Cognitive Processes and Educational Practice
EDEP 6114 @ Virginia Tech
Course Information Instructor Information
EDEP 6114: Cognitive Processes and Educational Practice Peter Doolittle
CRC 2102 (1750 Kraft Drive) 201 Public Safety Building
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 9:50 pm pdoo@vt.edu
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Instructor Information
Peter Doolittle
201 Public Safety Building
pdoo@vt.edu
Course Information
EDEP 6114: Cognitive Processes
Virtual (synchronous)
Tuesdays 7:00-9:50 pm
Course Purpose
How do we think and learn?
What's the nexus of brain and cognition?
How should we design and teach?
How do we research learning and teaching?
Course Description
Learning
Cognitive psychology addresses the processes of how people learn, remember, and think about knowledge, information, and experiences. This course focuses on a subset of these elements and areas; specifically, the relationship between cognitive processing, working memory, and metacognition, with special attention paid to their involvement in educational practice.
Knowledge
Learning is the result of attention, processing, retrieval practice, and meaning making over time and through the application of knowledge to situations and problems of relevance. This learning results from an experiencing brain — an integrated complex of distributed memory, processing, and control structures with an opinion of how the world works.
Application
Human learning is an applied endeavor. The brain works to achieve, attending to the shifting world with purpose and intent. Research of over 100 years addresses the relationship between processing and performance, especially in the classroom, the synthesis of experimental psychology and experimental pedagogy.
Course Goals
Goal 1

Students will understand the essential concepts of learning, memory, and cognition.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to explain critical cognitive psychology concepts related to learning and instruction.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to describe the interrelated and interdependent nature of learning, memory, and cognition.

Goal 2

Students will understand the role that cognitive processing plays in learning, memory, and cognition.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to explain the role of cognitive processing and memory to learning and instruction.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to analyze learning and instruction to determine the presence and nature of cognitive processing.

Goal 3

Students will understand specific cognitive psychology topics related to learning, memory, and cognition.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to explain advanced cognitive psychology topics related to learning and instruction.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to integrate advanced cognitive psychology topics into learning and instruction.

Goal 4

Students will understand the relationship between learning, memory, and cognition tenets and the design of effective instruction.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to create instructional strategies by applying cognitive psychology tenets.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to create instructional design that leverages cognitive psychology tenets.

Course Pedagogy
Course Readings

The course, in pursuit of its primary questions, is structured in several parts:

  1. The Course, Students, & Instructor
  2. Cognitive Psychology
  3. Learning Effects
  4. Processing Theories
  5. Emotions, Learning, & the Brain
  6. Active Learning
  7. Metacognition
  8. Instructional Strategies

There are typically two articles or chapters to read each week. Consult the Syllabus to see all of the readings. The articles themselves are available online once you Log-In.

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