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In response to requests from faculty who are seeking to use teaching and learning strategies to incorporate metacognitive development into their courses, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) are partnering to offer a workshop on practical strategies, tools, and techniques for incorporating metacognition into CSM courses.
Metacognition has been identified by CSM faculty participating in the CSM Student Success Initiative and the KSU Gateways to Completion initiative as an important piece of seeking to improve student success in their courses. Metacognitive strategies are used to help students to become more aware of and think strategically about their own thinking so that they can make changes to their study habits and develop the skills necessary to meet course expectations. It is in this metacognitive domain where effective pedagogical practices can help reduce the patterns of student misconceptions and errors that instructors repeatedly see in the same courses. As Sandra McGuire noted in her recent visit to campus (September 2017), teachers at every level (from elementary school through graduate school) too often believe their students should have learned essential metacognitive skills in the preceding level. For many of our students, this was not their reality. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways we can teach metacognitive strategies to our students in ways that support their learning of the core content in our courses.
We invite you to join other CSM faculty to learn about and share ideas regarding specific strategies, assignments, and tools that can be used to facilitate learning in the metacognitive dimension. When you register, please also complete this survey so that the facilitators can match the workshop to the needs and interests of the registrants. Please also read this article as an introduction to metacognition before attending the workshop.
We encourage you to bring a colleague, and look forward to seeing you there!