The brain and mind on campus: Translating the science of learning for higher education

Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education Teaching and Learning Seminar Series.

The last decade has seen enormous advances in understanding how learning occurs in the brain and mind. Despite this progress, little of this research has filtered through to higher education practice. It is difficult to translate the growing understanding of learning in the brain to complex physical and virtual classroom environments. The distance from neuron to classroom has been described as ‘a bridge too far’. In this seminar, the cutting edge research on the science of learning will be discussed. A particular emphasis will be placed on the development of deep conceptual understanding, which is critical in the higher education context.

Research from the laboratory is uncovering many ways for enhancing student learning in higher education. Some of these findings challenge long held wisdom about certain learning and teaching practices and necessitate careful consideration. The seminar will conclude with a discussion about possibilities for evidence-based innovation.

Dr Jason Lodge

Dr Jason Lodge

Jason Lodge is a senior lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education and Coordinator of the Science of Learning Research Hub, University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the application of the learning sciences to higher education and the ways in which technology is influencing learning. Jason is also co-editor (with Jared Cooney Horvath and John Hattie) of From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Translating Science of Learning for Teachers(Routledge, 2017) and co-producer and co-host (with Rachel Searston) of the Beyond the Lecternpodcast.