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1Learning Center Professionals: Putting the WOW into Faculty Development Workshops! Saundra Yancy McGuire, Ph.D.Asst. Vice Chancellor for Learning & TeachingProfessor, Department of ChemistryPast Director, Center for Academic Success2010 CRLA Conference
22004-2005 National College Learning Center Association Frank L National College Learning Center Association Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award
3Desired outcomesWe will understand how to discuss student learning with facultyWe will have concrete learning strategies that wecan teach faculty to teach students in order to increase learningWe will be able to motivate faculty to address student learningWe will view our faculty colleagues differentlyWe will seek opportunities to conduct faculty development workshops on our campuses and elsewhere around the nation
4Overview Characteristics of 21st Century colleges and universities Needs of faculty development professionalsComponents of Successful Faculty Development WorkshopsVenues for presenting workshopsDeveloping a Plan for Moving ForwardWrap Up
5Characteristics of Many 21st Century Colleges Emphasis on meeting student learning outcomesTechnologically wiredMore pressure on faculty to publish or perishMore adjunct and/or part time facultyMore diverse studentsOthers?
6Characteristics of Many of Today’s Faculty 25 years older than the studentsScholars in areaNo training in pedagogy or learningUse primarily lecture formatKnow little about learning mechanisms and strategies
7Characteristics of Many of Today’s Students Working more hoursMore diagnosed ADD/ADHDInterested in obtaining credentialsFeel entitled to an A or B if they consistently attend classFew time management skillsFew learning skills
9How do some faculty members inadvertently decrease student learning? By assigning homework and giving tests that require little, if any, higher order thinkingBy assessing learning too infrequentlyBy putting notes on-line and advising students they don’t need to purchase the textbookBy having little ability to teach students concrete learning strategies
10Faculty Must Help Students Learn How to Learn! But what does this mean? Help them understand the learning processAssess and provide feedback early and oftenHelp them determine their learning styleTeach them specific learning strategies
11Faculty Development Professionals to the Rescue! Provide workshops for faculty on effective teaching strategiesEngage faculty in reflections about their teachingProvide a mechanism for faculty to share ideas and strategiesOthers?
12Components of Successful Faculty Development Workshops Examples of Impact of Learning Strategies on Student PerformanceCharacteristics of many of today’s learnersCognitive Science Research FindingsTypes and levels of learningEffective Learning StrategiesMotivating StudentsTeaching Unprepared Students
14The Story of Two Students Travis, junior psychology student47, 52, 82, 86Dana, first year physics student 80, 54, 91, 97, 90 (final)
15How’d They Do It? They became expert learners by using metacognition! They learned to think about their own thinking, and they studied to LEARN,not just to make the grade!
16Metacognition* The ability to: think about one’s own thinking be consciously aware of oneself as a problem solvermonitor and control one’s mental processing (e.g. “Am I understanding this material?”)accurately judge one’s level of learning*term coined by Flavell in 1976
17Travis, junior psychology student 47, 52, 82, 86 Problem: Reading ComprehensionSolution: Preview text before readingDevelop questionsRead one paragraph at a timeand paraphrase information
18What is the task described here What is the task described here? *”The procedure is actually quite simple. First, you arrange things into different groups. Of course, one pile may be sufficient depending on how much there is to do. If you have to go somewhere else due to lack of facilities, that is the next step. Otherwise, you are pretty well set. It is important not to overdo things. That is, it is better to do too few things at once than too many. In the short run this may not seem important but complications can easily arise. A mistake can be expensive as well. At first, the whole procedure will seem complicated. Soon, however, it will become just another facet of life. It is difficult to foresee any end to the necessity for this task in the immediate future, but then one can never tell. After the procedure is completed, one arranges the materials into different groups again. Then they can be put into their appropriate places. Eventually, they will be used once more, and the whole procedure will then have to be repeated. However, that is part of life.”
19Unknown Task SourceBransford, J.D.& Johnson, M.K. “Contextual Prerequisites for Understanding: Some Investigations of Comprehension and Recall,” Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 2:7, 1972.
