Welcome to the forty-fifth issue of The LTO Best Practices. Each month, the Learning & Teaching Office will be spotlighting a timely topic in education. This March, our topic is "How Students Learn."
Check out our page of Teaching Tips handouts for more downloadable documents on a variety of teaching topics.
In their article for Change Magazine, Halpern and Hakel review how research on human learning can help improve our pedagogy [pdf]. They define the underlying goal for any kind of formal instruction as “the assumption that knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in this setting will be recalled accurately, and will be used in some other context at some time in the future” (2003). They lay out some basic principles for enhancing long-term retention and transfer of learning:
"The LTO Best Practices" is produced monthly by Michelle Schwartz, Research Associate at The Learning & Teaching Office of Ryerson University.
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