Shankar Vedantam and his team at NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast, created an amazing episode entitled “When Things Click: The Power of Judgment-Free Learning.

The episode is about 50 minutes long and starts by explaining the common animal training technique known as clicker training. It later tells the story of Dr. Martin Levy and how he uses it “to help new surgeons learn their craft.”

This is a great episode that really makes you think about learning mastery and how using different teaching approaches can lead to better learning outcomes. Dr. Levy found how important it is to break skills into small, incremental steps. He co-authored a paper entitled, “Is Teaching Simple Surgical Skills Using an Operant Learning Program More Effective Than Teaching by Demonstration?

This is a great podcast to stimulate a discussion on teaching and learning. Give it a listen! It is about dogs and teaching – what could be better?

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