20Dana, first year physics student 80, 54, 91, 97, 90 (final) Problem: Memorizing formulas and using www. cramster.comSolution: Solve problems with no external aids and test mastery of concepts
21Current Cumulative GPA: 3.88 Dana’s Spring 2010 GradesCourse Grade Hrs Carried Hrs Earned Quality Pts Biology A Comp Sci A Math A Med. Phys A Mechanics ACurrent Cumulative GPA: 3.88
22Reflection QuestionsWhat is the difference, if any, between studying and learning?Which, if either, is more enjoyable?When did you learn the conceptual structure (relationships between basic concepts) of your discipline? When/why/how did you learn this?
23Why don’t most students know how to learn or how to study?
25How do you think most students would answer the following questions? What did most of your teachers in high school do the day before the test?What did they do during this activity?What grade would you have made on the test if you went to class only on the day before the test?
26What grade did you get in high school chemistry?* BCDFI didn’t take high school chemistry*234 Students in a Supplemental General Chemistry Course, Fall 2009
27How confident are you that you will make an A or B in Chem 1201 ExtremelyVeryA littleNot at all
28Turn Students into Expert Learners: Learning Strategies are the Keys!
29Counting Vowels in 45 seconds How accurate are you?
34NOW, how many words or phrases do you remember? a. 2 or lessb. 3 – 5c. 6 – 8d. 9 – 12e. 13 or more
35What were two major differences between the first attempt and the second attempt?
361. We knew what the task was 2. We knew how the information 1. We knew what the task was 2. We knew how the information was organized
37Cognitive Science: The Science of the Mind QuestionsHow do humans process information?How do people increase their knowledge?What factors influence learning?What types of learning facilitate transfer of information learned to new settings?How can we change teaching to improve learning?
38Cutting Edge Metacognition Workshop 3/27/2017Bransford, J.D., Brown, A.L., Cocking, R.R. (Eds.), How people learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
39Keys to Learning Based on Cognitive Science Findings Deep factual and procedural knowledge of a discipline is required to solve complex problemsLearning is a continuous process; repetition is the keyNew knowledge must be tied to existing knowledge
40What we know about learning Active learning is more lasting than passive learningThinking about thinking is importantMetacognitionThe level at which learning occurs is importantBloom’s Taxonomy
41Effective Metacognitive Strategies Always ask why, how, and what ifUse SQ5R for reading assignments(survey, question, read, recite, review, wRite, reflect)Test understanding by giving “mini lectures” on conceptsMove higher on Bloom’s taxonomyAlways solve problems without looking at an example or the solutionUse the Study Cycle with Intense Study SessionsParticipate in study groups (e.g. Supplemental Instruction)
43Bloom’s Taxonomy Creating Evaluating Analyzing Applying Understanding This pyramid depicts the different levels of thinking we use when learning. Notice how each level builds on the foundation that precedes it. It is required that we learn the lower levels before we can effectively use the skills above.Bloom’s TaxonomyCreatingGraduate SchoolPutting elements together to form a coherent or functional whole; reorganizing elements into a new pattern or structure through generating,planning, or producing.Making judgments based on criteria and standards through checking and critiquing.EvaluatingBreaking material into constituent parts, determining how the parts relate to one another and to an overall structure .AnalyzingUndergraduateCarrying out or using a procedure through executing, or implementing.ApplyingConstructing meaning from oral, written, and graphic messages through interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, and explaining.UnderstandingHigh SchoolRetrieving, recognizing, and recalling relevant knowledge fromlong-term memory.Remembering
44Creating Evaluating Analyzing Applying Understanding Remembering Example ~ Bloom’s Levels of Learning ~ Applied to Goldilocks and the Three BearsCreatingWrite a story about Goldilocks and the Three Fish. How would it differ from Goldilocks and the Three Bears?EvaluatingJudge whether Goldilocks was good or bad. Defend your opinion.AnalyzingCompare this story to reality. What events could not really happen.ApplyingDemonstrate what Goldilocks would use if she came to your house.UnderstandingExplain why Goldilocks liked Baby Bear’s chair the best.RememberingList the items used by Goldilocks while she was in the Bears’ house.Adapted from
45When we teach students about Bloom’s Taxonomy… They GET it!
