The Doer Effect

Practice Causes Learning

The Doer Effect is the learning science principle that students who do practice as they read (learn by doing) have higher learning gains than those who only read.

This research began at Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative, where researchers confirmed that doing practice does not just correlate to better outcomes, doing practices causes better outcomes.

Our own award winning Doer Effect research replicates these findings that doing practice causes learning. This is meaningful in the following ways:

  • Causality

    Methods proven to be causal for learning should be broadly applied to benefit the most students.

  • Generalizability

    The wide variety of courses and contexts in the research provides assurance that this learn by doing approach is beneficial in many settings.

  • Natural Learning

    The Doer Effect is seen in natural learning data, i.e. it will work for real students in real courses.


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