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Inside Learning EP 7 with Barry O‘Reilly

Inside Learning EP 7 with Barry O‘Reilly

October 6, 2021

The latest episode of our podcast, Inside Learning, features Barry O'Reilly author of Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results."

Barry shares how the Cycle of Unlearning is a new way of thinking and a new way of leading organizations in every industry. It’s not difficult to learn more. What is difficult is to know what to unlearn, what to stop, and what to throw away. 

This is the paradox of success. While thinking and doing certain methods may have brought you success in the past, it’s almost certain they won’t continue to bring you success in the future.

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We are also joined on the podcast by Learnovate's Pablo Alvarez. Pablo is a Tech Lead at the Learnovate Centre in Trinity College Dublin. He shares how Barry's cycle of unlearning maps to what he is seeing with clients.

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Inside Learning EP 6 with Barbara Oakley

Inside Learning EP 6 with Barbara Oakley

September 5, 2021

The latest episode of our podcast, Inside Learning, features Dr Barbara Oakley author of "Uncommon Sense Teaching Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn."

This episode explores we have made huge strides in the neuroscience of learning, but often these breakthroughs do not filter down to the way teachers teach.

Other topics include diverse friendly learning environments, keeping students engaged in a virtual learning environment, and a small lesson on the neuroscience of learning. 

Aidan is also joined on this episode by Innovation Services Team Lead Peter Gillis from The Learnovate Centre.

Inside Learning EP 5 with Ian Gibbs

Inside Learning EP 5 with Ian Gibbs

July 28, 2021

Have you ever been frustrated to discover you couldn’t remember
something you read just the day before?
Have you ever thought you understood a new idea but then found it
difficult to put that idea into words?
Have you ever given up on trying to learn a new skill because when you
tried to apply it, the result was an abysmal failure?

If your answer to any of these is “yes”, you’re in the right place.

Learning is one of the most useful skills we have in today’s
forever-changing world. But even though you’ve probably spent the best
part of your life learning in one form or another, no one has ever
told you about effective learning techniques.
So that’s what today’s guest offers.

We are joined by the author of "4x4 LEARNING: The 4-step method to get
4-times more out of every book, talk or video you read, hear or watch
for the rest of your life", Ian Gibbs

More about Ian: 

With a degree in Astrophysics from St. Andrews, Scotland and a Postgrad in Education from Cambridge, England, Ian Gibbs is the author of ‘The Sorites Principle', ‘Learning A Language', ’23 Tips To Learn Stuff Better’, ’23 Tips To Get Better Grades’ and ebook ‘4x4 Learning’. He is the Head of Learning at Advantage Executive Training and the president of the Professional Speakers’ Association of Spain.
Ian has helped thousands of people of all ages become more effective learners through workshops and presentations on Learning Skills. His clients include IESE Business School, ADP, Institut Montgròs, EOI Guinardó, UP! Training Club, IES Picasso, Collegi Sagrada Familia, MD2MD, Bloom (Canada), HP Sant Cugat and Smart Coaching & Training.

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We are also joined by Learning Lead, Senior Researcher & Innovation Specialist with The Learnovate Centre in Trinity College Dublin Janet Benson.

We discuss Janet's view on some points raised by Ian in particular in the field of corporate learning.

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Inside Learning EP 4 with Michelle Weise

Inside Learning EP 4 with Michelle Weise

July 1, 2021

"In order to get a fair shot at the opportunities available, learners need resources and services that will help them tackle the barriers that have dogged them in the past and prevented them from acquiring the skills they need to get and keep a job that pays well. Wraparound supports are crucial in promoting persistence and completion of education and training programs. These supports include counselling, mental health services, financial advice, and even financial assistance for housing costs and transportation. Sometimes barriers to work are smaller than one would imagine—a participant might need new truck tires, steel-toed boots, or a set of knives for culinary school."

That’s an excerpt from Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet, Welcome to the Inside Learning podcast brought to you by The Learnovate Centre in Trinity College Dublin, I am your host Aidan McCullen and I’m delighted to say we are joined by the author of that book, Michelle Weise.


We are also joined on this episode by researcher with The Learnovate Centre, Richard Harte where we discuss relevant topics raised by Michelle.



Inside Learning EP 3 with Jeff Miller

Inside Learning EP 3 with Jeff Miller

June 1, 2021

Our guest today is Chief Learning Officer & Vice President of Organisational Effectiveness with Cornerstone Jeff Miller.

We discuss the topic of schema and unlearning for organisational effectiveness, bias and to enable new learning.


Inside Learning EP 2 with Ann Devitt

Inside Learning EP 2 with Ann Devitt

May 5, 2021

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dr. Ann Devitt is Associate Professor in Language Education and Academic Director in Learnovate Dublin.

We discuss the idea of threshold concepts and experiential learning.

We also explore ideas on the expertise trap, innovation and immersive learning using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality.


The paper we mention during the podcast:

"Threshold Concepts and Practices in Teacher Education: professional, educator and student perspectives."


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Inside Learning EP 1 with Ed Hess

Inside Learning EP 1 with Ed Hess

April 6, 2021

We are on the leading edge of a Smart Machine Age led by artificial intelligence that will be as transformative for us as the Industrial Revolution was for our ancestors. 

Smart machines will take over millions of jobs in manufacturing, office work, the service sector, the professions, you name it. 

Not only can they know more data and analyze it faster than any mere human, but smart machines are free of the emotional, psychological, and cultural baggage that so often mars human thinking.

To stay relevant, we have to play a different game. Our guest offers us that game plan. 

Our guest today is  Professor of Business Administration, Batten Fellow and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the Darden Graduate School of Business and the author of Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change amidst a plethora of other titles, Ed Hess

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