Lab 3: Learning and Memory


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  • Welcome to Lab 2! In lecture this week,we discussed how exactly memory works and what kinds of strategies help you to learn information and retain it efficiently and effectively. In lab, you will be introduced to the ED-D 101 Strategy Library and have a chance to try out a mnemonic strategy. MAIN POINTS 3 types of memory (sensory memory, working memory, long term memory) 3 key processes (encoding, storage, retrieval) Maximize Encoding by... Managing attention Activating Prior Knowledge Using memory and mnemonic strategies for simple information Using strategies that target the SMART operations Select key information Monitor attention, understanding Assemble (organize/structure) /Associate (elaborate/generate) Rehearse Translate Strategic strategy use involves developing strategy knowledge (what it is, when to use it, how to use it, why it works) choosing strategies based on personal strengths/weaknesses, the task requirements, and goals for learning
  • 2. Suggestion Box Part of the philosophy of this online lab is to build it together based on what you want in an online course. Feel free to give me feedback or suggestions - If you find something difficult or you really like something - let me know. The link for Suggestion box is also under General course information at the top of the moodle shell
  • Just like last week, today’s lab activities help you to apply the SRL cycle in your own learning, think about and evaluate how well you go about self-regulating your learning when you study, practice setting high quality TASC goals critical for self-regulated learning. Also in today’s lab we will start working in lab teams in order to revisit what you found in the lecture task analysis from Lab 1.
  • Today’s lab starts with the 3rd PPT. Weekly PPTs guide you in engaging in the self-regulated learning cycle by thinking about… PPTS Should be -thoughtful/reflective, TASC goals, 10-15 Mins -Are you running into the same problems each week accomplishing your goals? If so, change things up. Start the PPT… When you are finished click 'submit all and finish’ You can also save your work by clicking “save without submitting” and return to it at any time.
  • Last week we talked about how good goals for SRL meet all of the TASC criteria. It’s important for them do to this in order to help you regulate your leanring by thinking ahead to specifically what you are going to do in a studying session as well as help you give yourself useful feedback about whats going well, what not going well so you can make timely changes. In last week’s goal setting activity, You viewed 3 goals written by previous ED-D 101 students in their PPTs, you re-wrote each of them to make them a TASC goal. Today, look back at the activity. Your job is to compare your answer and my answer for goal 1as well as how everyone else re-wrote the goal. And then evaluate whether or not your re-written goal is actually a TASC goal.
  • Now that you have a good udnerstanding of what SRL is, the next activity asks you to think critically about applying it to your learning and how it relates to Learning Styles. Learning Styles theory suggests there are 3 kinds of learners: Those who learn visually (by seeing thigns) Audiory Learners (those who learn by hearing information or saying informaiton) and Kinesthetic Learners (those who learn through action or doing it). Do you identify yourself as a visual learner, auditory learner, or kinesthetic learner? Lots of students have heard of this theory and students commonly identify themselves as one of these types. The first step in this activity is to: Watch this video on the next slide. Whiel you watch it think about the similarities and differences between self-regulated learning, learning styles, and how they relate to effective studying. VIDEO:
  • Now that you have watched the video, open the Critical thinking Activity. It asks you to a read a scenario about a student thinking about how to approach a studying task and then complete the questions. When you answer the questions use concepts such as what you’ve learned about the role of personal strengths and weaknesses in SRL, the role of understanding task requirements in SRL, the role of goals in SRL Next week we will discuss the answer to activity When students use learning style to guide strategy use (i.e., use concept maps for studying because they learn well visually), they are neglecting to take into account the other two factors - (1) what the task requirements are (maybe concept maps will not help students learn in the way needed for the task) and (2) what their goals are for learning the information (i.e. if they set a goal to compare and contrast 5 features, a concept map may not help them do this efficiently).
  • Today you gain access to the ED-D 101 Strategy Library on the main Moodle page. Strategies are repertoires of tactics or techniques -applied selectively or deliberate. Meaning you make a conscious choice to use this method over alternative methods -because you think its best for those particular task requirements and and helping you to your task goals The strategy library I s like an encyclopedia of strategies. It is a place where you can look up strategies, learn about how and why they work, and see examples. You have your own personal library. -You can evaluate the strategies, add your experiences with and knowledge about the strategies. -totally customizable. To edit the strategy libarary, just click Edit at the top of the WIKI page.
