Hi, I'm Dr. Mark James
Associate professor of applied linguistics | Curriculum designer and materials developer | Education consultant
I hope this website is helpful for people who are interested in my work on learning transfer and would like to find out more (for example, how this can be applied in their own education and training contexts) or might want to work with me.
As a visitor to this website, I would really like to hear from you! What questions or suggestions do you have about teaching for transfer? There’s a discussion at the bottom of this page to share ideas and make connections to your education and training contexts. And if you might want to work with me to improve learning transfer in your organization’s or company’s education and training programs, please contact me.
Some background information
I’m an education specialist, in particular second language education (for example English as a second language), and this involves a few things …
What is learning transfer and why is it important?
Learning transfer is the application of learning in new situations. For example, if I learn how to do calculations in a mathematics class, I might transfer this learning to a situation outside the class, for example when I am shopping or working at my job. Learning transfer is a main purpose of any education or training program: Individuals should be able to take whatever they learn in the program and apply it outside the program, in the “real world”. Unfortunately, in many cases, this doesn’t happen: Research shows that transfer is influenced by a variety of factors, and learning often doesn’t transfer when and where we hope it will. But, there are practical steps we can take in education and training programs to help.
Join the mailing list
Would you like to receive the most current information about how to maximize learning transfer in education and training contexts? It’s free to join and you can unsubscribe anytime. Enter your email address here to sign up.
Join a conversation
Do you have any examples of teaching for transfer successes or failures? Do you have questions about teaching for transfer in your own class, organization, or company? Do you have other questions or comments about learning transfer? Share those questions and comments here and we can put our heads together about this important topic …