Online ExpertTrack in Teaching

Educational Neuroscience: Research-Led Teaching Approaches

4.8 (786 reviews)

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

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Central Queensland UniversityCentral Queensland University

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Discover educational neuroscience and its impact on 21st century education.

Learn about the importance of neuroscience in education

This teaching ExpertTrack design by CQUniversity introduces you to the basics of neuroscience in learning. You’ll study our uniquely human brain - looking at the central nervous system, the limbic system and the concept of neuroplasticity – and discover what it means for memory and learning in the brain.

Identify the most common neuromyths in education

When it comes to educational neuroscience, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.

You’ll identify some of the most widely accepted neuromyths within the teaching community. By debunking any false ideas about the brain and learning, you can apply your learnings from this course with confidence.

Improve your understanding of learning and memory formation

Discover the role of social-emotional learning in the classroom and the link between stress and memory. We’ll look at the application of neuroscience in educational theory, focusing on research by Dr Louis Cozolino concerning the evolution of the social brain and ‘Nine things educators need to know about the brain’, you’ll have a better understanding of brain-based learning within different contexts.

Discover how to maximise students’ learning in the classroom as we examine leading-edge research into neuroplasticity

Become a more effective educator with contemporary insights into the brain which will help you develop optimal learning experiences and neuroplasticity activities in the classroom that you can use right away.

Find out how to design lesson plans that improve learning capacity and memory, using the latest research-based teaching strategies emerging from educational neuroscience.

You’ll also look at the practical application of neuroscience research in education and leadership to create optimal learning environments.

Develop your leadership skills as an educator by studying the field of neuroleadership

21st century learning is changing at a rapid pace due to increasing evidence-based research into educational neuroscience (brain science). As educators, we need to capitalise on these new opportunities.

This ExpertTrack teaches you how to apply neuroscience in leadership to create trusting team environments and build a culture of feedback.

Key skills you will learn

  • Neuroplasticity
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroleadership
  • Memory and learning
  • Neuroscience in leadership
  • Brain-based teaching
  • Teaching
  • Research-based teaching
  • Education
  • Student engagement
  • Engagement

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Explore important understandings and concepts about the brain
  • Demonstrate knowledge of introductory educational neuroscience findings
  • Reflect on the significance of compromised learning environments on the social brain and the implication for learning and memory
  • 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
  • Explore the contemporary research of world-renowned authors in the Psychology Education Neuroscience (PEN) disciplines
  • Reflect on the impact that can be made to our neuroplastic brain with learning experiences
  • Explore conceptual approaches in educational neuroscience and neuroleadership

Experience required

This intermediate ExpertTrack is designed for those working within education who have an interest in educational neuroscience. Learners are typically classroom teachers, education assistants, learning designers and academics. However, it’s also suitable for those moving into teaching and/or training to become an educator.

While there are no academic prerequisites for this ExpertTrack, you’ll need to have a basic level of teaching and learning experience. We also recommend that you have some existing experience in planning and delivering lessons in-person and/or online.

Getting started

Do you want to feel empowered to bring cutting edge research and teaching techniques into any learning environment? This ExpertTrack will give you the knowledge and skills you need to make an impact in the lives of the learners around you.

Whatever your career path, you’ll benefit from developing your understanding of neuroscience in education and how it impacts learning, memory and leadership.

This ExpertTrack will equip you with hugely valuable skills whether you already have some teaching experience, are a student of education, or are involved in education or learning in any way.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    4.8 (315 reviews)

    Education is being enhanced and changed by evidence-based findings, find out how to capitalise on these new opportunities.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Part 1
      • Welcome to the Course
      • The Social Brain
      • Brain Basics for Educators
    • Week 2

      Part 2
      • Educational Neuroscience in an Educational Setting
      • Social-Emotional Learning
      • Assessment
  • Course 2

    4.8 (260 reviews)

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

    1 test

    2 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Part 1
      • Welcome to the Course
      • Understanding the Brain
      • Learning and Memory
    • Week 2

      Part 2
      • Systems and Stages of Memory
      • Working Memory
      • Assessment
  • Course 3

    4.9 (83 reviews)

    Explore the latest strategies emerging from Educational Neuroscience for educators to consider.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Part 1
      • Welcome to the Course
      • Neuroplasticity
      • Creating Optimal Learning Experiences
    • Week 2

      Part 2
      • Principles of Neuroeducation
      • Neuromyths
      • Assessment
  • Course 4

    4.7 (128 reviews)

    Explore practical application of neuroscience research in education and leadership.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Part 1
      • Welcome to the Course
      • Neuroleadership Explained
      • Neuroleadership in Action
      • Week One Summary
    • Week 2

      Part 2
      • The Role of Neuroscience in Education
      • The Impact of Emotion on Learning
      • Assessment

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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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.

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