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Free Online Course on the Science of Learning – What Every Teacher Should Know

Teachers College is offering a free online course on Science of Learning – What Every Teacher Should Know. This course is aimed to enhance the practice of K-12 teachers.

This is an introductory teaching course applicants will learn how to use current research to improve classroom outcomes. This course is self-paced.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 3 hours pw
Subject: Education & Teacher Training
Institution: Columbia University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: At your own pace

Providers’ Details

Teachers College, Columbia University is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States and is also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: education, health, leadership, and psychology.

About This Course

Students will examine common misconceptions and misunderstandings about learning that can prevent students from learning at their fullest capacity. Along the way, you will explore the practical implications of cognitive science for classroom teaching in terms of choosing effective instructional strategies, developing useful assessments, motivating student effort, and designing learner-centered curricular units.

Why Take This Course?

This education course will show you, through current research, how we learn — the way our brain makes, stores, and retrieves memories.

Learning Outcomes

  • How the brain encodes memories, stores them, and retrieves them for later use;
  • Why working memory is so important for learning and ways to prevent it from getting overloaded;
  • Strategies for making memories that “stick” and can be readily recalled when needed;
  • Misconceptions that many students have about learning and ways to correct them;
  • How student mindsets and beliefs about learning can help or hinder their academic success;
  • How to help students become independent and self-regulated learners so they can lead their own learning;
  • Teaching strategies and assessment techniques that maximize student learning.

Instructors

Kevin Mattingly

Dr. Kevin Mattingly has been a science teacher, administrator, and athletic coach for 35 years in junior high and high schools. In addition, he has taught graduate courses in learning theory and its practical teaching applications for 10 years at Teachers College Columbia University.

Pearl Rock Kane

Pearl Rock Kane, a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, holds the Klingenstein Family Chair for the Advancement of Independent School Education.  She holds a Master of Arts degree from Smith College and a doctorate from Teachers College.

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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