As part of an effort to help bridge the gap between cognitive science and pedagogy, a subcommittee of CUNY's directors of Centers for Teaching and Learning examined research-based evidence and theory and applying their collective knowledge to the design of a model seminar to be offered at campuses across CUNY. Bridging the Gap is a program designed to more fully leverage the collective resources of the University to systematically provide faculty development aimed at bridging the gap between cognitive research and instructional practice— with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes.
Dr. Meg Tarafdar is the facilitator of Bridging the Gap --an intellectually stimulating workshop series comprised of readings, guest lectures, and group discussions. Dr. Tarafdar will encourage all participants to examine their own teaching practices, those of their colleagues, and an array of research-based exemplars. Participants will have the opportunity to convene the semester after the implementation to reflect on their learning and their experience of implementing new teaching strategies.
Common readings will be taken from How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Ambrose, et. al., 2010).