PhD Seminar: How Learning Works
The goal of this seminar is to help informatics PhD students, post-docs, and faculty to grow as teachers, by learning how humans learn. We discuss seven research-based principles of teaching and learning, and we discuss and apply a set of concrete strategies based on those principles.
The course is structured around a fantastic textbook:
You will connect the principles and strategies we cover to the specific course you currently assist in or teach. This means that you need to be a TA or instructor in some course at the time you are taking this seminar.
- How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman
This is an excellent introduction into teaching and learning at the university level. It covers the ideas of prior knowledge, knowledge organization, motivation, mastery, practice, feedback, student development, course climate, and metacognition. It is based on evidence from research on learning, and it provides strategies that you can directly apply in your own teaching. It's a book that's definitely worth buying. Not only will we read it in this course, but, should you pursue a career in academia, you are sure to go back to review this book many times throughout the years.