FAQ Student Course: Becoming a Sophisticated Learner
The Science of Learning is a collection of findings from the field of cognitive science that explain how people learn. The findings are gathered by researchers and academics and are relevant to educators who are constantly shaping the minds and mindsets of their students every day.
The program is designed for high-school and college-level students. The program is developed in English, but many elements are accessible in other languages, such as Spanish and Arabic.
This is not a MOOC (massive open online course) in many ways. The program is designed to ensure engagement and active learning. COGx teaches comprehensive content in a unique and and dynamic format that involves peer-based learning and application. Students are exposed to current and timeless research from academics in one, organized place. Along the way, students are offered both independent and collaborative learning opportunities to apply their new knowledge directly to their learning.
Unlike other MOOC courses, the program is designed to utilize the scientific principles of learning that are being taught for durable and flexible learning, such as retrieval practice, multimodal content, peer interaction, and more.
View our Program Elements that support durable and flexible learning.
The Program Leader provides support and can be contacted throughout the program, including communication through the program’s Learning Management System and live meetings.
Students can use this program as an opportunity to bolster their independent learning. Insights from research in the science of learning are applied to student practices to help students develop into lifelong, successful learners.
There are 6 modules that cover various topics on Becoming Sophisticated Learners through the application of principles from the Science of Learning (e.g., attention, memory, feedback, and more).
Read more about the topics included in the 6 modules.
Students receive downloadable Classroom Application Guides that outline practices and strategies rooted in the science of learning that help to become sophisticated learners. Activities across the program are also designed to reflect on applying the program content to classroom contexts while the six Application Hour meetings focus on supporting and collaborating on the application of scientific principles of learning in the classroom.
Both. The module content, including text, videos, discussions, and activities, are asynchronous so that students can work within their own schedule. However, six synchronous Application Hour meetings set the pace of the program and offer opportunities for live engagement with the Program Leader and small group collaboration on applying the program content to the classroom.
Yes, there are opportunities for asynchronous peer discussions throughout the program modules on discussion boards and forums. There are also six synchronous Application Hour meetings that involve small group collaboration in applying program content to the classroom.
Users require access to a computer and internet connection sufficient for browsing and live video meetings.
Each module contains 3 chapters (Embark, Connect, and Reflect) that can be completed in 20 – 50 minute chunks of time. Overall, the total investment to complete the program is about 15 hours, including ~9 hours of self-led, asynchronous active e-learning and ~6 hours of Application Hour meetings to support deep learning. This pacing of the program is flexible and can be customized to meet the needs of each COGx partner institution.
Users can access the content for 6 months following the Start Date of their program.