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Integrating Retrieval Practice: Summer 2023

June 5

NED: Foundations

June 5 – June 25, 2023

Short Course


This course is an introduction to retrieval practice teaching methods. Retrieval practice focuses on improving long-term learning. We help students retrieve through deliberate recall of skills and knowledge, spaced out over time, and reviewed along with other concepts.

More than 100 years of educational research in both the lab and in classrooms has supported the effectiveness (and simplicity!) of retrieval practice on improving retention, higher order thinking skills, and transfer of knowledge and skill to new contexts.

We will explore both teaching and technological strategies for using retrieval practice in our course:

  • Module 1 shares the Why and the What of retrieval practice.
  • Module 2 focuses on the How and shares teaching methods and technology tools to support retrieval practice.
  • Module 3 looks at student success with retrieval including metacognition and evaluation of teaching methods.

Course Learning Objectives 

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply principles of retrieval practice to course design or unit development
  • Discuss research findings connecting retrieval practice to student success
  • Explore various teaching and learning tools that align with retrieval practice
  • Implement strategies to support student retrieval practice

Suggested Audience 

Faculty (Full-time and part-time), Instructional Designers and Technologists, and Faculty Developers/Trainers. 

Estimated Time Commitment 

Most participants are able to complete this course by committing 2-3 hours per week. 

Reflect on your Professional Development 

As you progress through this course, please consider how you can use the assignments as a way to highlight your work on your Professional Development Plan. Consider sharing your work with your leadership team. 

Registration Required

Use the RSVP tool below to register. There is a limit of 30 participants per course.

Because we need time to enroll participants into the corresponding D2L Brightspace Course site, we will close RSVPs the Friday prior to the start of this course.

Reminder Coming:  We use the email address you provide to send a calendar appointment to remind you of the start date of this short course.

Accommodations: If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please send an email to the facilitator at the bottom of this page.

Course Location 

This course is hosted and facilitated using the D2L Brightspace instance of Minnesota State called, MnSite.


Contact Educational Development and Technology.


June 5
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Developing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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