April 6, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Happy Friday, roundup readers! Let’s jump straight to this week’s food for thought.

The Idea That We Each Have A ‘Learning Style’ Is Bogus — Here’s Why
We’re always gratified to see others speaking up about something we hold to be true here at Udemy. While lots of people believe they are “visual learners,” for example, research just doesn’t back it up. Yet, as this article points out, 96% of teachers still buy into the myth. A new study hopes to put this issue to bed once and for all.

Humans Produce New Brain Cells Throughout Their Lives, Say Researchers
Another commonly held belief is that we stop growing new brain cells after a certain point. That may be a convenient crutch for reluctant adult learners, but the finding that the opposite is true is great news for treating neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s.

Learning a Little About Something Makes Us Overconfident
More new research, and this time it relates to a subject near and dear to our hearts: the skills gap. In this case, college students expressed confidence in their ability to work in teams, think critically, and communicate effectively. Employers disagreed. As it turns out, “unconscious incompetence” is something people “grow into” as they learn just enough to become overconfident in their abilities.

1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring for Apple
Steve Jobs was a trailblazer in plenty of ways, and this article posits he was ahead of his time in rejecting “professional” managers for those who were driven by passion. Rather than focus on an applicant’s resume or past experience, Jobs wanted “passionate problem solvers.” Check out the full video of Jobs explaining this hiring philosophy.

You Can Now Get A PhD In Creativity
As we’ve said before, to keep your career in track in the 21st century requires possessing talents that can’t be automated. Creativity is one of those competencies, so now a university in Philadelphia is offering a doctoral degree that’s earned through cross-disciplinary workshops. Good to see higher ed trying to adapt to the evolving needs of students and the new realities of what jobs look like today.