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Learning and Memory: Understandings from Educational Neuroscience

Become a truly impactful educator by exploring the science of memory formation and its impact on learning.

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Learning and Memory: Understandings from Educational Neuroscience
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    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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The brain is the physiological dimension where memory and learning functions occur.

This course introduces our uniquely human brain and provides an overview of the central nervous system, the limbic system and the concept of neuroplasticity. Social interaction is at the core of how emotions initiate and signal the processing and placement of information in the brain.

This short course provides an overview and explores memory formation and learning, focusing on what happens in the brain when different emotional and arousal states are present. For instance, students will learn how, as part of the limbic system, the amygdala imbues memories and events with emotional significance, and can initiate fear responses that bypass rational processes taking place in the prefrontal cortex – it can therefore be ‘hijacked’ by certain stimuli, such as chronic stress and anger.

Together we will explore the implications of stress on learning and memory and authentic assessment forms for promoting content retention.

What topics will you cover?

  • The unique human brain, the nervous system, and the limbic system;
  • The concept of neuroplasticity;
  • Implications of stress on learning and memory;
  • Memory processing models;
  • Authentic assessment.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore processes involved in memory formation, consolidation and retrieval
  • Reflect on neuroscientific research concerning memory formation and its application in a range of educational contexts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of neuroscientific concepts about learning and memory

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at teachers, educators, pre-service teachers and those with an interest in the new emerging field of educational neuroscience.

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

About this ExpertTrack

Discover the new field of educational neuroscience. Study evidence-based research on the application of neuroscience in learning.

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