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Professional Development Workshop: Applying the Science of Learning for Educators

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In this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify examples of the counterintuitive nature of how people best learn and why we often employ the wrong strategies to learn optimally.
  2. Illustrate the many influences on learning and understand why a holistic approach to learning is needed.

iii.        Summarize the differences between knowing about strategies for learning versus knowing how to implement these strategies.

Bio of speaker:

Robert K. Kamei, MD, is a Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and Duke-NUS Medical School. He also holds a tenured faculty position at Duke University, USA. He has devoted his career to helping all students (not just medical students) learn optimally. A pediatrician by training, he has first-hand knowledge that students must be healthy to learn at their best.

In 2006, he moved from the United States to Singapore to help start Duke-NUS Medical School, a collaboration between Duke University and NUS. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Educator in Residence Award from the Singapore Ministry of Education. He served as Associate Provost and founding Director of the Institute for Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET) at NUS from July 2016 to 2019. ALSET focuses on the rigorous study of educational best practices in the classroom.

His course on the science and practice of learning has been one of NUS’s most popular general undergraduate electives. He wrote his book Strategic Learning: A Holistic Approach to Studying to give more students a chance to learn how to optimize their learning.

Professor Kamei has an Instagram (@robertkkamei) that provides learners with additional tips on learning and achieving greater success in life.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. In 2000, he served as a United States Fulbright Senior Scholar in Indonesia.

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