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Promoting Skillful Learning: What is metacognition and why should I care?


  1. Define and describe key elements of metacognitive learning
  2. Connect the metacognitive framework to personal learning practices
  3. Identify one thing to adopt in the coming term to improve their learning and/or monitoring their learning processes.


Are you a skillful, that is, an effective and efficient, learner? How do you know? Can you get better? You can! Everyone can grow as a more skillful learner and metacognition is a key component. Metacognition involves our knowledge and regulation of our thinking processes. Everyone is metacognitively active to one degree or another, but we all have room to grow and benefit from improving our metacognitive skills. For example, many students persist in predominantly using surface approaches to learning, such as rehearsal and memorization, but could benefit greatly from more elaborative and organizational approaches. These approaches are associated with deeper learning, that is, making what you are learning useful by reliably recalling it and being able to apply it in new situations. This workshop focuses on understanding metacognition, self-evaluating your learning processes, and identifying a potential area of improvement and strategies for monitoring your improvement.

Workshop Leaders: 

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

This workshop will take place in Teer 203. Lunch will be provided for registrants.

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.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Other (see event description)
West Campus
Teaching and Learning  
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