The Increasing Importance of Knowing How to Learn
Unintuitive, but research based, ways for learners and instructors alike to make self-regulated and teacher-regulated learning more efficient, effective, rewarding.
Increasingly, learning is moving outside the classroom and into our own hands. We appear prone, though, to beliefs and illusions that make us susceptible to choosing non-optimal learning strategies. Dr. Bjork will discuss unintuitive, but research-based, ways for learners and instructors alike to make self-regulated and teacher-regulated learning more efficient, effective, and rewarding.
Robert A. Bjork (PhD, Psychology, Stanford; BA, Mathematics, Minnesota) is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on human learning and memory and on the implications of the science of learning for instruction and training. He has served as Editor of Memory & Cognition (1981-85) and Psychological Review (1995-2000), Co-editor ofPsychological Science in the Public Interest (1998-2004), and Chair of a National Research Council Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance (1988-1994). He is a past president or chair of the American Psychological Society (APS); the Western Psychological Association; the Psychonomic Society; the Society of Experimental Psychologists; the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA); and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. He is a recipient of UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award; the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientist Lecturer; the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science; the American Physiological Society's Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship Award; the Society of Experimental Psychologists' Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award; and (together with Elizabeth Bjork) the 2016 James McKeen Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.