Special Presentations - Dr. Joe Kim

March 6, 2020

2-27 Medical Sciences Building

Lunchtime Session
12:00 - 1:30 PM

"Cognitive Principles to improve Training, Teaching and Learning"

Cognitive scientists have been systematically studying processes such as attention, memory and learning for more than 150 years. This rich resource of knowledge has been only recently applied to developing evidence-based interventions in education and training. A key focus of this research has been to promote learning that is durable – extending beyond short-term testing into long-term retention of information in applied settings. A key message in applying cognitive principles to instructional design is that both instructors and students have important parts to play in developing habits that promote durable learning.

Session Specific Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how learning relies on sustained attention to reduce mind wandering.
  2. Design teaching materials that directly guide learning.
  3. Implement active learning practices that strengthen long-term retention. 

Afternoon Session
2:00 - 4:45 PM

"Psychology of Focusing on What Really Matters"

During the course of a busy term, we are pulled in multiple directions with increasing demands for our time and attention. Without a game plan, confusion, procrastination and “busy work” dominate over moving toward higher goals. Research from psychology can provide effective strategies to choose priorities that separate signal from noise, focus attention to engage in deep work, and develop habits that invest limited resources on what really matters.

Session Specific Learning Objectives

  1. Explore how understanding the cognitive architecture of the mind leads to developing a working plan to handle daily challenges with optimized solutions.
  2. Develop a culture for productivity that promotes deep work and movement towards a goal. 
  3. Learn about digital tools to integrate into workflows to shift our resources to important tasks like strategic planning which also deserve attention.

Coffee, tea and water provided.
Please bring your own lunch.

Dr. Joe Kim
Associate Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
McMaster University

Joe Kim is an Associate Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University and is actively involved in the science of teaching and learning. He co-ordinates the innovative McMaster Introductory Psychology (macintropsych.com) program which combines traditional lectures with interactive on-line resources and small group tutorials. The program has been prominently featured in Maclean’s, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and numerous education media outlets.

He directs the Education & Cognition Lab which aims to understand how cognitive principles such as attention, memory and learning can be applied to develop evidence-based interventions in education and training. He also organizes the annual McMaster Conference on Education & Cognition (edcog.ca) which brings together cognitive scientists, educators and policy makers to explore how cognitive science can be applied to educational policy and instructional design.

With an active interest in curriculum and education, he is regularly invited to deliver keynotes and workshops on blended learning, applied cognition in teaching and training, presentation design, and productivity. He also regularly consults on curriculum development for universities and several policy groups including the Council of Ontario Universities Online workgroup, the Innovation and Productivity Roundtable for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Recent honours include: D2L Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2017), Residence Life Campus Partner of the Year (2012), Innovator of the Year Award (McMaster VPR, 2010), President’s Award for Excellence in Course and Resource Design (2010).
In his spare time, he balances work and life.

Follow him on twitter @ProfJoeKim