  • Two Section in the strategy library. Section 2: Strategies for Self-Management, Emotions and Motivation - (bottom the page) - later on in the course Section 1: Strategies for Learning and Remembering Informaiton - talkinga bout today THIS section has 1) strategies for memorizing simple information (like vocabulary, facts, procedures, etc).- PURPLE BOX 2) strategies for learning more complex info (like concepts from your text book). ORANGE BOXES These strategies are organized in two ways (so two ways you can look through them) Look them up according to key processes needed for learning this information. (find out ways to select the most important info) B) Or common tasks that you encounter in university learning (so if you’re looking for strategies for learning info in a reading) I encourage you to click through the libray and explore it. Type of strategies we are dealing with today are ones for simple information (lists, simple procedures, etc) (Purple Box)
  • Under this section for memorizing simple information - it provies you with mnemonic strategies. In the final activity in today’s lab, your job is to … 2) Click on Mnemonic Strategies 3) Read the introduction to Mnemonic Strategies (how, when, and why they work). 4) Read about each of the mnemonic strategies thoroughly. In activity 4 Choose some simple material that you need to memorize for one of your courses and one mnemonic strategy to try in today's lab. Then actually use the strategy to memorize your course informtation. And answer the questions provided in Activity 4.. Once you have posted, you will be able to see what others in the class tried (and posted).
  • That concludes Lab 3 Here is an overview of this weeks lab activities to help you keep track of what you have submitted. Remember all lab activities are due Friday. And have a great week!
  • Lab 3: Learning and Memory

    1. 1. Lab 3 Learning & Memory
    2. 2. <ul><li>General Feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start Labs Early </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with your Lab Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Track your own progress! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grading Reminders </li></ul><ul><li>What would you like to see? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggestion Box </li></ul></ul>How are things going?
    3. 3. Lab 3 Activity Overview <ul><li>Apply SRL in your own learning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lab 3: Weekly Personal Planning Tool ( PPT) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TASC Goals - How were yours last week? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning Styles & SRL? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. Lab 3: Critical Thinking Question </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Experimenting with Memory Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4. Introduction to the Strategy Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5. Lab 3: Mnemonic Strategy Activity </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Self-Regulating your Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How did things go last week? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are you going to do this week? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make PPTS work for you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoughtful / Reflective + TASC Goals + 10-15 Mins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you running into the same problems each week? </li></ul></ul>Weekly Personal Planning Tool (PPT) Activity 1: Complete Week 3 PPT ! Resource: Review Week 2 PPT !
    5. 5. <ul><li>Looking Back </li></ul><ul><li>Activity 2: Evaluate your answer for Goal 1. Was it a TASC goal? </li></ul>Revisit: Lab 2 Goal Setting Activity Resource: View Your Goal 1 Activity 2: Evaluate Your Goal 1 You can see your other goals here: Goal 2 & Goal 3
    6. 6. <ul><li>Common assumption among students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>but is it real? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lab 3: Critical Thinking Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1: watch the video posted below </li></ul></ul>Critical Thinking: Learning Styles?
    7. 7. <ul><li>Lab 3: Critical Thinking Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the scenario </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about self-regulated learning vs learning styles theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do they relate to effective studying? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Key concepts to use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal strengths & weaknesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of Task Requirements / Task Understanding (Phase 1) in learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of Goals (Phase 2) & Strategy Choice in learning </li></ul></ul>Critical Thinking: Learning Styles? Activity 3: Critical Thinking Activity
    8. 8. <ul><li>Click here to open the Strategy Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Also located on the main EDD 101 page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal encyclopedia of strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How, when, why strategies work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul></ul>Introduction to Strategy Library <ul><li>Strategy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A studying tactic or technique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applied selectively / deliberately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To meet specific task requirements (Phase 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To achieve specific goal (Phase 2) </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Introduction to Strategy Library Complex Info: Strategies organized by Learning Process Complex Info: Strategies organized by Task Simple Info: Mnemonic Strategies
    10. 10. <ul><li>Read about Mnemonic Strategies in the Strategy Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Mnemonic Strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read about each (Peg Word, First Letter, Loci) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try one! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose 1 simple piece of info to memorize in a class other than ED-D 101 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose 1 of the 3 mnemonic strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try it out by completing Activity 4 </li></ul></ul>Strategy Library: Learning Simple Information Activity 4: Mnemonic Strategy Activity
    11. 11. Lab 3 Activity Review <ul><li>Have You Submitted…. </li></ul><ul><li>Lab 3 PPT </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate your TASC goals </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking Activity (Learning Styles) </li></ul><ul><li>Mnemonic Strategy Activity </li></ul><ul><li>*all activities due FRIDAY </li></ul>Have a Great Week!!