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Blog 198

Blog 198

How Learning Happens: Role of Prior Knowledge

By Nidhi Sachdeva

This microlearning video focusses on the role of prior knowledge. David Ausubel wrote, "The most important single factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows." It is extremely important for educators to know what the learner already knows about the topic in discussion i.e. domain specific knowledge. Activating the pre-existing knowledge helps the learners establish connections between new knowledge and prior knowledge. This is how all learning takes place. Check out this video to learn more about the role of prior knowledge and its implications in teaching practice.

About the Author

Nidhi Sachdeva is a contract faculty in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (DLLL).  Nidhi has been teaching in DLLL at York University since 2009 and her teaching practice includes ESL courses, German language courses and Hindi courses.

Nidhi is also a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum Teaching and Learning Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research focus includes microlearning, cognitive psychology, mobile learning and online learning.

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