Aligning Research to the Classroom Experience

Brief Abstract

How do people learn? That question is central to education and over the past 75 years, cognitive psychologist have identified many processes that greatly enhance learning outcomes. Starting from a basic definition of what constitutes learning, techniques to incorporate these findings from cognitive psychology in the students’ educational experience will be surveyed. The overview will be followed by a short examination of the initial attempts to use the data generated by online learning technologies such as learning management systems and adaptive learning programs to better understand the learning process.


I am a professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the co-author of Best Practices in Online Program Development (Routledge 2014)

Extended Abstract