Webinar: How Learning Happens

On Thursday 3 June 2021 at 16:30–18:00 (British Summer Time), 17:30-19:00 (Central European Summer Time), 10:30-12:00 (Eastern Daylight Savings Time), Carl and I will be giving a webinar on the first section of our book ‘How does our brain work’. Find out more here.

How Learning Happens: How Does Our Brain Work?

Thursday, 3 June 2021
16:30–18:00 (British Summer Time)
17:30-19:00 (Central European Summer Time)
10:30-12:00 (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Professor Paul A. Kirschner
Dr. Carl Hendrick

Online webinar – £20

This (90 minute) session aims to give attendees a basic understanding of what goes on in our brains when we learn, drawing on important research from cognitive psychology. As John Sweller noted, “without an understanding of human cognitive architecture, instruction is blind”.

In this webinar we will discuss the first section of our book ‘How Learning Happens’ looking at how our brains work and what that means for learning and teaching. We explain why students learn some things almost effortlessly without instruction, while other things are learnt with great difficulty through instruction, how our memory works and how we can make it work better, how we (learn to) solve problems, how and why images and words together can help us learn better, and why children should not be taught as if they were small adults. Among the topic covered are:

  • What is cognitive load theory and how can I use it to inform my teaching?
  • What do I need to know about short v long term memory?
  • How do novices and experts learn differently?
  • What is the difference between biologically primary and secondary knowledge?

We’ll give a 60-minute presentation about how our brain works when learning which will be followed by a 30-minute session where we’ll answer any and all questions that you may have.


Dr Carl Hendrick is a teacher of 15 years of classroom experience and is co-author of ‘How Learning Happens’ and holds a PhD in education.

Professor Paul A. Kirschner is emeritus professor of educational psychology, instructional designer and ex-teacher of maths and sciences, and is co-author of ‘How Learning Happens’.

How Learning Happens introduces 28 giants of educational research and their findings on how we learn and what we need to learn effectively, efficiently, and enjoyably. Many of these works have inspired researchers and teachers all around the world and have left a mark on how we teach today.