Next Offered: Spring 2021

Cognitive Psychology (L&I 701) provides an overview of some of the most important research in educational psychology over the past 25 years. Specifically we explore a subset of cognitive psychology research: the body of research exploring effective learning strategies. Overall the course provides instruction in three areas: strategies for learning, thinking like a researcher, and making connections between theory and practice.



Our courses are offered over 9 teaching weekends. These weekends are typically two weeks apart (although there are 1 or 2 times where they are back-to-back). The modules listed below reflect the order of learning materials for the Spring 2019 version of the course. In the future the topics explored will likely be largely the same, although perhaps with 1 or 2 changes. In addition, the ordering of the modules is likely to change in the future.

  1. Mind Maps
  2. Visual Models
  3. Cognitive Load
  4. Self-Explanation
  5. Self-Regulated Learning
  6. Multimedia Learning
  7. Interleaved Practice
  8. Note Taking
  9. Worked Examples


In this course there are three key products created by students.

  • Reflections. Students write a series of reflections: one for each topic. These reflections describe how students grappled with the module learning materials, connections they made to their own practice, and provide a way for students to dig deeper into the topic.
  • Mind Maps. Students create a series of mind maps: one for each module topic.
  • Research Paper. Students choose a specialization topic, dive into the relevant research literature, and create a research paper that describes some of the key research findings within that topic area.

Course Materials

The total cost of materials for this course is $25. They include:

  • PDFs: research articles and other readings
  • iThoughts: mind mapping software for Macs and Windows. $25


Use the button below to download the most recent course syllabus. Please keep in mind that the syllabus will give you a general idea of the course, but I always tweak topics, student products, and other details when creating a new version of the course. Nonetheless the syllabus can be useful as a general guide to the course.


Click on the website link and you will be taken to a course login page. Only registered students for the course will be able to access the full content. I provide this link mainly for students who took the last version of the course and forget the relevant link! If you have not registered for the course then I won't provide login-protected access.

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