format, in order to enforce the learned content. In this manner, accelerated learning will occur.
It is also important that the process engage all the senses: visual, verbal and kinesthetic. Whenever I am instructing, designing a course, or facilitating I employ these techniques. The key is to have fun, to engage the learner and to accelerate the learning!
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