EdCog David Miele

David Miele

David Miele is the principal investigator of the Motivation, Metacognition, and Learning (MML) Laboratory at Boston College. He investigates students’ beliefs about their ability, learning, and motivation, and examines how these beliefs influence their engagement in academic tasks. At the broadest level, he is interested in what it takes for students to become effective, independent learners. Though much of his research has examined the motivation of college students, he is also interested in the developmental period of late elementary school (third to fifth grade). In addition, he has conducted research with parents and teachers in order to better understand how their beliefs influence the ways in which they support the learning of elementary school students.

Talk Title - Beliefs About the Nature of Ability and Effort: Their Role in Learning, Parenting, and Teaching


EdCog Shana Carpenter

Shana Carpenter

Shana Carpenter is an associate professor of cognitive psychology at Iowa State University. Her research interests include the application of memory principles to improve student learning and metacognition. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the James S. McDonnell Foundation to implement principles from the science of learning within educational practice. Dr. Carpenter currently serves as associate editor for the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (JARMAC), and serves on the editorial boards for several other journals in cognitive and educational psychology.

Talk Title - Using Preqestions to Enhance Student Learning 

EdCog Ido Davidesco

Ido Davidesco

Ido Davidesco is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and then completed postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University and New York University (NYU). His research utilizes portable brain technologies to investigate learning in real-world environments. Dr. Davidesco is the founder of the NYU Neuroscience and Education Collaborative, an interdisciplinary group that builds partnerships between researchers and educators. He is also the 2017 recipient of the Society for Neuroscience Next Generation Award.

Talk Title - Brain-to-Brain Synchrony in the Classroom 

EdCog Noah Forrin

Noah Forrin

Dr. Noah Forrin is an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Psychology at McMaster University.  During his graduate studies at the University of Waterloo, Noah advanced theories of attention, associative learning, and memory.  His current program of research focuses on factors that influence learning in educational settings.  Noah is particularly interested in examining how attention (and inattention) spreads in the classroom.  He is also studying the negative effect that performance anticipation has on memory (e.g., failing to remember information from the talk that preceded your own at a conference).  Noah is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches Basic Research Methods.

Talk Title - Investigating the spread of attention/inattention in the classroom

EdCog Laura Cole

Laura Cole

Laura Cole is a sought-after keynote speaker known for her engaging, unscripted speaking style that enables her to quickly build rapport with any audience. She has spent the last 15 years perfecting her presentation craft which she now passionately shares with other professionals who are looking to master the art of presentations and public speaking. Laura’s models are inspired by experience and proven by research. Laura is the co-founder of Your Latitude and a business professor with McKeil School of Business, Mohawk College. You can connect with Laura at www.yourlatitude.com

Workshop - Think Before You Speak

EdCog Shoshana Jacobs

Shoshana Jacobs

Dr. Jacobs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and a member of the steering committee for the CBS Office of Educational Scholarship and Practice. She has taught over 8,000 students in both large and small courses across all undergraduate and graduate levels and has employed a variety of active and experiential teaching techniques. Dr. Jacobs takes a student-centered approach to teaching and works as a learning facilitator specialising in active learning in large classes and supports a research program in multi-level system approaches to experiential learning. She is a winner of the University’s distinguished professor award for excellence in teaching (2015).

Workshop - Ideas congress (ICON): A transdisciplinary learning environment for experiential learning

Amy Pachai

Amy Pachai

Amy Pachai is currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. Her research uses both classroom and laboratory studies to understand the causes and consequences of mind wandering during lectures. Her program of research has explored ways to reduce mind wandering, including through the use of effective multimedia design and in-lecture quizzing. For the past 5 years, she has also been involved in McMaster University’s Introductory Psychology courses. Her role has evolved from multiple choice question writing and quiz bank analysis to her current role as final editor for all incoming multiple choice questions.

Workshop - Writing multiple choice questions to create effective tests

EdCog Tanya Martini

Tanya Martini

Tanya Martini obtained her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Toronto and is a professor in the psychology department at Brock University. In addition to introductory psychology, she also teaches human learning and courses designed to facilitate students’ understanding of career-related skills. She was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at Brock as well as a Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Martini’s research explores skill-based learning outcomes in post-secondary education. She has a particular interest in students’ ability to articulate their skill set during interviews, and their ability to recognize how university assignments foster transferable skills that are of interest to employers.

Workshop - Helping Students to See the “Transferable” Part of Transferable Skills

EdCog Jennifer Meka

Jennifer Meka

Jennifer Meka, PhD is the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Director of the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute (MEERI) at the Jacobs School of Medicine at the State University of New York SUNY at Buffalo (UB).

She earned her PhD from UB in Elementary Education and her master’s in Teacher Education from Canisius College.  Prior to joining UB, Jennifer served as the Director of the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education at the Penn State College of Medicine providing support for faculty and other teaching health professionals seeking skills development and mentorship in their roles as educators.  

Her current research areas focus on the impact of participation in peer observation of clinical teaching on observer teaching self-efficacy and clinical teaching practice; developing collaborative partnerships for co-teaching with learning specialists at academic health centers; and using evidence-based education for assessment of student learning.

Workshop - Designing Learning Experiences to Support Cognitive Integration

Joe Kim

Joe Kim

Joe Kim is an Associate Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University and is actively involved in the scholarship 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 Symposium 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.

Workshop - Focusing on what really matters: A reset for workplace productivity

EdCog Faria Sana

Faria Sana

Dr. Faria Sana received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology (McMaster University), and completed an Izaak Walton Killam Fellowship at University of Alberta. She is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Athabasca University, and an Adjunct Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster. Dr. Sana translates basic research in memory and attention into applied educational contexts to promote durable and efficient student learning. Such contexts include using educationally-relevant materials to enhance learning in classrooms, among students with lower cognitive aptitude, through multimedia instruction, via illustrative examples and through problem solving. Follow her on Twitter @ProfFariaSana

Workshop - Taking the Big 3 into the Classroom