Entries by Will Thalheimer

The GREAT 70-20-10 Debate — Tweet Stream

On November 2nd, 2017, the Debunker Club sponsored a one-hour Twitter debate using the hashtag #DebunkDebate. We have a wonderful, cacophonous dialog in typical Twitter-chat fashion. The file below contains all the tweets from the debate. Download Great 70-20-10 Debate Tweet Stream   Also, Cara North posted a prettier version here.    

March for Science

The Debunker Club is supporting the April 22, 2017 March for Science! We’re supporting it because scientific wisdom and evidence-based approaches are fundamental in our efforts in debunking myths in the learning field!!     More importantly, supporting science and scientists is vital to health, prosperity, democracy, and to the kind of truthful dialog that […]

The Debunker Club is Making a Difference!

The Debunker Club just held the "June is Debunk Learning Styles Month," enlisting its members and the larger community of learning professionals to debunk the myth that learning styles are valuable in designing learning. Here's a review of some of the evidence we were using. So, did we make a difference in just one short […]

Discovery Learning is Not Generally Effective

Myth: Discovery learning (also known as problem-based learning, inquiry learning, experiential learning and constructivist learning) hypothesizes that people learn best in an unguided or minimally-guided environment. That is, they learn best, NOT when they are presented with essential information, but when they discover or construct essential information for themselves.   Description: A popular premise for […]

How to Present Learning Objectives to Learners

Myths: There are many: Learning objectives presented to learners must (a) follow Mager’s recommendation to include three separate parts (e.g., performance, conditions, criteria), (b) can use words that are not salient in the learning material, (c) can be presented long before learners encounter the learning material, (d) must utilize action verbs (and cannot use the […]

People Do NOT Forget at Predictable Rates

Myth: People forget at predictable rates regardless of other factors. For example, “People forget 40% of what they learned in 20 minutes and 77% of what they learned in six days.” “People forget 90% after one month.” “People forget 50-80% of what they’ve learned after one day and 97-98% after a month.” Description: There are […]

Learning Styles are NOT an Effective Guide for Learning Design

Myth: By diagnosing learners based on their learning styles, and then using that diagnosis to guide instruction, learning will be improved. Description: Probably today’s most ubiquitous learning myth is that people have different learning styles and that these learning styles can be diagnosed and used in learning design to create more effective learning interventions. This […]