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Who can watch one more talking head tutorial online? How boring is that? No wonder words like learning, classes and courses are actually avoided by marketers when promoting a new class.
Learning has been boring and the same for a very long time. It does not make a difference if you are inside a classroom or watching online.
Online is even worse because although you have many places to go to improve your skills, most of them provide the same exact videos, with low quality, superficial content and most of the time very boring.
This is why Curious Mondo comes with a new proposal. A more relaxed environment, with high quality, in-depth content, using the best livestream technology where you are invited not only to watch but to participate and shape the courses according to your needs.
Our renowned Instructors are active in their areas and bring updated and practical information.
At Curious Mondo the conversation continues in our groups on social media so you can also share your opinions and creations.
All this interaction and access to experts provides a fun way for busy professionals to improve their skills in an independent format.
Due to our mission to bring knowledge and new skills to everyone, we livestream courses for free when they are created. Anyone, anywhere can watch and benefit from them and follow their path to their dreams.
People that buy our own demand classes make all this possible and even without knowing are impacting the World.
The online World has this potential: Break geographic barriers, multiply knowledge, propel people into new paths and transform the lives of millions of people. Curious Mondo is leading the way!
Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp
Brain training is big business, with computerized brain games touted as a way to help prevent memory loss. But new research shows you might be better off picking up a challenging new hobby.
To test this theory, Dr. Denise Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas, randomly assigned 200 older people to different activities. Some learned digital photography. Another group took up quilting.
Quilting, which requires measuring and calculating, also helped improve participants’ memory.i
Quilting, which requires measuring and calculating, also helped improve participants’ memory.
/Courtesy of UT Dallas
“Quilting may not seem like a mentally challenging task,” Park says. “But if you’re a novice and you’re cutting out all these abstract shapes, it’s a very demanding and complex task.”
The groups spent 15 hours a week for three months learning their new skills. They were then given memory tests and compared with several control groups.
“Rather than just comparing them to people who did nothing, we compared them to a group of people who had fun but weren’t mentally challenged as much,” Park says.
That “social group” did things like watch movies or reminisce about past vacations. Another control group worked quietly at home, listening to the radio or classical music or playing easy games and puzzles.
Park’s research, which was published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that not all activities are created equal. Only people who learned a new skill had significant gains.
“We found quite an improvement in memory, and we found that when we tested our participants a year later, that was maintained,” Park says.
Study participants were trained in practical reasoning skills like managing medications.
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The greatest improvement was for the people who learned digital photography and Photoshop — perhaps, Park says, because it was the most difficult.
Jimmy Wilson, 82, agreed to learn to use a computer, a camera and Photoshop for the trial. “That was really quite a challenge for me when I got into the photo class,” Wilson says, “because it involved a computer and I had never even touched a computer.”
Wilson is motivated to fight dementia, in part because he saw what the disease did to his wife toward the end of her life.
“When my wife died,” he says, “it would have been real easy to just become a total recluse.” Instead, Wilson embraced being socially and mentally active. He’s a member of the choir at his church, and when he’s not reading current events and books on his Kindle, he gets together with family for Mexican food.
A photo taken by a participant in the UT Dallas trial.i
A photo taken by a participant in the UT Dallas trial.
Courtesy of UT Dallas
Since Wilson participated in the trial, he says, he has noticed improvement in his memory, although he says it still isn’t perfect. He admits it can be frustrating learning to use new technology, but he knows it’s good for his brain.
So how does learning a new skill help ward off dementia? By strengthening the connections between parts of your brain, says cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman. While brain games improve a limited aspect of short-term memory, Kaufman says, challenging activities strengthen entire networks in the brain.
“It really is strengthening the connectivity between these team players of these large-scale brain networks,” he says.
Denise Park likens it to an orchestra.
“Players come in and players go out,” she says. “Sometimes when something is really demanding, the whole orchestra is playing, but they’re not playing harmoniously.”
The goal is to keep each individual player in best form, and make sure there’s coordination. And improving your own coordination, through quilting or learning to play bridge, may be a way to maintain your memory, and have a bit of fun, too.
“We hope that by maintaining a very active brain, you could defer cognitive aging by a couple of years,” Park says.
There’s one more important thing you can do to ward off memory loss: exercise. Art Kramer, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, studies the impact of exercise on the brain.
In one study, he found that just 45 minutes of exercise three days a week actually increased the volume of the brain. Even for people who have been very sedentary, Kramer says, exercise “improves cognition and helps people perform better on things like planning, scheduling, multitasking and working memory.”
So if you’re looking to boost memory, there’s reason to challenge both your body and your mind.
Take a look at the infographic below on how millennials like to learn.
You will see that Elearning plays a big role in this aspect.
According to some predictions, by 2020 half of all classes will be taken online. When compared to today’s statistics that say that at least one class is taken virtually, these predictions are astonishing. Obviously, we are rapidly turning to virtual classrooms. With the rapid advent of communication technology, time, space, and money, no longer pose obstacles for improvement. This is why electronic forms of learning provide just about the perfect framework for lifelong learning.
Firstly, eLearning engages students into personally relevant experiences. Moreover, it encourages development of essential skills for the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, meaningful collaboration. Finally, it enables simulation. In other words, eLearning creates authentic atmosphere and deepens the understanding of real-world issues by fully engaging students. The ultimate goal of eLearning is to instill a high value of learning and foster lifelong learning. In other words, there is something far beyond academic achievement, that is, the learners’ ability of active contribution to the learning process.
This is so exciting! To have things coming together after so much planning and work. Today we start our online journey.
Here you will find not only announcements of our free live interactive classes but a lot of tips and information on e-learning.
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