June 2023 LSAC eKeynote: Joe Kim is back! "Motivating durable learning: focused attention through instructional design"

  • 22 Jun 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • FREE

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Title: Motivating durable learning: focused attention through instructional design

Description: Most of the undergraduates at McMaster University take introductory psychology in their academic programs. How do you deliver a high-quality educational experience to 6000+ students and maintain an academically rigorous program that motivates deep learning? Research from cognitive psychology on attention, memory and learning has informed our pedagogical decisions to develop evidence-based interventions in education. A key focus has been to promote learning that is durable – extending beyond short-term testing into long-term retention of information that remains with the student after the final exam. In this presentation, I will discuss how academic performance is significantly improved with effective learning strategies that have been established in controlled lab studies and translated to the classroom. These practices work by strengthening long-term retention and depend on instructors to implement effective instructional design and students to take an active role in their own learning.


I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour where I have 3 major roles. A common link is my desire to implement evidence-based practices to promote life-long learning.
1. Director of Education & Cognition Lab.  We study how cognitive principles of attention, memory and learning can be applied to improve education and training. Currently the lab has a co-PI, two post-docs, lab manager, 3 grad students and each year we have about a dozen undergrad research students.  

2. Faculty Director of McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Leadership Program. This program (through the generous support of the McCall MacBain Foundation) supports the leadership and education development of a cohort of postdocs from across the university.
3. Principal Instructor for MacIntroPsych. I co-ordinate the innovative McMaster Introductory Psychology (MacIntroPsych) program which combines traditional lectures with interactive on-line resources and small group tutorials. Each year, over 6,000 students enroll in the program  which has been prominently featured in Maclean’s, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and numerous education media outlets. 

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