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Friday, June 20 • 9:30am - 10:00am
CON10.05 – Learn How to Learn: Learning Module Program (Room A342)

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Whether students acquire basic learning skills through special workshops or in the classroom, research shows modules on time management, exam strategies, and both reading and note-taking techniques increase student success in their coursework (e.g., MacCann, Fogarty, & Roberts, 2012; Miranda, Webb, Brigman, & Peluso, 2007). These skills create a framework from which students can learn effectively. There is reason to believe that students will make use of resources provided to them (Peat, Taylor, & Franklin, 2005), and that students who acquire these modular skills prior to the midterm will be able to apply them to the present evaluation, though they may not be especially motivated to learn the skills. Conversely, students who have already received a course’s performance evaluation should be more motivated to learn the materials presented in the modules and, thus, perform better. We evaluated whether learning modules could transform students’ learning experience and incorporate them into their learning framework for improved performance. Two preliminary studies were conducted to examine the usefulness of learning modules for students in a first year course. We compared students’ midterm and examination scores across those who received two modular skill sets (text reading and exam strategies) before or after the midterm. Relative motivation, interest, and perceived effectiveness were measured. Results from these studies will be presented in this session.

We are presently undertaking steps to offer and track online learning modules (e.g., time management, note taking, study skills, and test taking skills) across several years of university, beginning in the first year. Longitudinal student progress will be monitored to track student performance from their entry to university through to graduation. This program (once demonstrably successful) would offer many future opportunities to educational institutions across the country by transforming the learning experiences of all students embarking on post-secondary studies for the first time. These students attend their classes with a variety of educational foundations and skills; this program will ensure these students are given a rich educational skill set to learn effectively in today’s context of higher learning. This presentation will include an introductory scenario, questions and answers, a survey of learning modules, and a discussion section for audience engagement.

Friday June 20, 2014 9:30am - 10:00am EDT
A342 McArthur Hall

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