The more we understand about how students study and learn, the better we can teach and help them thrive. Extensive research in behavioral economics has found that students’ choices about when, whether and how to study are heavily dependent on context. Simply the way in which a choice is presented – choice architecture – can be a very valuable tool for improving student outcomes and choices.
In her Evan C Thompson Chair Lecture on Excellence in Teaching, Professor Katy Milkman of Operations & Information Management will show how faculty and others teaching can leverage insights about what influences choices in order to guide the behavior of students in productive ways. By presenting on the basics of wise choice architecture and on nudges that have been proved to increase good decisions, she will provide actionable takeaways to enhance student learning.