Knowledge is constructed via connections

Learning is a creative, not a passive, process. Creativity is making connections, so teaching needs to be about creating an environment where those connections can be made.


Norman Eng. Teaching college: The ultimate guide to lecturing, presenting, and engaging students . 2017.

Students are constructing knowledge, not receiving it. Class time needs to be used to make connections, not review ideas.

Ko, A. J. (2023). Informatics Teaching Guide

New learning needs to build on prior knowledge. Students come in with very different levels of prior knowledge. To build efficiently on this prior knowledge, students need deliberate practice. It’s essential to do reps in whatever skill you’re requiring with targeted feedback on what parts are working and aren’t. My job as a professor is to provide an environment to promote this deliberate practice for the acquisition of skills necessary to fulfill the learning objectives of a class.