Keynote Address and Workshops with Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.
On Monday, September 24th and Tuesday, September 25th Dr. Saundra McGuire presented a keynote address and conducted several workshops related to metacognition. Below can be found descriptions of the workshops as well as the PowerPoint slides for her sessions.
The keynote address and her workshop for students were both videotaped. Please contact the CTE for the URLs to these streamed videos.
Keynote Address: “Teach Students HOW to Learn: Metacognition is the Key”
21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session focused on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. Participants engaged in interactive reflection activities that allowed attendees to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.
Follow-Up Workshop: “Approaches for Teaching Metacognitive Strategies to Individuals and Groups”
Tuesday, September 25th, 2:30-4:00 pm
University faculty are experts in their disciplines, but few are well aware of the research on effective teaching and learning. This hands-on follow-up workshop presented faculty with specific approaches for helping students embrace metacognitive learning strategies, and provided opportunities for faculty to practice techniques for motivating students to use the strategies.
Workshop for STEM Faculty: "Metacognitive Strategies for Success in Science and Mathematics Courses”
Tuesday, September 25, 11:00-12:30pm
All STEM students who are admitted to the institution have the ability to succeed in STEM courses. However, most do not have effective learning strategies, and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This interactive workshop introduced faculty to cognitive science research-based learning strategies that will help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning. The session focused on ways to teach STEM students simple, yet powerful learning strategies to ensure success in STEM courses. The workshop addressed issues and strategies related to students at risk in STEM courses, including underrepresented minority students.
Using Appreciative Advising to Help Students Excel
Many students come to college with high aspirations, but with inadequate preparation to excel. This interactive session presented a newly developed advising technique, appreciative advising, that has the potential to facilitate more effective academic advising for all students.
Establishing the Learning Center as the Nucleus in a Learner Centered Institution
Learning centers have the potential to become the nucleus of initiatives that focus the entire institution on improving learning. However, to realize this potential, learning center leaders must identify stakeholders and partners, establish a campus-wide presence for the learning center, and implement effective strategies for expanding the learning center's sphere of influence. This workshop provided strategies to enable the learning center to achieve significant campus-wide impact.
Meeting the Challenges of Providing Effective Tutoring and Study Group Sessions
Many tutors and study group leaders are frustrated that students seem less interested in learning than in being "shown" how to do problems and answer questions. This session discussed the role of metacognition in effective study groups. Participants collaboratively developed strategies to make tutoring sessions and study groups more effective for all participants.