Teaching and Learning Series 2015 ~ 2016

Teaching & Learning Series

Fall 2015


Friday, September 25  ~  12:00 PM-1:00 PM

“Building Better Learners through Practice & Feedback:

A Growth Mindset”

(Ross Hall Room 111)


Many students lack confidence in their ability to learn and even fail to understand that they have the capacity to grow as learners. This session will present specific strategies for providing practice and feedback to develop students’ growth mindset in the light of what we know about CU students’ psychosocial characteristics.



Friday, October 23  ~  12:00 PM-1:00 PM

“Managing Failure: What to Do When Students Won’t Try”

(Ross Hall Room 111)


Failure is known to be crucial to learning, yet many students fear failure so much that they either will not take the risks necessary to growth or cannot recover when they hit an obstacle. This session will present strategies for encouraging students to “fail forward” by challenging themselves enough to risk failure and turning failure into a positive learning experience.



Friday, November 13  ~  12:00 PM-1:30 PM

“Metacognition and Motivation:

The Keys to Increasing Student Learning”

Dr. Saundra McGuire

(Ross Hall Room 111)


21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills and motivation levels.  Most students think that memorizing information just before examinations is tantamount to learning, and they spend considerably less time studying than is commensurate with their grade expectations.  This interactive session will engage participants in activities that demonstrate why many students have difficulty achieving student learning outcomes. Cognitive science research based methods that can be used to facilitate conceptual, transferable learning will be presented, and participants will engage in activities and small group discussions that will prepare them to motivate students to become independent, self-directed learners.