Webinar: How to use learning technology effectively

About the webinar

Transitioning to digital learning technologies can be complex, especially for instructors and institutions doing so for the first time. Across many fields and approaches, research has identified several key success factors. This session explores these. Our first speaker, Dan Belenky, will explain the general principles of learning that technologies should reflect, how to identify learning challenges and technologies that might address them, and the steps you can take that are most likely to lead to success. Our second speaker, Markku Saarelainen, will share his experience of implementing learning technology using the flipped classroom method, and supporting teachers in many disciplines to do so.

About the speakers

Dan Belenky, Ph.D., is Director of Research on the Science of Teaching and Learning at Pearson. Prior to joining Pearson in 2014, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Belenky earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied how student motivation interacts with (and is impacted by) innovative instructional methods. His current research projects explore how insights from cognitive psychology and behavioral science can be used to improve learner outcomes at scale.

Markku Saarelainen, Ph.D., is a University Lecturer in Physics at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), and Professor of Practice in strategic development at Tampere University (TAU) in Finland. Due to the success of his flipped classroom method, he was asked to train and support over 100 teachers at UEF in 25 disciplines, and staff at TAU, in this practice.
He has written many papers on the topic, and won several awards including the Best Research and Practice Project Award from the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL).