A) Overview

We'll spend one hour a week discussing a paper or a short presentation to see how research can better inform education in a practical context, and practical learning problems can guide basic research. A focus will be on how to take education online, because it's well suited to research and quite scalable.

(malleable) list of potential readings: www.cognitivescience.co/learn/reading-group/reading-list

Sign up: Sign up at https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/learningeducationresearch to be added to the mailing list or email joseph_williams AT berkeley DOT edu.

When: On August 26, Wednesday 3–4 pm. [Regular meeting time: Likely Tuesday afternoon, e.g. 3-4 pm.]

If you want your schedule considered just enter your constraints here.

Where: Tolman 3201 (Warner Brown Room)

A lot of content for the group will start being added to an associated wiki: 

E.g. hyperlinks to online PDFs for excellent articles, links to great online resources on research literature, tools for educational research, curriculum standards, conferences, media, organizations and think tanks that could be useful.

Here's an example of the kind of resources we can post: www.cognitivescience.co/learn/resources

The group will be used by members to:
* Announce weekly readings.
* Send links to relevant events occurring on campus or online.
* Send links to extremely good resources on linking research to educational practice.
* Draw on the expertise present in the group: We may often be solving similar problems or have similar questions and challenges, and so it'd be good to not reinventing the wheel. Also, we can draw on a range of people who know a lot about particular disciplines and particular topics. 
There is a wealth of research on learning and instruction and many practical contexts in which learners and teachers could benefit from exposure to this knowledge. However, basic theoretical research is often not driven by the goal of understanding learning in order to improve it, and practitioners often do not receive research insights in a readily understandable form that they can easily implement.

The reading group is aiming to focus on papers that present deep and effective research insights into learning that can be easily implemented by practitioners (learners themselves, teachers, faculty, instructional designers) to have a noticeable impact on learning. A reading and discussion group is particularly good for this because we can approach papers with an eye towards their practical implications, as well as considering how the attempt to consider theories in a practical context suggests new directions for our own research.

There are thousands of papers in fields relevant to learning and so we will try to select those that have been shown to have the biggest impact or are very promising in their potential applications. Everyone has an opportunity to suggest and choose papers, and we can discuss both their merits and limitations. The discussion will also provide a chance for contact between typically disparate disciplines – like Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Public Police – as well as linking a research perspective to a more practical approach – like that needed by teachers, students, GSIs, lecturers.

We're also going to put some resources online on a Wiki – like links to the relevant papers, links to resources for researchers and for practitioners, and information for people who want to bridge basic and applied research. We'll also link to sites that provide similar information.