Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture

  • MICHELENE (Micki) T.H. CHI
  • Foundation Professor and Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching
  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • Director of the Learning and Cognition Lab, Arizona State University
Distinguished Lecture Series

ICAP: How to Promote Deeper Learning by Engaging Students Cognitively

Is the lecture obsolete? How can students and educators jointly engage in practices that more effectively support robust learning? The Simon Initiative and University Lecture Series invite you to join leading learning scientist and CMU alumna Dr. Michelene (Micki) T.H. Chi for a deep dive into her research on student engagement and its practical applications for students and faculty to co-create experiences for better learning and better teaching.

ICAP is a theory of active learning that differentiates students’ engagement based on their behaviors within the learning environment and the outputs they produce.  ICAP postulates that Interactive engagement, demonstrated by collaborative dialogs, is superior for learning than Constructive engagement, indicated by generative behaviors. Both kinds of engagement exceed the benefits of Active or Passive engagement, marked by physically manipulative and attentive behaviors, respectively. This talk will briefly describe ICAP along with two five-year projects that attempted to translate ICAP into a theory of instruction for K-12 teachers, assessing both teachers’ design, teachers’ implementation, and students’ learning. We focus in particular on why it is difficult to implement optimal co-constructive ways of collaborative or Interactive engagement. Ideas for how to salvage lecturing in college instruction will also be discussed.

About the Speaker.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

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