Student Learning

AI Study Aids for Improved Learning

Many students struggle with their education due to poor study skills. They wait until the last minute to cram for an exam, when spaced repetition of the material at set intervals across a course is a much more effective learning method. Many will also just

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The Curious Role of Curiosity in Student Learning

On July 20, 2007, millions of people around the world were filled with a mix of anticipation and trepidation. What was the cause? The seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) was set to be released at

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In Defense of Boring and Other Supposed Teaching Taboos

PNC Bank recently rolled out a national ad campaign touting the virtues of boring money management. Rather than chasing after high-risk cryptocurrencies or the latest meme stock, the commercial posits that unexciting is the key to financial security. The philosophy is captured in the bank’s

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Multitasking Enhancements and Distractions to Learning

Most instructors breathe an inner sigh when they see a roomful of students on laptops in their classroom. Students say that they are taking notes, but we know that even those who are taking notes periodically switch to texting, emailing, or other distractions during class.

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What Makes Teaching Hard?

There are a myriad of answers to this seemingly simple question. Grading probably comes to mind for many faculty, but there is certainly more to the challenge of teaching than that. Some teachers blame students they deem ill-prepared, unmotivated, ungrateful, uncooperative, and entitled. Others might

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Teaching Self-Regulated Learning: Two Methods

Back when I was an undergraduate, students were thought to drop out of college because either they failed to take it seriously or couldn’t handle the academic rigor. But now higher education recognizes that many students fail due to lack of self-regulated learning skills. These

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Let’s Get Real: Does Using AI Aid Learning?

Barely a day goes by without the latest invitation to a seminar on artificial intelligence or some handwaving about how AI could end the world as we know it. AI has already changed the world. Google searches incorporate AI. Most websites you interact with use

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Establishing Class Norms That Promote Learning

In 1936, psychologist Muzafer Sherif reported a landmark study on the creation of social norms. Sherif made use of an optical illusion called the autokinetic effect. When people view a stationary pinpoint of light in a dark environment, they will perceive the light to move

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