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Art of learning

The program focuses on five filelds of study:

1) Keys of Originality – Teaching simple methods for improving creativity. Such methods can be a part of the everyday practice. By improving creativity, people can regain their capability of open mind thinking and thus understand the world on a higher level.
2) Learning methods – Such methods that can help to make the process of learning as enjoyable and easy as possible. They can help to organize the structure of memory, improve recall and give an aid to find associations in between different learning materials.
3) Lecturing – Teaching basic rules of lectures and presentations (how to grab the attention of the audience, how to avoid the usual “pitfalls”, how to overcome “stage fright” etc.) and acquiring knowledge about the latest presentation softwares (including Prezi, Leonar3Do etc.).
4) Analysis of the Social Media and Relaxation – Using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) for collecting information regarding any topics for eg. for writing scientific papers, wise application of searching systems available on the internet and discovering sites important for teaching and learning. Learning the basics of relaxation.
5) Exam – The participants present their own presentations in front of the group while getting feed-backs from each-other and the leader of the course.
There is no prerequisition for the course. It consist of 5 meetings 4 university hours per each. At the end of the course the participants take an exam.

1st meeting: Keys of Originality – Teaching simple methods for improving creativity. Such methods can be a part of the everyday practice. By improving creativity, people can regain their capability of open mind thinking and thus understand the world on a higher level.
Some key elements:
– Creativity in the light of transactional psychology (possibilities for enhancing the “creative child” living inside of us)
– Creative problem solving (10 exercises for creativity improvement. Everybody has an opportunity for choosing the best ones for herself/himself.)
– Everyday methods for creativity improvement (20-25 games and exercises in small groups and large group)

2nd meeting: Learning methods – Such methods that can help to make the process of learning as enjoyable
and easy as possible. They can help to organize the structure of memory, improve recall and give an aid to find associations in between different learning materials.
Some key elements:
– Neurologic base of learning, the role and function of Short Term Memory and Long Term Memory (short lecture)
– Connection in between emotions and learning (presentation and exercise)
– Acquiring individually shaped mnemotechnic methods (PQRST method, Mind Mapping, Locus Method, Storybuilding, ABC method, learning numbers, learning names etc. – introduction into the application of the methods, individual and small group exercises)
– Basic methods of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) (anchoring, refraiming, VAKOG method)
– Creation of brainwave synergy and it role in learning (the application of Natura Sound Therapy software and its advantages in learning)
– Time management in learning (how to use time of learning more effectively making the period of learning much shorter)
– Biological background of learning (breathing, nutrition, yoga exercises)

3rd meeting: Lecturing – Teaching basic rules of lectures and presentations (how to grab the attention of the audience, how to avoid the usual “pitfalls”, how to overcome “stage fright” etc.) and acquiring knowledge about the latest presentation softwares (including Prezi, Leonar3Do etc.).
Some key elements:
– Basic differences in between a lecture and a presentation
– Making an 8 minute long presentation as perfect as possible on a conference (basic rules of creating and holding presentations)
– Overcoming nervousness while holding a lecture or presentation
– The latest softwares applied presenting your material.
– Making 3D presentations
Making your own presentation about a given topic – exercise (searching for material, collecting the presentation, keeping the rules of presentation, evaluation)

4th meeting: Analysis of the Social Media and Relaxation – Using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) for collecting information regarding any topics for eg. for writing scientific papers, wise application of searching systems available on the internet and discovering sites important for teaching and learning and learning the basics of relaxation.
Some key elements:
– How to find relevant material on the World Wide Web? (Search engines, searching methods)
– Searching for illustration materials (pictures, videos, other materials) for your presentation or lecture (introducing Slideshare, Scholar, Digg, Knol etc.)
– Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 and the exploitation of their possibilities (thematic and semantic search)
– Free internet sources of lectures and teaching/learning materials
– Organizing virtual conferences in cyberspace (Second Life, Conference Alert etc.)

5th meeting: Exam – The participants present their own presentations in front of the group while getting feed-backs from each-other and the leader of the course.