Understanding Learning Theory
Learning Theory and Research Changes in LearningLearning Styles

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"New developments in the science of learning raise important questions about the design of learning environments -- questions that suggest the value of rethinking what is taught, how it is taught, and how it is assessed"
Bransford, Brown, & Cocking (2000), p. 131

Cognitive learning theory and research provide valuable insights into how to design instruction to enhance student learning. Welcome to Understanding Learning Theory, an online module in the Supporting Student Success Series, developed by the IUPUI Office for Professional Development. In this module, you will consider how the work of cognitive scientists can help you design more effective instruction for your students. You will do this by applying general principles of learning to instructional design, examining how learning changes over the college years, and exploring individual differences in how people learn. You will also identify your own learning preferences and consider how these might be related to your instructional choices and the learning preferences of your students.

As questions arise, please discuss them with your colleagues or a consultant at your local center for teaching and learning. IUPUI faculty may contact the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning to discuss questions.

This module consists of three sections:
Section 1: Learning theory & research
Section 2: Changes in learning over the college years
Section 3: Learning styles

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