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CTL Lecture Series

Make It Stick:
The Science of Successful Learning

 

For an audience of faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants, the following lecture series focuses on insights from Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel’s (2014) Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

 About the Book:

 Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning comes from testing oneself, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. In other words, the most productive practices are ones that feel slow and unrewarding and are seldom adopted by learners. Make It Stick explains how learning and memory work by telling the stories of people who have who found their way to mastery of complex knowledge and skills–stories that illuminate the principles of learning that empirical research shows are highly effective.

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017
3:00-4:30 p.m. in UC 312
How Learning Works: An Overview – Dr. Gray Kane
 

This active-learning workshop will introduce Brown et al.’s (2014) Make It Stick with insights from its chapter “Learning Is Misunderstood.” Dr. Gray Kane, Faculty Development Analyst in the Center for Teaching and Learning, will explore common misconceptions about learning and new insights into the science of learning. Registered participants will receive a copy of Make It Stick.

Friday, October 27, 2017
3:00-4:00 p.m. in UC 312
Mix up Your Practice – Dr. Erin Lynch-Alexander
 

This active-learning workshop will draw from Brown et al.’s chapter “Mix up Your Practice.” Practice is essential to learning, but how students practice determines how well they integrate and recall what they learn. Dr. Erin Lynch-Alexander, Assistant Professor of Educational Specialties and Director of the Office of Student Research and Innovation, will explore the benefits of spaced, interleaved, and varied practice in developing complex mastery. Registered participants will receive a copy of Make It Stick.

 Wednesday, November 1, 2017
3:00-4:00 p.m. in UC 305
Embrace Difficulties – Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
 

This active-learning workshop will draw from Brown et al.’s chapter “Embrace Difficulties.” Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Assistant Professor of Social Work, will explore the roles of effortful recall and generative learning in building student capacity. Registered participants will receive a copy of Make It Stick.

Friday, December 1, 2017
3:00-4:30 p.m. in UC 312
Book Discussion – Make It Stick
 

This facilitated discussion will provide a forum for participants’ responses to Make It Stick. Anyone interested may pick up a copy of Make It Stick from the Center for Teaching and Learning at 325 Drane Street.

January 11, 2018
10:00-11:30 a.m. in UC 303 & 305
Make It Stick presentation and Q&A – Peter C. Brown
 

Many study habits and practices turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. Peter Brown, co-author of Make It Stick, will present the four big ideas from the book, show some of the underlying research, discuss implications for teachers and students, and describe some examples of classroom application.

January 11, 2018
1:00-3:30 p.m. in UC 303 & 305
Make It Stick workshop and plenary discussion – Peter C. Brown
 

Peter Brown, co-author of Make It Stick, will lead a workshop in which participants will work together to identify simple but durable learning strategies to facilitate student success in the classroom.

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