Research in the learning sciences provides an invaluable insight into how we learn and how we can design teaching that supports learning best. In this course, participants will gain a foundation in relevant concepts of research on learning and will produce a plan to apply evidence-based findings in their teaching.
Week One will focus on:
- introducing the learning sciences
- discovering some common beliefs and misconceptions about learning
- exploring the learning brain: perception, attention and memory
Week Two will focus on:
- becoming familiar with some key strategies for effective learning and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
- reflecting on how teaching can align with science-based findings on how we learn
Week Three will focus on:
- participants planning the application of some of the learning sciences concepts in one of their courses (this constitutes the final activity of the course)
The course is activity-based and participants are expected to participate and complete weekly activities to put into practice the topics introduced in the course. This course does not include graded assignments. The course includes teacher and peer feedback.
To pass the course, participants are expected to complete all activities of the course. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a formal certificate.
The course will run for three weeks, from the 25th of October to the 12th of November 2021.
It is expected that participants spend 4-5 hours every week working with the materials and activities that will be introduced every Monday.
This is a fully online course, taking place asynchronously in Canvas. Additionally, there will be three online synchronous sessions - one at the end of each week, lasting for approximately one hour and reserved for open discussion and Q&A.