Improving Teaching with Psychology

By on January 25, 2017

Improving Teaching with Psychology

Leader: James Schaeffer, (james.schaeffer@mavs.uta.edu)

Description: The focus of this learning community will be on applying evidence from psychological research to improve teaching strategies, course design, and student learning outcomes. Members of the learning community will discuss ways in which these principles could be implemented in the classroom, and will also be encouraged to share their own research and suggestions about how research from their fields may also be used to improve teaching. Therefore, the purpose of this learning community will be to develop ways to apply our collective knowledge of psychology to improve student success in class and to encourage graduate students to think critically about their teaching strategies and student learning outcomes.

Location and Times: Meetings will be held every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Life Science Building Room 501 (February 6th-May 1st)

Monday, February 6th

  • Introduction to CIRTL
  • Introduction to this learning community (purpose and goals)
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe and recognize the value of learning communities, and how they impact on student learning

Monday, February 20th

  • Massed vs. Distributed Practice
  • Discussion topic
    • How might you design a course to encourage distributed practice?
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe and recognize the value of realistic well-defined, achievable, measurable and student-centered leaning goals

Monday, March 6th

  • The Importance of Testing
  • Discussion topics
    • What are some methods of testing? Advantages and disadvantages?
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals

Monday, March 20th

  • Creating Associations and Depth of Processing
  • Discussion topic
    • What are good ways to make course material relatable and encourage deep processing?
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals

Monday, April 3rd

  • Attention
  • Discussion topic
    • What are some ways to capture student’s attention and keep them interested?
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals

Monday, April 17th

  • Developing Good Study Habits
  • Discussion topics
    • How might you design a course that encourages good study habits?
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe and recognize the value of realistic well-defined, achievable, measurable and student-centered learning goals

Monday, May 1st

  • Maintaining a healthy brain
  • Discussion topic
    • What are some examples of simple lifestyle changes that anyone could make to maintain a healthy brain?
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals

 

 

 

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