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Tag: critical thinking

Infographic: How to Create Discussion Opportunities

Here are some tips by Dr. Analisa McMillan to make sure you facilitate an impactful discussion that showcases your students’ critical thinking skills.

March 24, 2022

THRIVE: Success strategies for the modern-day faculty member

A new resource is available to help faculty succeed! THRIVE is a collection of more than 50 ideas for fast, focused professional development, created by experts across UNMC — the people who walk in your shoes. One- to two-page briefs were designed to be absorbed and implemented immediately in your work as an educator, clinician, […]

October 16, 2019

Wednesday Wisdom: Enhancing Learning Using Interleaving Techniques (part 6 in education series)

This is part 6 in our 6 part education series and covers enhancing learning using interleaving techniques. What are interleaving techniques? Interleaving is a method that arranges and recalls information in a noncontiguous manner, making learning “systems” more efficient and reliable. Interleaving helps learners establish and use brain files for better retrieval. It benefits both instructors […]

May 3, 2017

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Wednesday Wisdom:Learning Through Dual Coding (part 5 in education series)

This is part 5 in our 6 part education series and covers enhancing learning using dual coding. What is Dual Coding? The Dual Coding theory supports the notion that there are two pathways for encoding information to memory – one verbal and one visual.1-3  This theory addresses the impact of extraneous cognitive load on learners […]

April 19, 2017

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Wednesday Wisdom: Learning through Elaboration (part 4 in education series)

This is part 4 in our 6 part education series and covers learning through elaboration. What is learning through elaboration? Elaboration strategies make connections between different ideas, thus, helping students understand how seemingly disparate pieces of information are connected.1-3 There are a variety of strategies that can be used: mnemonics, rewriting, note-taking, comparisons, and self-questioning.4 How […]

April 12, 2017

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Wednesday Wisdom: Enhancing Learning Using Concrete Examples (part 3 in education series)

This is part 3 in our 6 part education series and covers enhancing learning using concrete examples. What is it learning using concrete examples? As novices, students often gain a false sense of confidence in their abilities to memorize new material. Using concrete, relevant, real life examples can help students understand abstract ideas and extend […]

April 5, 2017

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Wednesday Wisdom: Learning Through Retrieval Practice (part 2 in education series)

This is part 2 in our 6 part education series and covers learning through retrieval practice. What is retrieval practice? Retrieval practice is quite frankly quizzing. One of the reasons students request practice questions frequently is to test themselves. This has been proven to be an exceptional method for learning resulting in durable retention.1,2 How do […]

March 29, 2017

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Give Learners Better Guided Notes for Recall and Retention

Teachers can better coach students on the science  of learning and memory by using simple guided notes.  Try this strategy while students are coming in to class, following a learning unit, or provide for use whenever students think they need it. You can also coach students on how and why to create their own guided notes. […]

March 24, 2017

Wednesday Wisdom: Enhancing Learning Using Spaced Practice (part 1 in education series)

This is part 1 in our 6 part education series and covers enhancing learning using spaced practice. What is spaced practice? The spacing effect is the phenomenon whereby learning is better when studying is spread out over time, as opposed to studying the same amount of content in a single session. There is significant evidence that spaced practice, […]

March 22, 2017

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Afraid of Blended Learning?

Are your fears getting in the way of trying blended learning?  Here are some ways to put your top 3 fears to rest and start using blended learning approaches this year: Fear of the unknown? With more interactivity in the blended learning classroom, teachers often fear less control in the learning environment.  However faculty who […]

September 19, 2016