NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Brain Works: Better Teaching with the Brain in Mind

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

Filled with the latest information on how the brain learns, this course will energize and inspire! Learn how to teach in a more meaningful, powerful manner. Explore the role of emotion, retention, windows of opportunity, the primacy-recency effect, and much more. Whether this is your first brain course or your 4th, there is much here for you!


1.  Understand how the brain encodes, manipulates, and stores information.

2.  Understand how emotion can enhance or impede learning.

3.  Understand the important role the following play in learning: windows of opportunity, closure, primacy-recency effect, working memory capacity, elaborative rehearsal.

4.  Apply brain-based learning to the classroom.

5.  Design a series of activities using brain-based strategies.


Required reading for the course includes the following text:
Sousa, D. (2006), How the Brain Learns. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

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