46At what level of Bloom’s did you have to operate to make A’s or B’s in high school? KnowledgeComprehensionApplicationAnalysisSynthesisEvaluation
47At what level of Bloom’s do you think you’ll need to be to make an A in college? KnowledgeComprehensionApplicationAnalysisSynthesisEvaluation
48How do we teach students to move higher on Bloom’s Taxonomy How do we teach students to move higher on Bloom’s Taxonomy? Teach them the Study Cycle**adapted from Frank Christ’s PLRS system
49The Study Cycle Preview Attend Review Study Assess 4 Reflect 3 Review Preview before class – Skim the chapter, note headings and boldface words, review summaries and chapter objectives, and come up with questions you’d like the lecture to answer for you.Preview4 ReflectAttend class – GO TO CLASS! Answer and ask questions and take meaningful notes.AttendReview after class – As soon after class as possible, read notes, fill in gaps and note any questions.ReviewStudy – Repetition is the key. Ask questions such as ‘why’, ‘how’, and ‘what if’.Intense Study Sessions* short study sessions per dayWeekend Review – Read notes and material from the week to make connectionsStudyAssess your Learning – Periodically perform reality checksAm I using study methods that are effective?Do I understand the material enough to teach it to others?Assess*Intense Study Sessions1Set a Goal(1-2 min)Decide what you want to accomplish in your study session2Study with Focus(30-50 min)Interact with material- organize, concept map, summarize, process, re-read, fill-in notes, reflect, etc.3Reward Yourself(10-15 min)Take a break– call a friend, play a short game, get a snack4Review(5 min)Go over what you just studiedCenter for Academic SuccessB-31 Coates Hall ▪ ▪www.cas.lsu.edu
50Concept maps* facilitate development of higher order thinking skills And there are many differentforms of concept maps*developed by Joseph Novak in 1972
51Chapter/Paper Map Title of Chapter/Paper Primary Headings Subheadings Secondary Subheadings
52Ideas... Cause and Effect: (Comments go Here.) (Comments go
54Compare and Contrast Concept #1 Concept #2 How are they similar? How are they different?
55Gabriel, Kathleen F. (2008) Teaching Unprepared Students Gabriel, Kathleen F. (2008) Teaching Unprepared Students. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing
56Effective Strategies for Teaching Unprepared Students* Establish high expectationsEmphasize Consistent ContactDetermine Students’ Learning StylesDefine Student SuccessClarify Student ResponsibilityEstablish a Learning Community of ScholarsMeet Students Where They AreInterweave Assessment and Teaching*Kathleen Gabriel, Stylus Publishing, 2008
57The Impact of Using Metacognitive Strategies “Without these strategies, I probably would have gotten a C in chemistry. You showed us the first week a way to get an A in the class and I knew that was going to be my only way to achieve that A. I was planning on just studying before the test. But when you stressed how important it was to preview and review and study 2 hours a day or so, I was in shock, but I followed the guideline and got myself an A. So, I would like to thank you, because without these strategies, I probably would have done terribly in Chemistry.”Fall 2009 First semester chemistry student
58… and from the faculty perspective “What I found very useful from both your presentations … and the LSU website was the language of how to talk to students about these issues. I need the help because I've not read in this area of metacognition/learning and I certainly wasn't trained in graduate school to know how to think about these issues either. Your website is very generous because it's not password protected and you share presentation slides. I was able to incorporate some helpful slides in several of my class presentations. Feeding them a little at a time....”University of MS Political Science Professor
60Chem 1001 Results Spring 2007 Test 1 Test 2 Final Total points Attended metacog lecture on 3/2 Did not attend 93 563 Class average *app. 80 attendees out of 200 students because session was on a Friday afternoon. Exam 1 was Wednesday, March 7.
61The 2004 LSU Dental School First Year Class: An Amazing Success Story! Metacognition Discussion – August 13, 2004Histology Exam – August 23, 2004Previous class averages: 74 – 78Challenge to class on August 13: 84 averageReported average on August 24: 85!
