Design Instruction to Increase Student Transfer of Learning with Grant Wiggins


Speaker: Grant Wiggins


SKU: W190-43013

Webinar Description

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Transfer of learning is the true measure of understanding: If you really ‘get it’ you should be able to apply what you’ve learned to a different task, in a different context without being prompted. Yet, for decades, many research studies and standardized tests results have shown that students are unable to transfer their learning.

Students won’t be in your classroom forever. They need to be able to transfer what they learn today and apply it to standardized tests, to their secondary education studies and to their future jobs and professions in a rapidly changing world.

In this webinar, Grant Wiggins, co-author of the Understanding by Design series, explores what transfer is (and isn’t), summarizes what we know about what promotes and impedes transfer and provides practical tips for teachers and administrators on facilitating transfer of learning. Find out how to use Understanding by Design principles to achieve this goal and maximize your impact on student learning!

Webinar Topics:

These are some of the tips, tricks and tools you’ll learn about during this fast-paced webinar:

  • Backward design from transfer as well as from ‘coverage’
  • Instructional and testing practices that impede transfer
  • How to increase student autonomy (i.e. the gradual release of teacher responsibility)
  • The different kinds of learning transfer
  • Helping students transfer what they learn across the curriculum
  • Meta-cognitive skills that pave the way for learning and transfer



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About the Speaker

Grant Wiggins

is the president of Authentic Education in Hopewell, NJ, which consults with schools, districts and state education departments on many key issues in education. He is perhaps best known for being the co-author, with Jay McTighe, of Understanding By Design and The Understanding By Design Handbook, the award-winning and highly successful materials on curriculum. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Over the past 20 years, Grant has worked on some of the most influential reform initiatives in the country, including Vermont’s portfolio system and Ted Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools. He has established statewide Consortia devoted to assessment reform for the states of North Carolina and New Jersey. Grant is the author of Educative Assessment and Assessing Student Performance, both published by Jossey-Bass. Grant earned his EdD from Harvard University and his BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis. His work is grounded in 14 years of secondary school teaching and coaching.

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