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Videos of Past Presentations

Saundra Y. McGuire

September 22, 2017 Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key! (UMBC Login Required)

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

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award.  She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 250 institutions in 43 states and eight countries.  Her latest book, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, was released in October 2015.  The most recent of her awards is the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences.  She received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, her Master’s degree from Cornell and her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise.

Josh Enszer & Anne Rubin

April 14, 2014 Panel Discussion on Game-Based & Gamified Learning

Josh Enszer is a Lecturer in Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering at UMBC. In this presentation he shares how he uses principles of gamification and tools in Blackboard to create a game-like environment that motivates students to achieve in ENCH 225–Problem-Solving and Experimental Design and ENCH 442 Chemical Process Control and Safety.

Anne Rubin is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History Education at UMBC. Anne describes her course Replaying the Past in which her students are collaborating with Professor Marc Olano’s (Computer Science & Electrical Engineering) students in video game design to build a game to teach undergraduate students about the Pratt Street riots in Baltimore during the Civil War.

Chris Anson

February 26, 2014  Beyond the Hype: New Technologies for Providing Feedback

Chris M. Anson is University Distinguished Professor, Professor of English, and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in language, composition, and literacy and works with faculty in nine colleges to reform undergraduate education in the areas of writing and speaking.

Derek Bruff

February 9, 2011 Teaching with Clickers for Deep Learning

Derek Bruff is director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics.

Eric Mazur

November 11, 2009 Confessions of a Converted Lecturer

Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.