Monday, 14 August 2017

Tips for Learning and Training / AI and Machine Learning

3. Time on task

"It takes time to learn anything worthwhile. To accumulate knowledge and skills. To integrate this new learning, and be able to, and be confident applying this in the workplace, and real life settings.
This is the difference between undertaking a program of training, and formal courses, compared with short symposia and workshops, or an isolated lecture. Formal training programs gives students time, space, and a place to learn. On a regular basis. This promotes a cumulative increase in learning. Combining theoretical learning with practical case studies integrates basic principles with practice points, and promotes transfer of learning from the classroom to the real world. Online learning programs should include elements from traditional classroom practices which facilitate learning. This includes scheduled time to review the learning material, to work on applying what is learnt by working on assessments and assignments, individually and by learning collaboratively with peers; as well as provide opportunities for timely feedback from instructors."

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Goh, P.S. A series of reflections on eLearning, traditional and blended learning. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:19. Epub 2016 Oct 14.

Hence the questions which are often asked when inquiring about the background and training of a prospective employee/trainee:
-Educational and training background?
-With whom?
-Doing what? (curriculum)
-Know, know how, show how, does
-Tell me about...
-What do you think about...
-What would you do when...
-Show me...
-Demonstrate how you would...
-Let's see how this candidate...

11. The motivation of your learners, their interest/attention/engagement is key
-Why before How

"Effective learning, and deep learning require interest in a topic, a commitment to learning by our students, regular and systematic participation in an educational process and program, with active engagement with the educational content and the training process. Effective teaching requires awareness of the educational background and prior experience of our students, efforts to maintain and increase motivation in our students, careful and knowledgeable selection of instructional content, and use of interactive and active learning exercises, sequenced and built into a systematic and programmatic educational and training process. Educational technology can anchor and facilitate both effective learning and teaching."

above from
Goh PS. eLearning or technology enhanced learning in medical education - Hope, not hype. Med Teach. 2016 Sep; 38(9): 957-958, Epub 2016 Mar 16

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"At OpenAI, Mr. Amodei and his colleague Paul Christiano are developing algorithms that can not only learn tasks through hours of trial and error, but also receive regular guidance from human teachers along the way."
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"To get computers to think like humans, we need a new A.I. paradigm, one that places “top down” and “bottom up” knowledge on equal footing. Bottom-up knowledge is the kind of raw information we get directly from our senses, like patterns of light falling on our retina. Top-down knowledge comprises cognitive models of the world and how it works."
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"... a computer that can learn as humans do, cumulatively, over the long term ..."
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