Past Event

Metacognition: From Research to Classroom

October 11, 2018
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Columbia University, Low Library Rotunda, 535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Science of Learning Research (SOLER) initiative welcome you to the inaugural Science of Learning Symposium on Thursday, October 11, 2018. This year’s symposium brings together Columbia faculty, staff, graduate students, and experts in the science of learning to share the research on metacognition in learning and to translate it into strategies that maximize student learning.

The symposium kicks off at 9:00 a.m. in the Low Library Rotunda with moderated presentations by Janet Metcalfe, professor of psychology at Columbia University, who will discuss the connections between metacognition and curiosity. Robert A. Bjork, distinguished research professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, will then share insights into why learners do not improve through trial and error. Finally, Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College, will examine academic performance under stress and share how current research in psychology and neuroscience can enhance learning. 

Later in the day, we will host two workshops in Butler Library for faculty, staff, and graduate students to explore evidence-based metacognitive strategies that can be implemented in the classroom. Elizabeth Ligon Bjork, professor of psychology at UCLA will show how tests can be used in ways that enhance students’ long-term learning and transfer. Next, Dylan Wiliam, emeritus professor of educational assessment at University College London, will share strategies to activate students as owners of their own learning.  Registration and full program details are available on the event website.

The research presentations in the morning are open to everyone. However, the afternoon workshops are open only to faculty, staff, and graduate students with instructional responsibilities at Columbia University (must have a valid UNI).