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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Wednesday, June 17 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
CON04.CreativeDiscussion01 - YO-GAgné’s events of instruction (Achieving harmony – tuning into practice) LIMITED

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For intentional learning to occur, we have to attend physically to the learning environment, to be mentally prepared to learn, and to be tuned into the present moment. Whether we are in the classroom or at the computer, such body-mind harmony is a desirable state conducive to learning. Today, more than ever, students are faced with numerous distractions while trying to engage in the learning process. Many believe that they are capable of successfully navigating this challenging new environment, but it is often not the case. While we need to think of innovative ways to help students tune into the learning process, we might also look for inspiration in traditional and even ancient forms of teaching, learning, and practice, because while the technology evolves rapidly, human brains and behaviors do not change at the same pace. Yoga is a millennia old practice of achieving harmony of the mind, body, and spirit. Similarly to Gagné’s “Nine Events of Instruction,” a traditional Hatha Yoga class has, at the core of its structure, several mandatory events that aim to bring practitioners into the present moment, to prepare them for learning and practice both physically and mentally, and to guide, reinforce, and enhance retention. In this session, we will examine a traditional Hatha Yoga class in light of "events of instruction" and discuss possible strategies for helping students immerse in and get most out of the learning experience.

Farhi, D. (2006), Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship. Rodmell Press.

Gagné, R.M. (1985). The Conditions of Learning and Theory of Instruction (4th ed.). New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

Kirschner, P. A., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2013). Do learners really know best? Urban legends in education. Educational Psychologist., 48:3, 169-183, doi: 10.1080/00461520.2013.804395

Smith, P. L., & Ragan, T. J. (2005). Instructional Design (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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avatar for Maristela Petrovic-Dzerdz (Carleton University)

Maristela Petrovic-Dzerdz (Carleton University)

Instructional Design Coordinator, Carleton University
Education, Pedagogy, Distance Education, Instructional Design


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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