learning and retention

Exploring Current Beliefs about Personal Learning Strategies

The strategies students use to engage with and learn material are crucial in any course. The course may be well organized and delivered brilliantly, but instructors can’t control how students interact with the material outside of class. For years, scientists (and a shout-out to

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The Access Points to Our Knowledge

There are more than 2,000 islands along the coast of Maine, 200 of which are in the Penobscot Bay. My island, one of the few that is publicly connected to the mainland, is a 20-minute ferry ride shore to shore. We also have a

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How to Power Up Active Reading, Retention, and Engagement

Most academic courses require learners to do some amount of reading to provide background in core concepts, to demonstrate applications and use cases, and to elaborate intriguing new applications and directions—or maybe just to navigate the various prompts and guidelines. But reading is a skill,

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Turn Websites into Lessons with Insert Learning

One major advantage of online learning is that an instructor can use the power of the internet for course content. Instead of having to create each lesson as a lecture in a face-to-face class, they can direct students to the exceptional content that already exists

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The Benefits of Microlearning

Developed in the corporate training sector, microlearning is drawing attention from higher education as an alternative to traditional courses. As the name suggestions, microlearning involves short lessons on a relatively narrow topic, while traditional courses cover a range of topics within a general subject.

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Embodied Education: Teaching through Movement

If you were to compare the average college class with the average elementary school class, one thing you would immediately notice is that college students almost never move around after they have sat down, whereas elementary classes often involve hands-on activities that require movement. There

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Beat the Forgetting Curve with Boosted Learning

If you have studied a foreign language, you know that you start forgetting what you learn soon after you stop using it. But this phenomenon is not restricted only to foreign languages. In the 1880s, German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus identified a “forgetting curve” when he

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Using Imagery to Enhance Learning

Most faculty live in a world of words, whether it be lecturing, writing, or reading, and for this reason think in terms of text when creating learning modules. But images capture our attention in ways that words cannot. The video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

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Using Learning Science to Make Learning Durable

Have you done all you can do to design learning that will truly stick? In this article, we’ll share tips for how we implement three primary learning strategies—retrieval practice, spaced practice, and metacognition—in the courses we support in our roles as learning designers in the

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