Course Description

This course helps educators apply research on the brain's emotion networks, how they affect learning, and play a key role in learning.  It integrates this research into day-to-day interactions with students using teaching strategies that take advantage of what we know about the brain. These strategies, combined with novel problem-solving research, can make a real difference in how and what students learn.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: Engage the Brain, Designing Learning to Suit the Brain
Start Now, you have 364 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $400.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Posey, A. (2019). Engage the brain: how to design for learning that taps into the power of emotion. Alexandria, VA, USA: ASCD.

Tokuhama-Espinosa, T. (2019). Five pillars of the mind: redesigning education to suit the brain. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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