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What college professors should know about learning science

Professor Sanjay Sarma, MIT Vice President for Open Learning, appeared recently on the EdSurge Live podcast. Listen to the full episode below, or read a condensed and edited version of the discussion. Here's a small taste of the Q&A:

Q: Have you had experience where you've been able to gather data around the efficacy of learning materials to the point where it actually influenced those materials? So materials were removed, replaced or modified based on the data feedback you were able to gather?

A little bit. You can see for example where students are struggling and that gives you a sense of where you need to rethink the material. Actually, there's some beautiful research that shows that the most important thing one can really do is make the student curious—really focusing on the motivation.