Cats on Ladders and First-Person Learning Experiences: Ryan Derby-Talbot

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In this 16 minutes TEDx video, Ryan Derby-Talbot explains the first person learning experience and how that is achieved by allowing students to work through problems towards mastery and innovation. 

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T. (2013, November 26). Cats on ladders and first-person learning experiences: Ryan Derby-Talbot at TEDxSquamish. Retrieved from