This webinar is designed to help faculty, learning center professionals, and student affairs personnel develop strategies to help students become independent, self-directed learners. A discussion of the characteristics of todayís students will help participants understand why many students lack effective learning strategies when they enroll in college, and how simple it is to teach them strategies for successful learning.
Reflection and think-pair-share activities will introduce participants to cognitive science research based methods that can be used to improve teaching and learning. The session will provide a variety of strategies that have proven successful in helping students experience meaningful, transferable learning.
∑ Characteristics of many of todayís learners
o Emphasis on performance goals rather than learning goals
o Few time management and learning skills
∑ What the cognitive science research indicates about how people learn
o Learning is a process that can be taught
o There are different levels of learning
o Self-directed, independent learners can be developed
o Metacognition is the key to lasting, meaningful learning
∑ Metacognitive Learning Strategies that Work
o Bloomís Taxonomy
o Study Cycle with Intense Study Sessions
∑ The Impact of Student Mindset on Learning
o Fixed intelligence mindset vs Growth Intelligence Mindset
o Transforming studentsí mindsets
∑ Strategies for Teaching Unprepared Students
Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry and working in the area of learning assistance for the past 35 years, and has previously held academic appointments at The State University of New York, Brockport; The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Alabama A & M University in Huntsville. The basic techniques and strategies she has presented at over 75 institutions on Teaching Students How to Learn have contributed to the increased success of numerous students from diverse economic backgrounds, developmental levels, and with widely varying learning styles.
Dr. McGuire has been the recipient of numerous awards. Two of her most recent awards are attaining Level 4 lifetime learning center leadership certification from the National College Learning Center Association in 2010 and receiving the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, awarded by President Bush in a White House Oval Office Ceremony.
Dr. McGuire received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA; her masterís degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and her Ph.D. in Chemical Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellorís Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise.
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