Michelle Miller at the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference: How learning science research can improve online education

In her book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology, Michelle Miller provides a framework for selecting and using digital technology in higher education. Drawing on her experience as a professor of psychological sciences at Northern Arizona University, she incorporates classic research as well as recent findings on how our minds take in and use information, and how to use those principles to foster learning with technology. Miller will provide the latest insights from her work in a keynote address at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference on August 9-11, 2016.

In “What the Psychology of Learners Tells Us about Teaching with Technology,” Miller will explain how cognitive, brain, and learning sciences offer great potential for improving online learning. Attention, memory, and thinking skills all play pivotal roles in learning, and the research literature offers a rich set of ideas for how to take advantage of these processes in teaching with technology.

These approaches often require more effort from students, however, and those lacking in self-regulated learning abilities will miss out on many of their benefits. Miller’s keynote will address this problem, showing how educators can reach all students. She will present a framework for bringing cognitive and motivational research together through online learning designs that make the most of what we know about how the mind works.

See below for Miller’s talk “Design for the Mind: Strategies from the Psychology of Learning.”

The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference has helped educators stay on top of emerging technologies for over 30 years. It attracts college administrators, faculty, instructional designers, support staff, K-12 teachers, corporate and military trainers, and vendors of new technologies and services, who network with colleagues and learn evidence-based strategies from experts in the field.

The 2016 conference will be held at Monona Terrace, the architectural gem designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on a picturesque lake. The conference provides an immersive learning experience in a city consistently voted one of the country’s top getaways.

For more information on the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, contact Les Howles, les.howles@wisc.edu, 608-265-9753.