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POSTPONED - Dr. Saundra McGuire to Discuss Metacognition at EKU

POSTPONED - Dr. Saundra McGuire to Discuss Metacognition at EKU

Update:  Because of extreme weather conditions during the week of February 16-20, Dr. McGuire's workshops and lecture regarding Metacognition have been postponed.  We plan to hold these important events in Fall 2015.


EKU faculty and students will come together February 19-20 for a common purpose: to enhance the teaching-learning process and student success with proven metacognitive strategies.

A series of sessions featuring noted metacognition scholar Dr. Saundra McGuire are scheduled over the two days.

On Thursday, February 19, McGuire will give students "strategies to experience meaningful, transferable learning" in a presentation entitled "The Key to Acing Courses," from 6 to 8 p.m. in the EKU Center for the Arts. Prizes will be awarded, and proof of attendance will be available. The February 19 event is free and open to all students. Advance registration is available; walk-ins are welcome.

Then, on Friday, February 20, Dr. McGuire will address faculty in two separate sessions in O'Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. The morning event, 8:30-11:30 a.m., will focus on the importance of helping students focus on learning and acquire "simple but effective" learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. Attendees will engage in interactive reflection activities to experience strategies that "significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning." A hands-on follow-up workshop, 12:30-2:30 p.m., will present faculty with specific approaches for helping students embrace metacognitive learning strategies and will provide attendees the opportunity to practice techniques for motivating students to use the strategies. Faculty are encouraged to attend both sessions but, if that's not feasible, the morning session is recommended.

Students and faculty can register for their respective sessions at Dr. McGuire's visit is part of the Provost's Professional Development Series.

Dr. McGuire is the director emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired vice chancellor and professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University. Prior to joining LSU in 1999, she spent 11 years at Cornell University, where she served as director of the Center for Learning and Teaching and senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. While at Cornell, she received and coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She also has presented keynote addresses and workshops at more than 100 events in 38 states and several international venues. In 2007, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in a White House Oval Office ceremony.

Published on February 12, 2015

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