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Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.

Getting Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Teach Them How to Learn

Thursday, January 10, 2013
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Sky Room, Holmes Student Center

by Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.,
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry,
Louisiana State University


Student raising hand

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 workshop will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. Workshop participants will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow them to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.

Saundra McGuire is Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She served as the director of LSU’s nationally recognized campus-wide learning center, The Center for Academic Success, from 1999 to 2009. Prior to joining LSU in August, 1999, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the highly coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a fellow of The Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Chemical Society (ACS). In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony. Her work with faculty involves the development of pedagogical techniques that facilitate mastery learning and helping them implement pedagogical techniques that maximize student learning outcomes.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am
8:55 am
Welcome and introductions
9:00 am
- Metacognition definition
- Results of teaching metacognitive learning strategies to individuals and groups
- Exercise demonstrating immediate and dramatic impact of metacognitive strategies on learning
10:00 am
Refreshment break
10:15 am
- Metacognition and Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Strategies for teaching students about metacognition
- Mindset and metacognition
12:00 pm
Conclusion and institute evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is for NIU faculty, instructors, and teaching SPS & Civil Service staff only. Registered participants will receive institute materials and a certificate of participation. Please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire morning. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center at by Friday, January 4, 2013 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the institute and/or institute costs can be reduced.

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2012

Registration is closed.

Last Updated: 07/07/2014