62The LSU UCAC Scholastic Drop/Summer Only Program A Super Success Story!Enrolled in SDSUDrop Status EliminatedReinstatedNo. Eligible for Fall% Eligible for Fall 28% % 47% 54%!
63LSU Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student’s Cumulative Exam Record 2004 – 20059/04 Failed10/04 Failed11/04 Failed12/04 Failed1/05 Passed2/05 Failed3/05 Failed4/05 Failed2005 – 200610/05 Passed11/05 Failed12/05 Passed best in group1/06 Passed2/06 Passed3/06 Failed4/06 Passed last one!5/06 N/ABegan work with CAS and the Writing Center in October 2005
65… and from the perspective of a faculty member who learned metacognitive strategies as a student “…I am happy to report to you that many of my students are using the study cycle and all of the outcomes are positive. In summary, students who were failing all of their classes, including my course and in their final semester before being removed from the university are now the top students in their respective classes. I am so proud of these students. Many of the students stated to me that they will continue to use the study cycle.....”October 15, 2010Algernon Kelley, Xavier University Chemistry Instructor
66February 7, 2010 Chronicle of Higher Education How Students Can Improve by Studying ThemselvesResearchers at CUNY's Graduate Center push 'self-regulated learning'Grazyna Niezgoda, a math instructor at New York City College of Technology,says most students eventually appreciate the new methods.
67ROALD HOFFMANN1 AND SAUNDRA Y. MCGUIRE2 Learning and Teaching Strategies American Scientist , VOL 98 September – October Published by Sigma XiROALD HOFFMANN1 AND SAUNDRA Y. MCGUIRE21Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, CornellUniversity, Baker Laboratory, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.2Center for Academic Success and Department of Chemistry,Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA.
68Useful Websites www.cas.lsu.edu www.howtostudy.org www.vark-learn.com Searches on
69Additional ResourcesThe National College Learning Center AssociationThe College Reading and Learning AssociationThe Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD) www. podnetwork.orgThe Teaching, Learning and Technology GroupSearches on
70Final Reflection Question Who is primarily responsiblefor student learning?a) the studentb) the instructorc) the institution
71Whom do you think students say is primarily responsible for student learning? a) the studentb) the instructorc) the institution
72The reality is that…when all three of these entities take full responsibility for student learning,we will experience a significant increase in student performance!
73We can significantly increase student learning! We must teach students the learning process and specific strategiesWe must not judge student potential on initial performanceWe must encourage students to persist in the face of initial failureWe must encourage the use of metacognitive tools
74Where Can You Present Accrediting Body Meetings Campus Faculty Development WorkshopsDiscipline Specific MeetingsArea Colleges and UniversitiesOthers???
75What Does NOT Work Telling Faculty They Are Doing Things Wrong Using “Education Talk”Telling Faculty How to TeachOthers???
76Additional References Bruer, John T. , Schools For Thought: A Science of Learning in the Classroom. MIT Press.Bransford, J.D., Brown, A.L., Cocking, R.R. (Eds.), How people learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.Cromley, Jennifer, Learning to Think, Learning to Learn: What the Science of Thinking and Learning Has to Offer Adult Education. Washington, DC: National Institute for Literacy.Ellis, David, Becoming a Master Student*. New York: Houghton-Mifflin.Hoffman, Roald and Saundra Y. McGuire. (2010). Learning and Teaching Strategies. American Scientist , vol. 98, ppNilson, Linda, Teaching at It’s Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company.Pierce, William, Metacognition: Study Strategies, Monitoring, and Motivation.*Excellent student reference
77AcknowledgementsColleagues at LSU, especially the Center for Academic Success, the Division of Student Life and Enrollment Services, and the Department of ChemistrySarah Baird, former CAS learning strategistNational College Learning Center Association (NCLCA)College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)Dr. Frank ChristInnovative EducatorsThe Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group (TLT)My many students who have proven to me that metacognitive strategies really do work!
78Thanks for participating! Please visit our website atWe have on-line workshops that will introduce you and your students to additional effective metacognitive strategies. Have fun equipping faculty with strategies that turn students into expert learners!Saundra McGuire