Learning 101: What All Computing and Engineering Should Know About Learning

Speaker:  Junaid Qadir – Doha, Qatar
Topic(s):  Society and the Computing Profession


As we move into the third decade of the 21st century, the 2020s, the unprecedented rate of technological disruption and the short-lived nature of the specifics of engineering state-of-the-art requires us to carefully evaluate what it takes to be an effective engineer and what this entails for engineering education and their lifelong learning. Despite the accessibility of a wealth of information in the current era—books, universities, and online massive open online courses (MOOCs)—well-intentioned and hard-working students often fail to learn effectively due to deficient learning techniques or improper mindsets. Two things, in particular, hinder students from achieving their potential. First, the students’ intuition regarding how learning works is often flawed and counterproductive; second, despite significant progress in the research discipline of ``learning sciences,’’ these hard-earned scientific insights have not yet filtered their way through the research community to the students who stand to benefit most from this knowledge. 

In this talk, we aim to popularize the important insights from learning-science researchers by making it accessible to students, who continue to largely use suboptimal intuitive learning techniques (not knowing any better). The benefits of becoming wise to these insights are immediate and substantial: we can use this knowledge to understand and calibrate our learning, and it can also facilitate efficient learning

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Number of Slides:  50
Duration:  90 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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