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The Communication Effect: How to Enhance Learning by Building Ideas and Bridging Information Gaps

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 3:30pm

Presented by Jeff Zwiers

In too many classrooms, instruction suffers from large amounts pseudo-communication, which is the use of language to obtain external rewards (e.g., points, praise, stars, grades). This type of communication tends to focus on short-term memorization and accumulation of short answers. Authentic communication, on the other hand, is the use of language to build up key ideas and engage in productive collaborative arguments. This type of communication focuses on long-term depth and construction of core concepts in a discipline. In this webinar, Jeff Zwiers describes how to improve all dimensions of learning (content, cognition, language, social, agency, etc.) by enhancing instruction with three main features of authentic communication.