LEARNING TO LEARN BETTER
2018/2019, Semester 2
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Inst For Appln Of Learning Sci & Ed Tech)
Modular Credits: 2
This module considers techniques for learning derived from the fundamental science and understanding of how we learn. It reveals steps on the path to more effective learning by using a set of simple, pragmatic rules; rules to build motivation and rules to speed up the learning process over both the short and long term. By viewing 12 short videos, attending weekly face-to-face sessions and completing associated reflective tasks, learners will appreciate the rules, and will understand why, despite sometimes being counterintuitive, they work so well. This understanding will lead to individualised application of techniques to improve learning.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
We are extremely delighted that you chose to enrol in our module.
Throughout the semester, we will work to help you develop:
Knowledge and understanding
an increased awareness of learning strategies and an understanding of the principles that inform them
an expanded repertoire of learning strategies and a process to apply them
your ability to independently identify, select, apply and assess your learning strategies to further your own learning
managing your own learning
working productively as a member of a small group
communicating the theoretical and practical aspects of scientific research to non-experts
explaining how scientific findings on learning can be translated into learning strategies
developing a personal learning plan and philosophy about learning
We will also ensure that while completing this module you will have opportunities to:
arrange and attend consultations designed to facilitate your learning
work individually or in small groups in and outside class settings to gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge improve their own learning in the future
OUR EXPECTATIONS OF YOU
Just as you have expectations of us, we seek the following from you:
always be thinking and reflecting
actively participate during the in-class exercises. The more people who contribute, the more fun they are.
review the short e-lecture videos on IVLE prior to & after the session units. We designed the videos to introduce concepts and get you familiar with technical terms before class and to help you make sense of what happened during class.
complete the exercises on IVLE
complete your personal plans (goals/actions/study/learning) and being disciplined about following it
be open minded when applying new learning strategies to your work for other modules or in your field
be patient with us and with your plan. The results of applying new learning strategies are not always instant. As you refine your strategies the payoff may only become apparent when you look back after future semesters.
On completion of the module, learners should:
Assess their strengths and weaknesses in their prior approach to learning
Identify and defend learning strategies they use in other modules
Create their own repertoire of self-selected learning strategies to enhance their learning independently
Identify the characteristics of high quality learning via learning science
Develop a personal plan and a learning philosophy, based on self-awareness and understanding.
Class (attend only on WED
S6-04-Meeting room 2 (Inside NUS Science Library)