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Our learning initiative

Garie studies English grammar and linguistics through a learning initiative. He also continues to put the teaching style of problem-based learning into action by finding a solution to the problem of independent writers/editors like him having all the necessary tools to achieve traditional publishing standards.

Problem-based learning

One of the specific benefits of problem-based learning is that one develops transferable skills. Garie has applied problem-based learning to create a continuing education strategy in the following areas:

  • Typography/typesetting and orthography
  • Website and digital content development
  • Manuscript editing
  • English grammar and linguistics
  • Fiction writing and narratology
  • Print book and eBook publishing

Problem-based learning can be used to exploit one’s own learning style. According to Melody Wilding, writing for Harvard Business Review, the mental process of “making connections and anticipating eventualities” is a quality associated with what is called the sensitive brain. “This means that as a sensitive striver you have the power to channel your thinking with greater precision.”

Harvey Weingarten, the author of Nothing Less than Great: Reforming Canada’s Universities, has noted one of the benefits of problem-based learning in educational settings. In a CBC Radio article titled “Why universities are failing to prepare students for the job market,” Weingarten has also said, “The research we have says they have very good labour market outcomes.”

We use problem-based learning as an innovation that supports education and research, the principle of which is: Work the solution out rather than find instant answers. This approach encourages intrinsic rewards, another benefit of problem-based learning.

Some of these key rewards that we have identified as intrinsic include the following:

  • Growth mindset, which Stanford Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman has defined, “is not about attaching your sense of reward to the ultimate goal; it’s about attaching your sense of reward to the fact that you’re making action steps that are generally in the right direction.”
  • Time, from a Kabalarian philosophical point of view, “is really ‘intelligence in motion’ because time is actually growth that starts from a point called seeding and extends through to fruition or harvest when completion of growth takes place and seeds for the next cycle are provided.”
  • Fighting procrastination, which inc.com suggests to do to increase the quality of your work: “Force yourself to work on a task for just five minutes, with the understanding that you can quit after five minutes if you like.… This simple mental trick is usually just to get you started.”

Fields of study

The following fields of study are underscored by links to some of the most reputable sources that also serve as reference material. The knowledge that they provide support the educational content found on this website.