How do you know that what you’re teaching is truly sticking with students? Do their test scores reveal it? Or does that only show that they remembered and recalled it for the exam? Do students leave you confident that they can apply skills and knowledge when they’ll really need it? One man with the answer to that question is Mark McDaniel, psychologist, researcher, professor, and co-author of the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. An expert in human learning and memory, McDaniel recently delivered his “Toolkit for Teachers to Improve Student Learning and Retention” at Northwestern’s
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Jeanne Kerl is an instructional designer who works with Northwestern faculty & staff on their online courses. She is part of the Faculty Support Service’s Educational Technology Teaching Fellows program here at Northwestern. This program pairs instructional designers with faculty or staff members who then collaborate on a teaching innovation project. Jeanne has a B.S. in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in British history. She has taught college-level history courses and designed workshops. She is particularly interested in how group and collaborative work can help students learn more effectively.