The Student Cognition Toolbox (SCT) is a short course companion (or “sidecar”) introducing and providing direct practice in study strategies that are informed by learning science research. In this version of the SCT, material from introductory biology is used to illustrate the application of the study strategies. This version draws from material in CMU OLI’s Introduction to Biology course.
Biology Study Skills: The Student Cognition Toolbox — Open & Free
- Open & Free features
- Learning objectives
- What students will learn
- Course assessments, activities, and outline
- Other course details
- System requirements
Open & Free features
Open & Free Courses
- Open & Free OLI courses enable independent learners to study a subject on their own terms, at their leisure. Courses are:
- Open & Free courses include only the learning materials:
- No teacher.
- No tests.
- No college credit.
- No certificate of completion.
- *If your teacher gave you a Course Key, do not use an Open & Free course because your teacher will never see your work.
- Identify learning circumstances appropriate for worked examples
- Obtain student feedback responses on interleaving
- Identify learning circumstances appropriate for practice quizzing
- Apply summaries to study material
- Evaluate efficacy of Spaced Practice training
- Apply worked examples to study material
- Obtain student feedback responses on practice quizzing
- Apply elaborative interrogation to study material
- Obtain student feedback responses on self explanation
- Apply practice quizzing to study material
- Evaluate efficacy of practice quizzing reading training
- Obtain student feedback responses on spacing
- Evaluate efficacy of interleaving reading training
- Describe elaborative interrogation
- Describe worked examples
- Obtain student feedback responses on Summaries
- Summaries Review
- Apply spaced practice to study material
- Evaluate efficacy of Introductory Module
- Describe practice quizzing
- Describe interleaved practice
- Evaluate efficacy of summaries training
- Class Identification
- Obtain student feedback responses on worked examples
- Evaluate efficacy of worked examples reading training
- Identify learning circumstances appropriate for spaced practice
- Classify Study Behaviors
- Describe Summaries
- Apply self-explanation to study material
- Evaluate efficacy of elaborative interrogation reading training
- Apply interleaved practice to study material
- Reflect on the Introductory Module
- Review Specific Study Strategies
- Obtain student feedback responses on elaborative interrogation
- Describe spaced practice
- Identify learning circumstances appropriate for summaries
- Describe self-explanation
- Evaluate efficacy of self-explanation reading training
- Identify learning circumstances appropriate for elaborative interrogation
- Identify learning circumstances appropriate for interleaved practice
- Reflecting on the Student Cognition Toolbox Modules
- Identify learning circumstances appropriate for self-explanation
What students will learn
By the time they finish this course, students will be able to:
- Obtain a personalized inventory of their study strategies.
- Identify learning circumstances appropriate for each study strategy.
- Evaluate the efficacy of different study strategies.
- Apply effective study strategies for the context of what they need to learn.
Course assessments, activities, and outline
Students complete a Study Behavior Inventory to determine their study behavior as they responded to items on the survey, reflecting their current reported use of particular study strategies.
In each of the eight modules, students:
- engage in practice activities
- read information
- watch videos
- respond to Learn By Doing practice questions
- reflect on what you’ve learned through the My Response prompts
Other course details
Approximately 2 hours total; 10-20 minutes per module (8 modules).
Authors: Catherine Overson, Victor Benassi, Lauren Kordonowy, Meghan Stark, Jennifer Calawa, and Christopher Williams, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of New Hampshire
Assessment Coordinator: Elizabeth Tappin, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of New Hampshire
The Student Cognition Toolbox is made possible by a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation (Yarmouth, Maine). The Foundation was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.
This project was undertaken as a collaboration between the University of New Hampshire Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CEITL) and the Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative (OLI).
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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