New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference

Join us at the 4th annual New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference on January 17, 2020!

  • Learn about innovative teaching and learning taking place at UMass Dartmouth.
  • Network with your peers from across campus.

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Saundra McGuireKeynote announced!
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Saundra McGuire will deliver our keynote session – Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!

Learn more below


Call for Proposals is Open!

We invite presentation proposals focused on innovative and creative teaching and learning practices. The goal of this conference is for attendees to explore concrete ideas they can integrate into their own teaching.

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8:30am – Breakfast & Registration

CCB Lobby

9:00am – Welcome Remarks

CCB 149

9:10am – Provost’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Award

CCB 149

9:45am – Sessions

10:45am – Lightning Rounds

  • Strategies for Teaching and Learning in Large Classes
  • Exploring “Controversial” Topics with Students

11:45am – Sessions

12:45pm – Complimentary Lunch for Attendees

Claire T. Carney Library Living Room

1:30pm – Keynote

Claire T. Carney Library Living Room

Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!

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.

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire 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.

Speaker Biography:

Saundra McGuire
Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success, Professor Emerita in the Department of Chemistry, and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor at Louisiana State University. She is an internationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer who has travelled the globe promoting sure-fire strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 400 institutions in 47 states and ten countries. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her best-selling book, Teach Students How to Learn, was published by Stylus in 2015 The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn, was released in 2018.

McGuire’s most recent accolades include the 2019 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), the 2019 Commitment to Excellence in Academic Support Award from the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education, the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences, and induction in 2017 into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. She is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA).

More information can be found on Dr. McGuire’s website.

Conference Sponsors

Each year the Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Development partner with colleagues from across campus to host this full-day conference.

Please email us with any conference-related questions.