Authentic learning moments promote transfer to the workplace

Guest blog by Sofie Willox This article was originally published in Dutch in HR Magazine, March 2022. It discusses five dimensions that promote learning transfer based on our (Mirjam & Paul) book “Evidence-Informed Learning Design – Creating Training to improve Learning Design”. To what extent do people actually apply what they’ve learned in a workplace […]

Authentic learning moments promote transfer to the workplace — 3-Star learning experiences

Bulletproof Student Desks

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I watched a brief video of students participating in an active shooter drill in which they turned their desks sideways to scrunch behind (head still showing) and held their textbooks (hands and arms exposed) over their faces.


So, I googled, “bulletproof student desk” to see what I found. No one can argue that there is a market for such an item in These United States.

Sure enough, I found several sites, beginning with this one, for Indianapolis-based Creative Industries, which offers Bulletproof Furniture for Schools.

I give you the Bulletproof School Desk:

From the ad:

Facing the Reality of School Shootings

As every parent surely knows, the tragedy of school shootings is an all-too-common occurrence in today’s world. Even one such incident is too many but think about another number: 312. There have been 312 school shootings in the United States since 2013. (Schneider’s note: 2021 copyright date…

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10 ways to deal with stakeholders’ beliefs in learning

3-Star learning experiences

Mirjam Neelen & Paul A. Kirschner

Before we dive in here, we need to give some credit to the person who inspired our approach and the style of this blog: Japke-D Bouma (Twitter handle: @japked). She’s a Dutch journalist who writes a regular column in NRC (a Dutch newspaper) on baffling jargon, work, and career. We’re both fans of her!

Stakeholders[1]! The people we need, love, sometimes love to hate, and who sometimes also drive us bonkers. We want to please them, make them happy, have them love us. We want to go out of our way to delight them. After all, they’re our customers. But man! They can sometimes really get in the way when it comes to actually designing useful learning experiences[2] so that people actually can do their jobs better.

Of course, we don’t mean their reality – urgency, budget, limited resources, data restrictions…

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Autism and Theory of Mind: a critique of Gernsbacher & Co

Catherine & Katharine

(Cross-posted at

In a series of occasional posts that start today, I’ll be going through a half dozen articles co-authored by Morton Gernsbacher, a psycholinguist at the University of Wisconsin. Collectively these articles attempt to present evidence for the redefinition of autism upon which the plausibility of FC depends: namely, the notion that autism is not (despite eight decades of research to the contrary) a socio-cognitive disorder, but rather a motor disorder. More specifically, autism is, purportedly, a disorder in which intentional motor movements, including speaking and pointing, are difficult or impossible to perform.

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Traffic noise slows children’s memory development, study finds

Pupils’ vital attention skills stunted by ‘toxic’ peaks of road noise heard from the classroomRoad-traffic noise significantly slows the development of crucial memory and attention skills in primary school children, research has found.The study of almost 2,700 children aged between seven and 10 in 38 schools in Barcelona, Spain, is the first to assess the…

Traffic noise slows children’s memory development, study finds — Education | The Guardian

Metaphors in autism: even when unfacilitated, they’re within reach

Facilitated communication has extracted all sorts of figurative language from minimally-speaking autistic individuals, for example, this, from Deej: The ear that hears the cardinal / Hears in red; The eye that spots the Salmon / Sees in wet My senses always fall in love / They spin, swoon; They lose themselves in / one another arms. […]

Metaphors in autism: even when unfacilitated, they’re within reach — Catherine & Katharine

Cheating at School is a Better Idea Than Ever

With absolutely no apologies to The Wall Street Journal. A year of absolute, unprecedented bullshit has spurred an eruption of cheating among students, from grade school to college. With many students isolated at home over the past year—and with the pointless grind of school revealed for what it truly is—academic dishonesty has never been such […]

Cheating at School is a Better Idea Than Ever — SLIME MOLD TIME MOLD

Ohio Legislature Votes to Allow Guns in Its Classrooms

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On June 03, 2022, the Ohio legislature passed a teacher-carry bill that is headed to Governor DeWine’s desk. DeWine says he will sign it into law.

Teachers and other staff can apply to become among those “to voluntarily go armed within a school safety zone.”

It seems that school districts can choose to have armed personnel. If a district chooses to have armed teachers or staff, the district must “notify the public” that it “has authorized one or more persons to go armed within a school,” which includes notifying parents.

Details are part of this greater bill. Included is the establishment of the “Ohio mobile training team,” part of the department of public safety. The purpose of this team will be “to provide services to public and nonpublic schools regarding school safety and security,” including “offering training opportunities for school employees, including… providing weapons manipulation instruction.” More details:

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Social motivation in autism: a critique of Jaswal & Akhtar (2019)

(Cross-posted at In a piece entitled Being versus appearing socially uninterested: Challenging assumptions about social motivation in autism, Jaswal & Akhtar (2019) set out to challenge the long-established view that many of the behavioral characteristics of autism indicate a lack of social interest. They propose “alternative explanations for four such behaviors: (a) low levels […]

Social motivation in autism: a critique of Jaswal & Akhtar (2019) — Catherine & Katharine

Beth Verrilli: Knowledge Based Curriculum Opens Worlds

If you’ve read this blog, or attended any of our webinars or workshops, you know that we believe in knowledge-based curriculum. Research shows that knowledge is a critical factor in learning to read, in building long-term memory, and in thinking critically. We’ve seen classrooms where knowledge encourages independent reading and where knowledge inspires wonder. Recent…

Beth Verrilli: Knowledge Based Curriculum Opens Worlds — Teach Like a Champion