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Student Ability, Self-Regulated Spaced Practice, and Performance In Online Learning

Student Ability, Self-Regulated Spaced Practice, and Performance In Online Learning

Recording authentic student study behavior A recently published study by Carvalho, Sana, and Yan (1) contributes to the evidence base supporting spaced practice by approaching the question about the benefits of spaced practice differently: They recorded the authentic study behavior of students enrolled in an online course. The online course consisted of 12 units and…
GUEST POST: How Exercise Improves Student Mental Health

GUEST POST: How Exercise Improves Student Mental Health

The activity connectionIn the last decade, research on the link between exercise and mental health has increased significantly. A paper (4) reviewed the research since 2011 into the link between exercise and depression, self-esteem, anxiety and cognitive functioning and found that the strongest link was found between exercise and cognitive function. For depression, the intervention…
A Statistics Primer for the Overwhelmed Educator

A Statistics Primer for the Overwhelmed Educator

Factorial ANOVAs are a bit more complicated. A factorial ANOVA means there is more than one factor being examined. Maybe we’re interested in both multiple choice vs. short answer questions as well as whether the questions are factual or applied. There are two factors that require a factorial ANOVA. There can be more factors and…
Six Strategies for Effective Distance Learning: A Summary for Teachers

Six Strategies for Effective Distance Learning: A Summary for Teachers

By Megan SumerackiCurrently, in 2020, most of us are engaging in some sort of distance learning, and planning to do so in the near future. So, in the most recent podcast, Episode 47, I talked about emergency distance instruction and a few ways that the six strategies could be implemented in distance courses. For today’s…
Digest #143: Using Podcasts

Digest #143: Using Podcasts

During the COVID-19 quarantine one of the challenges facing teachers is how to adapt their courses to teaching online. In our last digest we offered a number of resources to support teaching and learning online. In this digest we will focus on one way to teach online: using podcasts.
Time Management: What is it, who has it, and can you improve it?

Time Management: What is it, who has it, and can you improve it?

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Time management can refer to a wide range of behaviors and can look very different from person to person. There are lots of different systems and approaches to time management. Making a to-do list, keeping a planner, setting event reminders in your phone, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and marking events on a calendar can all…
Book Review: How Learning Happens (Kirschner & Hendrick)

Book Review: How Learning Happens (Kirschner & Hendrick)

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By Carolina Kuepper-TetzelA few weeks ago, Paul Kirschner contacted us and said that he co-wrote a new book with Carl Hendrick and wondered whether we would be interested in reviewing it in form of a blog post. So, here I am now, sitting in my living room: laptop on my lap, book by my side,…
GUEST POST: The Power of Metacognition in Everyday Life

GUEST POST: The Power of Metacognition in Everyday Life

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The inner voice and inner ear may be central to consciousness (2). The point is that talking to yourself is a powerful tool for successful living. I have previously described how to use your inner voice in order to practice metacognitive quality-control of your reading and self-regulation of your learning. You can learn how to…
GUEST POST: Learning from Video

GUEST POST: Learning from Video

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ModelingAs children mature from toddler to adolescent, they often value peer model more than parent model. However, they still look to others to guide their behaviors. Learning from positive peer behavior and interactions is one of the strongest arguments for inclusion and heterogeneous grouping in classes.  Strouse et al.’s (2018) study indicates that no significant…
Digest #142 (COVID-19 Edition): Online Teaching and Learning Resources

Digest #142 (COVID-19 Edition): Online Teaching and Learning Resources

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In today’s digest, we would like to provide resources for teachers, students, and parents during the challenging COVID-19 quarantine. Learning and teaching is still going on, but mostly shifted online. In the past few days, we have all probably come across different resources to support this online learning experience and we thought it would be…

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