What Is Learning?

Date(s) - 02/04/2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



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This workshop takes place online using Zoom. Use this link to access the workshop Canvas course site and click on the Zoom link on the menu on the left. https://uwmil.instructure.com/enroll/9YKM4J.

Shortly after you register, you will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link to participate. Please join the session 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the workshop to address any potential connection issues. Please have access to your syllabus (and any assignment descriptions) for practice during the workshop.

How do your students define learning?  Do they think memorizing knowledge is what equals learning? What do our first-year students think critical thinking is? What do students think about active learning, critical thinking, and your role as a teacher? How do you make learning transparent to them? 

Research gathered from UWM students and other studies tells us some of the common misperceptions of what learning is. When do we actually explain learning to them? How do these conceptions about learning impact how they approach learning, studying, discussions, or preparing for class?  If learning is memorizing, it makes sense to cram before exams.

Join us to explore student perceptions of learning and discuss with colleagues your experiences with student understanding of learning and implications for your courses.

Before this session:

  1. Watch the 24 minute narrated PowerPoint below between UWM graduate students, faculty members, and myself as we converse about learning and student perceptions prior to this session.  The link will take you to the Canvas course site, scroll down to the bottom of the workshop list, click on What is Learning – page Materials and Handouts.    What is Learning?   [24 minutes]
  1. Join our Synchronous discussion on Feb 4th about this narrated PowerPoint and more data on student perceptions of learning.
  2. Discuss the implications of what we’ve explored and what actions we could take in our courses to advance student learning.


Registration is closed for this workshop.