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Workshop: Is Meta Really Betta? Using Metacognition and Reflection Online

  • 14 Feb 2012
  • 2:00 PM
  • 28 Feb 2012
  • 3:30 PM
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  • Any individual TLT Group Member is entitled to attend this workshop for free. Non-members can attend for $200 or become an Individual Member. Registrants will have access to archives.
  • All institutional and individual TLT Group members are welcome to attend this workshop for free. We encourage you to attend with a group.

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Is Meta Really Betta? Using Metacognition and Reflection Online 

February 14, 21, and 28,  2012
2:00 - 3:00pm EDT

Three presenters skilled in developing strategies for improving the success of students and teachers in courses will present a highly interactive three-session workshop on using reflection in teaching, helping participants learn how to teach the way we want to teach.  

Lucy MacDonald, Florida State College Jacksonville
Saundra McGuire, Louisiana State University
John Zubizarreta, Columbia College

This workshop is free to TLT Group Individual Members.  Check your institution's status here if you have your membership through an institutional subscription.

Metacognition, learning preferences, student preparedness, reflection, deep learning: you’ve heard all the buzz. What do such concepts have in common and how can we, as educators, learn more about them to improve our practice and enhance our students’ learning?

Join us in a three-part conversation that begins with Saundra McGuire’s definition and interactive demonstrations of metacognition, why it’s important to take advantage of its influence on student learning, and how it makes significant differences in our ability to teach today’s students, given their particular characteristics.  Saundra MacGuire, a large university faculty member and administrator, frames the series.  Lucy Tribble MacDonald, an expert on the challenges of teaching at-risk students in a community college setting, follows with specific strategies for infusing metacognitive pedagogies in our classrooms, where students often have to be taught the value of metacognition and trained in its use for deeper learning.

The series ends with John Zubizarreta’s facilitation of an interactive discussion of the role of reflection in significant learning and an opportunity to share examples of teaching practices that promote and support reflective practice in students’ intellectual development. John’s small college perspective rounds out the diversity of institutional experiences of the session leaders, offering participants the important lesson that “meta is betta” no matter what kind of school we teach in, what level of students we teach, or what majors or career goals they have: metacognition or reflective learning is an essential dimension of deeper, more lasting, transformative learning.

Participants for this workshop should sign-in 15 minutes early for tech instructions and to meet others in the group; they also have the option of remaining online for a half-hour follow-up discussion immediately after the workshop.

All of the TLT Group’s online offerings include use of “low threshold” tools, examination of controversial issues, options for participants with a range of experience, and suggestions for assessment as you integrate what you’ve learned into your repertoire. 

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