The science of learning NE709 / A21
Online, self-paced course, created in collaboration with Professor Paul Howard-Jones and Professor Tim Jay, funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the Education and Neuroscience Initiative. Develop an understanding of the science of learning and consider its impact on your teaching. Draw upon educational neuroscience and psychology to help you interpret student learning and behaviour in your classroom.
You'll reflect on your practice, improve how you interact with students, better justify your approach and be better informed about how students learn. Your students will benefit from your improved understanding of the plasticity of the brain, and with exposure to some of the ideas in the course, will be better placed themselves to understand their own learning potential.
After participating in this course you'll be able to discuss your insights with colleagues, in particular combating neuroscience myths and being better placed to justify why certain teaching approaches are effective.
Ultimately, you will address the question: What is learning?
Who is it for?
What topics are covered?
- learning to learn: the first week introduces the science of learning, busting myths and providing a scientific basis for understanding what’s happening in your classroom. The engage-build-consolidate model will be introduced and revisited throughout the course
- engagement for learning: consider the effects of praise, rewards, novelty and anxiety on the learning process
- building knowledge: the science behind drawing upon prior knowledge, how new learning is encoded in the brain in a multisensory way and the impact of body language
- consolidation of learning: the relationship between working memory and long-term memory, how learning is consolidated through different contexts and the role of sleep
- plasticity: the plasticity of the brain and the roles students and teachers play in shaping it
How will you learn?
How long is this course?
Who is the course leader?
• Tim Jay
• Paul Howard-Jones
• Karen Hornby
• Rachel Jackson
- explore how the science of learning applies to your classroom to provide insight into how your students learn and their learning potential
- develop your approach to engaging students with their learning
- apply an understanding of what is happening in the brain to improve your students’ longer term memory and retrieval of knowledge
- discuss and articulate your teaching and learning choices with your colleagues
- engage in action research and collaborate with researchers in the science of learning
|The science of learning||02 August 2021||00:00-00:00||Online course|
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|State-funded school or college||Activity fee£150.00 +VAT|
|Fee-paying school or college (independent)||Activity fee£187.50 +VAT|
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