Friday 25 November 2022. 11:30am - 12:30pm

Paul Ginns

Tracing to learn in STEM subjects

Contact Author: Paul Ginns (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

a Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia


Many students find STEM lessons intellectually challenging as well as unmotivating; hence, there is a constant need for lessons that both engage students and manage cognitive load. This workshop reviews an innovative instructional design, the tracing effect, with broad applicability to STEM education. 

This workshop will be of interest to teachers, instructional designers, and educational researchers, as the presenter will (a) review theory and research on the tracing effect, (b) describe general principles for designing effective tracing/pointing instructions, and (c) encourage discussion of novel ways tracing/pointing might enhance STEM teaching and learning.

Tracing is a simple, evidence-based, effective, and zero-cost learning strategy with potential to enhance learning across a broad range of STEM topics.