Beyond Your Content: Incorporating Learning Strategy Work into Courses of All Types

The use of some key learning strategy work -- with retrieval practice, spaced practice, and metacognition –- has proven to help students engage with, understand, and retain course concepts and material. Implementation of these strategies can also give instructors insights into what, exactly, students need help with. The article Using Learning Science to Make Learning Durable, recently published in The Teaching Professor newsletter, offers tips for working with learning strategies in all types of courses, whether delivered in a face-to-face, online, or hybrid format.

A follow-up article, Online Tools for Durable Learning, explores tools that will help you incorporate retrieval practice, spaced practice, and metacognitive work into your courses to provide students with opportunities to reinforce their learning. These active learning components promote sturdy learning and encourage engagement and friendly interactions among students!