UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Presented by:
Veronica Yan, PhD, Department of Psychology, UCLA

We spend the entirety of our lives learning—first, as children exploring the world, then as school students throughout our youth, and then as lifelong learners beyond formal schooling. From our decades of experience, therefore, we should all be experts in how to learn. Yet, decades of cognitive research have shown that our intuitions about learning are oftentimes exactly wrong—leading us to choose suboptimal learning strategies over more effective and efficient ones. Despite the temptation to make learning feel easy, research has proven that durable and flexible learning results from more effortful learning. The strategies that enhance learning—through engaging learners in more effortful and elaborative processes—are referred to as “desirable difficulties”. We will cover not only what these strategies are, but also discuss why they promote deeper learning and how they may be incorporated into classroom instruction.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866. 

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.

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