Here are upcoming workshops and seminars for the remainder of 2014:Science of Learning 5: Development of Expertise and Transfer of LearningThursday, November 6, 2:30-4:00 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE)[repeat of Oct 30 session]Teachers often observe that students cannot apply what they have learned to new problems and situations. This is a common problem and a significant concern for teachers trying to help students build usable knowledge and expertise. This session focuses on understanding what makes transfer of learning difficult, and what teachers can do to support better transfer.
Introduction to Blended LearningFriday, November 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE)This is an overview presentation about the possibilities and strategies in offering a blended (also called hybrid) course at UW-L. The presentation will define blended learning, explain the benefits of the blended course design approach, and discuss strategies for offering a quality blended course. Information will be provided about design considerations for blended courses and example course materials from blended courses will be shared. No experience with blended course design is needed to attend this introductory session.
Science of Learning 6: Metacognition, Self-regulation, Learning StrategiesThursday, November 13, 2:30-4:00 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE) [repeated Thursday, November 20]As students progress through school we expect them to become less dependent on teachers and to become more independent learners. This does happen, but not in all the ways we would hope. Many college students seem to be unaware of effective learning strategies, how to approach complex tasks, where the gaps are in their knowledge and skills, how to evaluate and improve their own learning. This session examines metacognition, self-regulation, and learning strategies as important components of independent learning. We will examine how teachers can promote the kind of self-regulation that leads to better learning.
Time Management Tips for Teaching OnlineFriday, November 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE)Faculty who teach online often comment on the amount of time needed to be effective in that environment. It is true that online courses can be very time consuming. The first hour of this workshop will review some time management strategies and techniques that will help in offering your online course. A survey of UW-L online instructors helped generate the tips for this workshop. The second hour of the workshop will answer questions on how to use some of the technologies and D2L tools presented for time-saving approaches. If the second hour does not address all lingering questions, resources will be provided including names of people to contact for additional support. This session may be of particular interest to those teaching online in winter interim 2015.Science of Learning 7: Mindsets, Motivation, Mistrust, AnxietyThursday, December 4, 2:30-4:00 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE)[repeated Friday, December 5] We know that students’ motivation plays a significant role in their achievement. But what factors and conditions influence student motivation? Why do students persist when faced with difficult tasks, give up, do just enough to get by, work tenaciously, obsess over grades, focus on avoiding failure, take or avoid academic risks? This session examines some of the key factors that influence students’ effort and persistence in learning, and strategies instructors can use to support students' motivation.
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