Emotions & Engagement

Learning requires engagement, which is often elusive. In this program, educators will learn what research reveals about the most effective ways for teachers to encourage student motivation and engagement in the classroom.

In addition, educators will learn how to foster the positive emotions and behaviors that increase student engagement, effort, and learning outcomes and gain insight into the interdependencies between cognition, emotion, and behaviors in order to better understand a student’s root causes.

The role of negative and positive emotions in learning will also be explored in this course. Educators will discover tools to help minimize the emotions that hinder learning and maximize those that enable successful learning.

Program Modules

This program consists of ~15 hours of self-led asynchronous e-learning, which are complemented with live synchronous  office hours to support learners. Learners maintain a flexible pace for their cohort to be in sync with each other to promote meaningful peer discussion and collaboration and to benefit from scheduled office hours and webinars.


Student Engagement


In the majority of classrooms, student engagement decreases with every year of schooling. Yet, student learning requires their engagement and motivation. What do you see as the biggest barrier(s) to motivation for students? What is currently in place in your classroom or at your institution as a whole to support learner engagement and motivation?

Learn what research reveals about the most effective ways for teachers to foster student motivation and engagement in the classroom.

Emotions & Learning


Learn how to foster positive emotions and behaviors that increase student engagement, effort and learning outcomes. Develop a better understanding of the interdependencies between cognition, emotion and behaviors to better understand your students root causes.

In this module we explore the role of negative and positive emotions in learning with tools to minimize those that hinder the process while maximizing those that enable successful learning.

Professional Development on the Science of Learning delivered by top learning scientists online to educators anywhere in the world

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COGx is the finest example I've encountered of cutting edge research on learning sciences applied to educational methodology. All educators should be required to learn effective strategies to develop the foundational cognitive skills students need to engage in the critical thinking and creative problem solving that 21st century demands
Sara Edward -Teacher (Masters in Education, Johns Hopkins U.)

Guest Lecturers

Global experts on human learning provide the scientific base of our content, while program facilitators and subject matter experts translate the science and guide application to your classroom.

Online PD - Program Elements

Priming Activities

Priming quizzes and open-ended interrogatories are used to get learners thinking about the subject matter they are about to learn..

Micro-Video Lessons
Introductory video lessons are delivered by program facilitators while topics within each module are delivered by  subject matter experts.

Classroom Application Guides
Takeaways Guides to ensure the effective implementation of the concepts covered in the course.

Professional Learning Community
During the program, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate, reflect and discuss how to apply concepts taught.

Peer-Based Feedback
Experience breakout groups to receive and provide peers anonymized feedback for deeper learning.

SoL Practitioner’s Platform
Program alumni join an online platform to obtain and share resources and guidance for ongoing application of concepts taught.

Small Group Collaboration
As part of fostering application, participants form groups around a topic or a principle and work in teams to develop original application ideas.

Office Hours
Office Hours are held to allow participants to ask questions and obtain guidance and feedback on the application of the concepts taught to their classroom.

Laerning Outcomes

Educators will be able to:

* Summarize the most effective ways to foster student motivation and engagement in their classroom.

* Design an instructional activity to promote student engagement based on their conclusions.

* Identify ways to foster positive emotions and behaviors in the classroom to increase your students’ engagement and learning outcomes.

* Analyze the adverse effects of emotions and misbehaviors on cognition and learning.

Program Facilitators

We Practice What We Teach: Professional Development Designed Around the Science of Learning

Our Professional Development (PD) on the Science of Learning democratizes access to decades of research on human learning. It also incorporates the scientific principles of human learning to how deliver the program.

Learning through our PD is active, engaging, collaborative, and application-based. Our program will invigorate your lesson planning with science-based tools that will enable your students to master what you teach.

2 Modules on Emotions & Engagement 

Testimonials From Teachers at COGx Partner Schools

Without the ability to remember definitions, facts, or details, students are stranded at the most basic level of understanding. The COGx methodology gives me the tools to train my students, to strengthen their memory through direct instruction of activities that build visualization, strengthen comprehension as ideas are linked through meaningful connections, and efficiently organize information that can be easily retrieved.

A wide range of information on brain function and how understanding brain function can aid teaching and learning. I appreciated having the video lesson as a follow up to the readings.

I really like how the program was set up. I also liked the questions from priming quizzes. The questions cause you to exercise your critical thinking skills. The topic was always great! I learned a lot about how I process information... it literally helped me personally as well as to become a better teacher!

I think the topics of this program should be given as teacher training for all teachers. This was the first time I had had any type of training on how to work with students who may have different roadblocks to attention, working memory and processing speed. This training helped me to understand my students much better