The Dennis Learning Center facilitates professional development for staff, instructors, and administrators. All of our sessions are grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence from educational psychology and related fields. Our available topics are listed below. Depending on the needs of the audience, each session is tailored to a length of 75-120 minutes and addresses secondary, postsecondary, or lifelong learning.
For questions about professional development pricing and scheduling, contact Senior Associate Director Lauren Hensley.
Developing Self-Regulated Learning and Metacognition to Support Academic Transitions
College demands that students be effective in juggling multiple responsibilities and goals, studying in a way that goes beyond the surface, and self-directing their learning. In this session, attendees will learn about common transition challenges and consider self-regulated learning as a framework for addressing these challenges. This session will emphasize the role of metacognition in effective learning and build awareness of key elements that contribute to the (in)effectiveness of various study strategies. Attendees will also reflect on specific ways in which they can help students develop their self-regulated learning skills.
Got Motivation? Strategies for Empowering Students in their Academics
The path to college success is bolstered when students find value in what they are learning, believe they are capable of improvement, and act resiliently in the face of academic challenge. At times, however, students are disinterested, doubtful of their capabilities, and poised to stop trying altogether. Although many factors contribute to these differences, a key component that varies across students and contexts is motivation. All students are capable of developing their motivation for learning, and instructors and staff play an important role in this process. Attendees will learn key principles of motivation, then consider how to apply these insights to practice in order to empower students with greater confidence in and ownership of their learning.
Helping Students Reduce Procrastination and Boost Time Management
Procrastination and poor time management are major threats to learning and performance. This session will unpack the problematic nature of procrastination and examine the claim that individuals work better under pressure. Attendees will gain a deeper grasp of the reasons underlying procrastination, the nature of the procrastination cycle, and rationalizations that give false hope about procrastination. To support students’ productivity and learning, attendees will also gain ideas for discouraging procrastination and encouraging effective time management.