Areas of Expertise: Content Creation, E-Learning, & Governance
What can somebody learn from an app on a smartphone? Plenty, says Marion Thomson Howell.
Thomson Howell is the executive in residence in charge of Capacity's Axonify project. Axonify, a technology company based in Waterloo, Ont., applies brain science to develop anywhere, anytime e-learning. Capacity is using the Axonify platform as a governance-training tool for directors of social-profit organizations.
Directors learn by answering short packets of questions through an app on their computer, tablet or phone. Questions answered incorrectly loop back later in the training period.
"The evidence behind brain science is pretty compelling," says Thomson Howell, president of Shaughnessy Howell Inc. "When people learn in small bites, when they revisit content over time, it anchors learning."
Thomson Howell's own board experience includes St. Jerome’s University and St. Mary's General Hospital (Kitchener).
"I love operating at that level," she says about governance roles. "There's a lot to be done, and a lot we could do better."