This Episode: How We Learn – with Stella Collins

Lucinda is joined by Stella Collins, co-founder and chief learning officer of Stella Labs for this episode ‘How We Learn’. They discuss the intersection of neuroscience and AI in the field of learning and development. Stella shares insights on how understanding how the brain learns can improve the effectiveness of learning initiatives.

She emphasises the importance of motivation, practice, reflection, and spaced repetition in the learning process. Stella also highlights the role of AI in creating personalised learning journeys, providing support and feedback, and tracking progress.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding how learning works is crucial for both learners and learning professionals. It involves recognsing the need for learning, staying motivated throughout the learning process, receiving guidance and support, practicing and experimenting with new knowledge or skills, and applying them in real-world situations.
  • Neuroscience provides insights into how the brain learns and changes. It highlights the neuroplasticity of the brain, its energy requirements, and the importance of sleep in consolidating learning.
  • AI can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of learning. It can help create content, suggest behaviours, personalise learning journeys, provide automated feedback and support, track progress, and generate relevant activities for learners.
  • Gamification can be a useful tool in learning, but it should be optional and tailored to individual preferences. It can enhance motivation and engagement, but it is not necessary for effective learning.

Best Moments

“AI can help you be highly efficient at producing rubbish. So you do need to think about what’s the effectiveness we’re looking at, what are we actually trying to achieve?”

“If you’re a line manager who perhaps hasn’t had a coaching skill or hasn’t been trained on coaching, if you’re given a checklist, all those stuff, here’s some good questions to ask.”

“Learning just isn’t magic. You can’t onboard people faster than their brains can actually process stuff.”

“Good learning doesn’t need gamification. Good gamification can sometimes help with learning.”

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About The Guest, Stella Collins

Stella Collins is co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at Stellar Labs and an evangelist for effective evidence-based learning. She and her team deliver world class learning solutions with impact, including a Learning Transfer platform fuelled by neuroscience and optimised by AI.

Stella is an acknowledged expert on the practical application of science-based learning to business performance. She has trained thousands of professionals in more than 25 years in L&D. Her sell-out book ‘Neuroscience for Learning and Development’ is translated into 4 languages and in its 3rd edition. Furthermore her LinkedIn Learning course has more than 30,000 participants. Stella engages and inspires audiences at international conferences, round table discussions, webinars, podcasts and blogs.  She’s host of the ‘Mind the Skills Gap’ podcast.

Stella has a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Human Communication, is a Fellow of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning, founder of the Brain Friendly Learning Group and one of the Brain Ladies.

Stella wants ‘A world where every minute spent learning is worth it!’

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About The Host

Lucinda Carney is a Business Psychologist with 15 years in Senior Corporate L&D roles. Lucinda, for over 10 years as CEO of Actus Software has worked closely with HR colleagues helping them to solve the same challenges across a huge range of industries. Certainly, it was this breadth of experience that inspired Lucinda to set up the HR Uprising community to facilitate greater collaboration across HR professionals in different sectors, helping them to ‘rise up’ together.

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