Stephen M. Kosslyn

President and Chief Academic Officer, Foundry College;

John Lindsley Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Harvard University

Primary Market: university and college professors & administrators; students in teacher

education courses; and teachers & administrations of grades 6-12

Courses:  Instructional Design, Educational Psychology, Foundations of Teaching, Distance 

Learning/Online Education, Learning Science, Active Learning, Learning & Memory


This book summarizes the heart of the science of learning in a way that will help instructors teach online, both in synchronous (e.g.,  with Zoom) and asynchronous (e.g., with Canvas) settings. The material in this book can be used to inject active learning into existing courses or to design a course from scratch; in both cases, active learning will make the courses not only more interesting but also more effective.

Readers will learn key facts about cognitive functioning that form the foundation of effective learning. In particular, this book reviews the relationships between "learning" and "memory" and describes several different types of "memory stores" that exist in the human brain, and it explains factors that affect different phases of learning, from encoding, to storage, to retention, to retrieval of stored information.

The heart of this book includes five key principles from the science of learning that will help to ensure that that taught materials stick in student’s minds: (1) deep processing, (2) chunking, (3) building associations, (4) dual coding, and (5) deliberate practice. (See the Contents tab for a description of each.)

You will learn strategies derived from theories of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to help engage your students and inspire them to participate. The book concludes with many examples of specific active learning exercises and particular types of activities; all of these exercises and activities can be done effectively online, often both in synchronous and in asynchronous settings.