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Columbia University

The Science of Learning - What Every Teacher Should Know

Columbia University and Teachers College, Columbia University via edX


This education course will show you, through current research, how we learn — the way our brain makes, stores, and retrieves memories.

You will examine common misconceptions and misunderstandings about learning that can prevent students from learning at their fullest capacity. Along the way you will explore the practical implications of cognitive science for classroom teaching in terms of choosing effective instructional strategies, developing useful assessments, motivating student effort, and designing learner-centered curricular units.

This course is aimed to enhance the practice of K-12 teachers.


Week 1: How the brain makes, stores, and retrieves memories.
Week 2: How student mindsets influence learning.
Week 3: How to help students become self-regulated learners.
Week 4: Teaching strategies based on cognitive science to maximize learning for all students.

Taught by

Pearl Rock Kane and Kevin Mattingly


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  • I really enjoyed this course. It was broken down into manageable pieces. Although much of this was not new for me, it was a great reminder of effective strategies for learning. I would recommend this course regardless of where you are in your educational career.
  • Davronbek
    i thing for teacher need to emprove your self. And emprove own mind so us to need game a logical games read a book

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