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Colaiste Dhulaigh

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Colaiste Dhulaigh is a community college in Dublin, Ireland, dedicated to providing the students within the community with the skills and confidence they need to further their education and enter the workforce. Dave Curran, the Head of Journalism and a Student Services team member in the Media department at the college, has found The Art of Learning to be an invaluable resource on his own path to learning and growth and has shared the book with many friends and colleagues. Curran explains that one of the aspects of the book that appeals to him is that, “Josh’s principles of learning take the mystique out of talent and progress. He makes excellence feel attainable.”

Curran plans to teach a seminar to journalism and media production students in which he hopes to provide the students with the tools to “approach tasks differently, aware that a result different to the one they hoped to achieve will be treated as learning rather than failure.”

The seminar will use learning principles such as Listening First and Loving the Game to help students discover their passions, The Power of Presence to provide the tools to improve focus in all aspects of learning, and Value Process Before Results and Investment in Loss to emphasize the learning opportunities present in mistakes.

“I want students to think creatively about how they approach their learning by viewing bad results or a lack of focus as something other than failure. Rather, they should treat these as steps toward being better students by reflecting on the causes.”

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

HENRICO, VA – J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College provides access to education that lays the groundwork for employment and career advancement while preparing students for successful transfer to colleges and universities. With an emphasis on personal enrichment and lifelong learning, Sargeant Reynolds helps to build a skilled workforce ready to contribute to regional economic development. Roberta Johnson, the Tutor Training/Best Practices Research/English Discipline Coordinator,  is using The Art of Learning and the companion Teacher’s Guide to work with peer tutors and give them insight into the learning process and how best to maximize their pedagogical impact within their community.  She says, “I   use The Art of Learning principles in tutor workshops with a focus on helping tutors with reflection and mindfulness as they relate to learning so they can share these strategies with their tutees.”