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Promoting Skillful Learning: Designing Activities for Metacognitive Growth

1.    Name a primary metacognitive learning objective for students and explain the reasoning behind it.
2.    Describe the salient elements of the context of the activity.
3.    Outline the activities to engage students in the metacognitive learning objective and the products providing evidence for it.
4.    Draft supporting materials for the metacognitive activities.

In this extended face-to-face workshop session, participants will commit to a specific metacognitive learning objective to implement with students in a specific learning context. This builds directly from the definition of metacognition built during the previous virtual workshop. The goal of this interactive working session is to guide participants through the process of constructing an outline of a complete metacognitive activity to meet the identified objective. This includes identifying what students will do and what products they will produce that will provide evidence for attaining the objective. For example, within a foundational engineering course, the objective may be to help students adopt and use learning strategies associated with deeper learning. To do this we could develop specific in-class practice with three relevant strategies, such as, retrieval practice, working and explaining what-if extensions to example problems, and creating a concept map of course concepts. Evidence that students are doing what-if extensions could include a short video identifying their what-if question and explaining their solution. Once participants design their metacognitive activity, they will have a model of the process that can be replicated to develop additional activities.

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

Please note: This workshop is from 9 to 1, and then resumes from 3 to 4:30 pm in Teer 203. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. 

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 second in a series of three sessions; although each of the sessions can be attended individually, we encourage you to register for Session 1 Promoting Skillful Learning: What is metacognition and where to start with students? (Dec 9) and Session 3 Promoting Skillful Learning: Addressing context, barriers, and challenges  (January 7) as well.


Monday, January 6, 2020
9:00am - 1:00pm
Other (see event description)
West Campus
Teaching and Learning  
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