4 Cs & Accelerated Learning

From the book, Teaching from the back of the room:

[…] the following are the basic tenets of Accelerated Learning:

  • Learning involves the body as well as the mind.
  • Learning is fundamentally an act of creation, not consumption of information.
  • Learning takes place on many levels at once in the humban brain, and is not a linear, one-thing-at-a-time brain activity.
  • Collaboration increases learning; isolation and competition decresase it.
  • Learning occurs through active doing, with time for reflection and feedback, not through passive listening.
  • Positive emotions and mental imagery improve learning; the lack of both inhibits learning.


  • Connection - what do we know about this?
  • Concepts - introduce new information
  • Concrete Practice - now apply new information, with previous knowledge and build new knowledge
  • Conclusions - repeat, correct, clarify, summarize, …

And other material:

And on the subject of how to behave as instructor/teacher - Prof. John Biggs’ level 1, 2, 3 …

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