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    Research: Classroom Assessment, Reflection, & Feedback

    A literature review suggests that taking a formative, frequent approach to learning assessment throughout the semester to check on student progress can improve student understanding of course and assignment expectations, as well as prompt deeper individual reflection. 

    Research: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

    Researchers found that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand, likely because computers encourage verbatim transcription rather than synthesis.

    Research: Optimally Interacting Minds

    Findings suggest that collaboration can lead to overconfidence, making it especially important for individuals to communicate their level of confidence and be willing to consider new information.

    Research: Expecting to teach enhances learning and organization of knowledge in free recall of text passages

    Participants who studied a text passage in preparation to teach it to another student engaged in more effective learning strategies, and exhibited better recall, than participants who studied solely for an individual test, suggesting that instilling an expectation to teach can be a simple and...

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    Research: Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers

    Researchers assigned participants to two groups based on their individual performance in a computational model. Groups composed of members representing a range of individual scores on the computational model outperformed those comprised of only the highest scoring individuals, highlighting the...

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    Research: An Investigation of the Educational Power and Potential of the Harvard University Art Museums Study Centers

    A collaborative investigation into the nature of visitor learning at the Harvard Art Museums revealed that museum study centers provide active learning opportunities not only through interaction with the objects, but also through engagement with the museum staff and other visitors, as well as...

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    Research: Should syllabi communicate expectations regarding appropriate classroom behaviors?

    Students poorly predict instructor expectations, according to an analysis of student and instructor survey responses about in-class behaviors such as arriving late, talking to other students, not taking notes, and monopolizing class time. The authors underscore the importance of clearly defining...

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