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Metacognition: Teaching Students How to Learn

Time limit: 731 days


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Course Description

This digital course, Metacognition: Teaching Students How to Learn, will help you explore ideas around thinking, studying, and learning. Metacognition, or “thinking about thinking,” helps learners become more aware, effective, and reflective. When students understand more about the science of their own learning, their progress can skyrocket. Learn strategies to weave metacognition throughout your course.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this digital course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of metacognition.
  • Understand the effects of various metacognitive strategies.
  • Identify at least one way to incorporate metacognition into your teaching.


  1. Metacognition Basics
  2. Using the Metacognitive Cycle
  3. Teaching Metacognition


This digital course consists of three lessons, which altogether will take approximately 50-70 minutes to complete. Additional resources or tips for further exploration are provided at the end of each lesson. Each lesson culminates in a knowledge check to confirm what you have learned and move on to the next lesson.

Intended Audience

UMD faculty, staff, and graduate students


Once you have engaged with all of the pages and completed all of the assignments in this course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Open Learning. If you have questions or issues receiving your certificate of completion, please email

Keep an eye out for announcements to come soon about similar offerings from the University of Maryland's Teaching Academy. Once the Teaching Academy is live, you will be able to apply your completion of this digital course towards that non-credit certificate program!

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