In an “old school” session on learning Friday, Beloit’s Kristin Bonnie had a chance to talk about how small changes when testing can force students to examine how they're learning—and, sometimes, why they’re not. The session at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting was the second featuring a Beloiter to wind up in Inside Higher Ed in as many days. (Professor Natalie Gummer's comments on study abroad were featured on Friday.)
In a session featuring several teachers from Associated Colleges of the Midwest,
Bonnie, an assistant professor of psychology, talked about how she asks her students to
consider how they’re learning—and where their study habits may be falling short—during and following her exams.
Reporter Scott Jaschik summarized the session’s focus this way: “By forcing students to stop for a few minutes and associate their study habits with their exam performance, and to think about why they don't know an answer, the academics hope to change students’ habits—to encourage them to figure out what they don't know and to study in more effective ways (and more).”
“We want those who are not doing well to think about it,” Bonnie says in the story.
Also featured prominently in the piece: Karl Wirth, a professor of geology at Macalester College and yes, a Beloit alumnus.
The full story, “Can Students Learn to Learn?” is available online.