The idea for Geolumina was born from Greg’s experience teaching conventional class-room-based courses and workshops that involve lots of big, thick manuals and powerpoint presentations. While this approach may satisfy many people, Greg realised that we need a change of approach in the 21st Century. People need to learn more in less time, more efficiently and effectively, be more focused and learn just-in-time, because ideas and technologies are changing faster than the conventional courses can keep up with.
Given these rapid changes in knowledge and wisdom, people need to develop their skills of unlearning and relearning, just to keep up.
The first thing we have to do is define what the question actually is! Seems obvious, but I meet so many people in the industry who are happily analyzing stuff, but without really knowing what the question is that they are trying to answer. We really must help peopl to clearly define the questions and the objectives of their studies, before they embark on their analysis. What is the question?, why do we need to know?, how do we answer the question? We also have to help people break out of the traditional teaching mindset that so many of us became accustomed to at school, namely trying to second guess what teacher wants us to say! In the classroom I very often ask a question, work through the reasoning with the trainees, answer the question and make sure the trainees understand how we came to that conclusion. Then I will ask the ... Read More
Geoscience education and training, like most education, focuses on teaching what to think, not how to think. Learning what to think only arms you to solve specific problems, but learning fundamental principles and concepts and how to apply them enables you to solve a much wider range of problems ... Read More
Seems obvious doesn't it? However, few of us have been taught "how to learn". In school you either knew and passed your exams, or you didn't, and you failed! ... Read More
As scientists, we spend too much time deconstructing and analysing in great detail, and we soon become isolated specialists, working in our silos, with our own specialist language that fewer and fewer people understand ... Read More
When we are faced with a geoscientific problem, we typically bring in the experts to collect more data and look in more and more detail. But so often, so much detail is established that we can no longer see the big picture ... Read More
The best way to test your thinking and find out if your ideas are organised in your mind is to teach. You cannot stand in front of a group of people and tell them something if it is not clear in your mind! ... Read More
One of the key elements of the Geolumina approach will be story telling. We tell "stories" in geoscience all the time, for example, basin (hi)story, depositional (hi)story, burial (hi)story, diagenetic (hi)story and many more ... Read More