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How you can implement cognitive psychology to promote student learning

Documentation from Lunch 'n' Learn 11 May 2022

Published May 30, 2022

A Lunch ‘n’ Learn on how to implement research-based strategies from cognitive psychology. Learn more about retrieval practice and how it can be implemented in your course today. Marcus inspires thought and offers insights in the world of cognitive psychology.

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00:50 Presentation of the talk 

01:12 Marcus’s approach on learning 

02:12 Designing the educational settings to help students become better learners 

03:14 The cognitive psychology approach 

04:52 Basing instructional decisions 

08:36 The strategy “retrieval practice” 

09:58 Effortful processing 

10:15 Example of retrieval practice 

11:34 The aspects of retrieval practice 

20:53 Retrieval practice and metacognition 

21:57 Implementing retrieval practice 

25:45 Beneficial settings for a quiz and things to consider 

31:07 Other methods for retrieval practice 

33:03 Motivating students to become better learners 

33:49 Tips on how to start implementing

About the webinar


Marcus Lithander, research engineer and teacher at KTH, with a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in Cognitive Psychology, Applied Psychology and Prevention Science Program. He is a teacher in the KTH courses “Learn to learn online”, a course within lifelong learning, and in “Special Education and Perspectives on Learning and Development”. 

During the webinar, Marcus talks about research from cognitive psychology, and how we can use the findings to implement situations in our courses to promote student learning. We learn more about the aspects of retrieval practice, what it is and ways to motivate effortful processing to students.

The webinar also touches on spaced practice and suggests how you can use it. This includes some settings you can implement in Canvas to use spaced practice to trigger retrieval in the students at the right time.

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