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The Study Hall

What’s Happening Inside Your Students’ Brains?

How would you react if you were told that you have always studied by using the wrong method? To find out, meet us on October 7th for our session at InstructureCon!
 
Proofreading, highlighting, using key words to learn better, and therefore remember what you study more efficiently, seems to be an obvious choice for us. What if we told you that this is not true? That these techniques are not really useful for retaining information in the long term? Yet, this is what neuroscience research has shown. During our talk, you'll find out what's going on in your students' brains when they're listening to you, or learning your courses’ content. Spoiler alert: we will talk about spaced repetition and the test effect. We will also give you 3 keys to activate your students' brains at the right time!

How do students learn best?

In most educational situations, both teachers and students make a sharp distinction between learning and assessment. Learning occurs when students read their textbooks, listen to lectures, take notes, review their books and notes. And, from time to time, students’ learning is assessed by the requirement to take quizzes, tests, and exams. Teachers and students think tests are like dipsticks, dropped into the students’ heads every so often to measure what they have learned. They also often think that this has any effect on the process of learning itself. But in this case, the brain was activated! Now, why is it more effective? In a study by Vestergren and others, in 2014, an experiment was run. A group of students were studying,  while another group was practicing testing, or answering questions. They took brain scans of the students where we can see that 2 regions are more activated when we try to answer questions. And those regions are key to learning and memorising: it's a sign that people are encoding information and knowledge. During our session, we’ll go deeper into this topic, and learn how to practice good brain activation to learn better.

How can EdTech help?

Wooclap’s answer is clear: by turning students into actors of their learning. Beyond making classes more interactive and effective, we want to radically change the learning experience, whether it is face-to-face or remote, synchronous or asynchronous.

Wooclap was founded in 2015 by Jonathan Alzetta and Sébastien Lebbe, two engineers from the Brussels Polytechnical School passionate about education and technology. They came up with the idea of using smartphones and computers, often seen as a source of distraction during classes, to allow students to interact with their teachers. Rather than fighting the sources of distraction, Wooclap turns them into an exceptional learning tool.

From the outset, they surrounded themselves with neuroscientists, teachers, and learning technologists to develop a tool that would improve students' retention of information and comprehension. How? By making them active contributors to the learning process. The result is a simple and interactive platform that can be integrated into the teachers' Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It allows teachers to create questionnaires and surveys, and collect comments and questions during face-to-face or online lessons, live and asynchronously.

Today, Wooclap is available in seven languages to cater to its growing community. More than 500,000 teachers in 150 countries, and more than a hundred higher education institutions (University of Amsterdam, University of Twente, Singapore Management University, University of Carlos III Madrid, ESCP Business School Paris, Goldsmiths University of London, StudyGroup...) use Wooclap to support their pedagogical strategy.
 
You’re still asking yourself if you really need to attend this event? Well, the answer is YES. Because we have, for too long, studied the wrong way, and we, as educational actors, can no longer accept that.
 
If you want to know more about what we do at Wooclap, feel free to write to annelies@wooclap.com. She’ll be happy to tell you more about the company, how our tool works, and how you can implement it in your institution without any commitment. She’s also a hybrid learning enthusiast, just in case small talk happens and you need a topic.

Join us!