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Course Overview

What is learning? How does it work? On this course you try and answer these questions, exploring how you can use the science of learning to inform your teaching and support your students’ learning.

Drawing upon educational neuroscience and psychology (and combating neuroscience myths), you will learn how to interpret research to be better informed about how your students learn. Throughout the course, you will reflect on your own practice as a teacher, learning how to justify and improve your approach.

Week 1

Busting myths

Welcome to the course

Fact or fiction?

Exploring the science of learning

Week 2

Engagement for learning

What is engagement?

Ways of engagement

Anxious learners

Mirror! Mirror!

Week 3

Building of knowledge and understanding

Making the connections

Working memory

Multisensory learning

Week 4

Consolidation of learning

Consolidation of learning

Practice as learning

Sleeping for learning

The whole learning process

Week 5

The Science of Learning in your classroom

The importance of teachers

Evaluating EBC

Engaging critically with the research

Action research as a teacher

Reviewing your professional development

This course is for teachers, NQT, RQT in primary, secondary and FE STEM subjects. Teaching assistants, tutors and ITT may also benefit, though the course will be framed within teaching classroom contexts. You will need recent classroom experience to benefit from the reflective activities on this course.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Explore how the science of learning applies to your classroom to provide insight into how your students learn and their learning potential
  • Develop your approach to engaging students with their learning
  • Apply an understanding of what is happening in the brain to improve your students’ longer term memory and retrieval of knowledge
  • Discuss and articulate your teaching and learning choices with your colleagues
  • Engage in action research and collaborate with researchers in the science of learning