Using Cognitive Theory to Boost Long-term Retention of Legal Research Skills

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 (11am - 12pm US/Central)


Having a baseline understanding of cognitive theory and educational psychology is critical to ensuring students/patrons learn effectively. This webinar will discuss key concepts from cognitive learning science and give concrete examples of how librarians can incorporate these theories into their instructional choices.

You will learn:
benefits of prediction, dual coding, and retrieval practice on patron learning
strategies from educational psychology to improve students' long-term retention of research skills
design exercises, assessments, and other course materials that utilize science-backed strategies for improved learning

Registration for this event closes on May 18.

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Alyson Drake
Alyson Drake is the Director of Operations & Educational Programs and the Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program at the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she designs, teaches, and assesses first-year and upper-level legal research programming. Professor Drake's scholarship centers on the intersection of pedagogical and cognitive theory with research instruction, focusing on the practical application of science-backed educational strategies into instructional design. She has spoken on these topics at various national and regional conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Southwestern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, and the Legal Writing Institute, as well as the inaugural Teaching the Teachers Conference for law librarians. She blogs on legal research instruction and cognitive science at


Amy Carr
Senior Strategic Legal Insights Manager
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 05/18/2020
Name Price Available To
AALL Member $0.00   Individual
Site Registration $125.00   Individual
Non-Member $60.00   NonMember
Site Registration $150.00   NonMember

Cancellation and Other Policies:

Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to by the registration deadline. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.