Topic: learning

Flynn ’20: Brown should ban laptops from the classroom

Columns, Opinions

Flynn ’20: Brown should ban laptops from the classroom

September 5, 2019 4 comments

Laptops are ubiquitous in Brown’s classrooms. Whether in a 100-student lecture or a small seminar, many students spend most of the class staring intently at the screen a few feet in front of them, rather than at the professor or the board.

Sweeney ’20: Stop trying to get straight A’s

Op-eds, Opinions

Sweeney ’20: Stop trying to get straight A’s

March 5, 2019 1 comment

Nearly anyone on campus would hesitantly admit that it is common to sacrifice learning to obtain A’s in class. Even those who deeply desire to learn will often constrain themselves to get good grades, especially due to pressure from top graduate schools and employers that offer the promise of status and wealth.

News, Science & Research

Study links brain processes involved in learning

April 2, 2018 0 comments

Reinforcement learning — a process during which humans alter their behavior as they learn which behaviors yield the best results — and working memory — which allows people to optimize decision-making by keeping track of previous actions and their consequences — appear to be two separate modes of human learning.

Christina Smith, assistant director for undergraduate instructional development, will teach the course, “Theory and Practice of Problem Solving” to train students to teach problem-solving skills.

News, University News

Sheridan Center to introduce Problem-Solving Fellows for STEM departments

October 17, 2017 0 comments

There will soon be a Writing Fellows equivalent in STEM departments next fall: Problem-Solving Fellows.