The Other Lobe

A blog about experiential education, social media, and the brain

Co-authored Blog Posts

Simplification and the Useful deployment of knowledge

Simplification and the Useful deployment of knowledge   Paulina Smietanka and Jim Stellar   We have written before when PS was an undergraduate student of speech pathology at Queens College CUNY, before going to Columbia University for her MA in ...Read More

Education That Works:

The Neuroscience of Building a More Effective Higher Education

by James Stellar

This book on higher education, experiential learning, and the brain is available here as an e-book (the paper version is coming March 7th). The book is based on the ideas discussed by so many of us in this blog. Thank you colleagues, and thank you for the ongoing blog conversation. -JS

Guest Papers by Students, Staff, and Faculty (edited by JS)

Bringing experiential education techniques to the “flipped” Classroom, undergraduate-professor partnership, and student engagement

Bringing experiential education techniques to the “flipped” Classroom, undergraduate-professor partnership, and student engagement   Agata Buras QC’16 and Jim Stellar     This blog post explores how experiential education ideas could be applied right in the classroom as course-based teaching ...Read More

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Who We Are

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Who We are and What We Do

The blog began as a partnership between an older (Jim Stellar) and a younger (Shwen Gwee) guy. Then when Jim began doing research for the book, he was helped by one of the first blog co-authors (Adrienne Dooley) who became a project manager for a team of researchers, ranging from students to professionals who worked to develop the book and continue to talk in an on-line forum. Now, the three of us have added a third section of short papers that examine topics in greater depth than possible in a blog.

The whole idea of the website is to discuss experiential education programs and  learning with a focus on what can be taken from neuroscience, cognitive, and social science research.  We believe that this research is showing that the brain is built to operate and make decisions in two ways – in conscious rational decision-making mode and in unconscious instinctive decision-making mode. We think that this dual view, which applies to economics, also applies to higher education.  It suggests important and natural ways that learning from direct experience can powerfully complement the classical classroom-based curriculum to improve student outcomes in and after college.

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