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TLC Hot Take October 2021

In order to achieve proficiency in a new skill or subject area, you must first become familiar with the common associated terminology. To prepare you for our fall seminar series focused on innovation in health science education, we will review some important terminology over the next several months that will be helpful during our conversations.

If you have ever used flashcards to study, you have used an evidence-based learning technique called spaced repetition. Spaced repetition (also known as distributed practice) is an effective learning technique that leverages regularly reviewing information over time to commit information to long-term memory. Both handmade paper and web or app-based flashcards use this principle to allow students to more frequently review new content or concepts they are finding difficult which maximizes learning. Utilizing this system makes time spent studying more efficient.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is one framework for curriculum and course design that seeks to create learning environments where all students are engaged, supported, and appropriately challenged. UDL was defined by the Center for Applied Special Technology based on teaching and learning science and presents guidelines for increasing learning outcomes and reducing barriers to engagement. Learn more about educators applying UDL to their graduate health sciences courses including anatomy and occupational therapy.

How confident are you that you know these pedagogical terms and concepts? Stay tuned, because you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge at the conclusion of the seminar series.

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