That Transfers

Learning That Transfers empowers teachers and curriculum designers alike to harness the critical concepts of traditional disciplines while building students’ capacity to navigate, interpret, and transfer their learning to solve novel and complex modern problems. 

Chapter Resources

Use the provided links to access supporting materials, tools, and resources for each chapter 

We created this website to provide educators with a suite of materials that help take the ideas within the book and bring them into their learning context. Interested in a more guided journey through our work? Check out our supplementary courses.

Learning Transfer

Chapter 1 outlines the learning transfer mental model—a way of making sense of new topics and fields that help us grasp the overall structures of our world.

Disciplinary Literacy

Chapter 3 compels us to view individual subjects, as part of a larger discipline of study—or a way of making sense of our complex world.

Story of Your Course

Chapter 5 synthesizes the previous chapters into an overall vision for the course that you teach.


Chapter 7 provides the building blocks of 21st century assessment design, presenting it as a system of feedback.

Shifts in Practice

Chapter 2 directs attention to explicit shifts in practice that are necessary to truly harness the power and potential of learning that transfers.

Modern Literacies

Chapter 4 places a growing body of important competencies under one label, modern literacies, and uses them to empower learners.

Unit Planning

Chapter 6 outlines the critical steps for planning a transfer-focused course to empower students to use their learning.

Instructional Design

Chapter 8 brings everything together with tools for creating robust lesson plans designed to help students transfer learning.

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