Center for Teaching and Learning
CTL Arenas - Cognition
This academic year we want to shift our professional development focus from
what we want students to learn in each of our courses and programs to
how students learn – the cognitive processes of learning. Grounding our
queries in the latest psychological and neuroscience research on learning
theory, we will see what learning looks like in the brain: how memories are
formed, what makes them lasting, how do we retrieve them and build on them?
Then, we will explore how this knowledge can be applied to the classroom to see
how we can most effectively teach the brains of different learners. The goals of
these activities are to broaden our learning culture, to enhance our teaching
repertoires', and to develop camaraderie among diverse instructors by viewing
our teaching through the lens of the learning process and by discussing how the
knowledge gained impacts classroom practice.
These topics will be explored through workshops, discussions, and Flex
activities. The entire
March Flex Day
will be dedicated to the theme of Cognition & Learning featuring a guest
speaker, James Zull of Case Western Reserve University, and multiple guided
discussion groups exploring how observed pedagogies engage the brain in
Please join us as we explore how people learn!
James Zull invites teachers in higher education or
any other setting to accompany him in his exploration of what scientists
can tell us about the brain and to discover how this knowledge can
influence the practice of teaching. He describes the brain in clear
non-technical language and an engaging conversational tone, highlighting
its functions and parts and how they interact, and always relating them
to the real world of the classroom and his own evolution as a teacher.