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Promoting Skillful Learning: What is metacognition and where to start with students?

Workshop Objectives

1. Define key elements of metacognition

2. Give an example and explain how you have seen or experienced a benefit of metacognition

3. Give an example and explain how you have seen or experienced one common metacognitive struggle (deficiency/limitation/growth area)

Description Metacognition is integral to becoming a more skillful learner, involving both our knowledge and regulation of our thinking processes. We define skillful learning to include intentional engagement in activities that deepen conceptual understanding and build connections. Such learning requires an individual sense of responsibility for learning, intellectual independence, and a sense of empowerment. Everyone is metacognitively active to one degree or another, but we all can benefit from improving our metacognitive skills. In this virtual workshop we will unpack specific elements of metacognition and operationalize metacognition in learning contexts. Interactive activities will be leveraged to recognize our own metacognitive activity and the metacognitive strengths and weaknesses in our students. This session will culminate with brainstorming and discussing ideas about where participants would like to apply metacognitive instruction with their students for possible development in the subsequent face-to-face workshops.

Online discusion with: 

Dr. Patrick Cunningham, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Dr. Holly M. Matusovich, Associate Professor of Engineering Education
Virginia Tech

Dr. Rachel McCord, Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor in the Engineering Fundamentals Program,
University of Tennessee

Note: You can attend online or in person in Teer 106. Lunch will be provided in Teer 106, or you can use Zoom to attend remotely. When you register, let us know how you plan to attend. Participation is restricted to people affiliated with Duke University.

For more information about this workshop series, please contact Dr. Stacy Tantum or Dr. Rebecca Simmons

This workshop is sponsored by the Pratt School of Engineering, Office of the Dean.  This workshop is first in a series of three sessions; although each of the sessions can be attended individually, we encourage you to register for Session 2 Promoting Skillful Learning: Designing Activities for Metacognitive Growth  (January 6) and Session 3 Promoting Skillful Learning: Addressing context, barriers, and challenges  (January 7) as well.

Monday, December 9, 2019
11:00am - 12:30pm
Other (see event description)
West Campus
Teaching and Learning  
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