Bridging the Gap: Cognitive Research and Instructional Practice


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.

All participants will be encouraged 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.

how learning works

Common readings will be taken from How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Ambrose, et. al., 2010).


  • Dates
  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 4
  • Session 5

Dates will be announced

Session One: How Does Students’ Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning?  

Session Two: How Does Students’ Organization of Knowledge Affect Their Learning?  

Session Three: How Do Students Develop Mastery? 

Session Four: What Kinds of Feedback Enhance Learning? 

Session Five: How Do Students Become Self-Directed Learners?