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Symposium Express: Introducing ‘Learning How to Learn’ Principles: Concepts and Impact on the Student Experience

September 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


September 26, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Facilitator: Tanya Kirsch, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Management, UTM

September 26, 2017
Robarts Library, 4th floor
Blackburn Room

Symposium Express workshops feature facilitators from the 10th Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium. This series spotlights sessions run at the Symposium, allowing our community to attend and engage with sessions they may have missed on the day.

In combining learning science with pedagogy, a number of “Learning How to Learn” concepts from a Coursera “Massive Open Online Course” (MOOC) were introduced into the pedagogy of a third year Finance course with the aim of enhancing student learning both inside and outside the classroom. This practical session shares and discusses the ideas, tools and techniques of “Learning How to Learn” and highlights its impact on the student learning experience. The session is relevant to a variety of disciplines as the tools are generic, and not specific to the Finance course where they were introduced. The tools were used in a class size of 65 students, but can be applied equally to both small and large class formats.

In this workshop participants will:

  • be introduced to a number of tools that were shared in the classroom through video clips, readings and worksheets. In particular, the following learning tools will be reviewed: The Pomodoro Technique, The 30-Second Summary; The importance of retrieval in learning; Chunking; Interleaving; Practice makes Permanent; The importance of Exercise in Learning and The Importance of Sleep in Learning
  • gain insights into the impact on the student learning experience through an overview of the feedback from student evaluations of these tools

The session will actively engage participants through:

  • Review and discussion of concepts presented
  • Application of some of the concepts during the session (e.g., The Pomodoro technique; The 30-second summary)
  • Discussion of why students responded so positively to the “Learning How to Learn” tools?
  • Discussion of other ways MOOC’s could be used to add to the traditional classroom environment


Oakley, Barbara, Terrence Sejnowski, and Becca Judd. “Learning how to learn” course on Coursera

The Pomodoro Technique “Staying Focused during the day”  https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/pomodoro-technique.htm?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=09Sep14

Karpicke, Jeffrey D, and Henry L Roediger. “The Critical Importance of Retrieval for Learning.” Science 319, no. 5865 (2008): 966-68.

Scott, Robyn. “The 30 Second Habit That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Life.” Huffington Post, April 20, 2014.

Steven C. Pan, “The Interleaving Effect: Mixing It Up Boosts Learning,” Scientific American, August 4, 2015.

Stickgold, Robert, and Jeffrey M Ellenbogen. “Quiet! Sleeping Brain at Work.” Scientific American Mind 19, no. 4 (2008): 22-29.

Bransford, John D, A. L. Brown, R. R. Cocking, M Suzanne Donovan, and JW Pellegrino. “How People Learn.” Washington, DC:National Academy Press, 2000.

Jabr, Ferris. “Why walking helps us think”. The New Yorker. September 3, 2014


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