Students as Learners

Brain Based Learning

Some of the most foundational research in teaching and learning to emerge in the past 40 years suggests the existence of a wide range of learning styles in our classrooms and communities.  Some of the most recent research to come out of learning sciences zooms down to the cellular level and explores how the synapses and neurons in our brain function and change during the learning process. Taken in total, this research forces us to reconsider the very notion of what learning is. The articles and links below touch on some of these ideas.

A Dozen Important Brain-Based Concepts (Wilson, 2014)
Veteran post-secondary educator Leslie Owen Wilson offers a detailed overview of brain-based learning strategies and concepts

Rethinking the Way College Students Learn (American RadioWorks, 2011)
This thought-provoking series of articles (derived from podcasts produced by American Public Media) questions the effectiveness of lecture in the college classroom and explores instructional methods some physics professors at elite universities use in place of lecture.

Working with First Generation Students

A first-generation student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not earned a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.  A first-generation student often faces a unique set of challenges in a college setting.  For example, they may lack support or guidance from parents/guardians who don’t have experience in higher education.  Moreover, they are often less academically prepared and come from families with lower incomes than their peers whose parents attended college.  The following links explore these issues and how to help foster their success in the classroom.

Links coming soon


Talkers and Listeners (Singham, 2012)
Are you a talker or a listener?  And how does this impact you (or your students) as a learner?