The Provost's Retreat on Teaching and Learning offers an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues before the semester begins, explore pedagogical ideas, and celebrate our teaching and learning successes. 

We had another wonderful event this year of learning and celebrating together!

Teaching for Metacognitive Equity

Dr. Saundra McGuire

Achieve Metacognitive Equity by Teaching Students How to Learn

Metacognition is the ability to identify and utilize methods of learning that will be most effective for solving a particular problem or question and to assess one’s own learning in order to improve retention and transferability. Dr. Saundra McGuire’s interactive online presentation on Monday, August 23rd addressed the need for all students to develop metacognitive skills and introduce practical strategies for integrating metacognitive practices into our classes.

Metacognitive Resources

2021 Provost's Retreat Schedule

Monday, August 23, 1 - 3:00pm ET
Online Keynote by Dr. Saundra McGuire

Dr. Saundra McGuire facilitated an interactive session for faculty and staff to explore metacognitive strategies that will help increase students' understanding of and investment in their learning. This synchronous online interactive learning opportunity will help you enhance or be more intentional about metacognitive strategies you already utilize in your classes and offer low-stakes ways of embedding new metacognitive strategies for helping students learn.

This interactive presentation was recorded for those who are unable to attend synchronously.

View a copy of Dr. McGuire's book, Teach Students How to Learn : Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation.


Wednesday, August 25, Small Group Conversations

Academic Resource Team staff facilitated one-hour small group conversations that engaged the ideas from the keynote lecture. These conversations focused on cooperative learning as opposed to being presentational in nature. Participants were asked to bring questions, experiences, and ideas. The groups were no larger than eight faculty and staff and took place in person or via zoom. 


Wednesday, August 25, 4 - 6pm ET
Celebration of Teaching (Inn on Boltwood)

Happy hour for community and conversation. This was an opportunity to connect with new colleagues and reconnect with our community. 


Monday, September 27
Metacognitive Strategy Reflective Assessment Conversations

In these 90-minute Zoom conversations with Dr. Saundra McGuire, small groups of faculty and instructional staff will have the opportunity to reflect together on what they have learned about what is working and what isn't working with the metacognive strategies you have integrated into your classes during Fall semester. What can we learn from each other's successes and failures? You will have an opportunity to sign up for one of these in the RSVP and, if there are remaining open spots, after the Provost's Retreat on August 23rd.