Monthly Archives: October 2015

Durham Tech’s Teaching-Learning Center hosts metacognition expert

 

Dr. Saundra McGuire, a retired chemistry professor and learning center director at Louisiana State University, speaks at a presentation to Durham Tech students on October 12.

Dr. Saundra McGuire, a retired chemistry professor and learning center director at Louisiana State University, speaks at a presentation to Durham Tech students on October 12.

Dr. Saundra McGuire, retired chemistry professor and learning center director at Louisiana State University (LSU) and nationally recognized speaker on metacognition, was on campus October 12 and 13 to make a series of presentations to Durham Tech students and faculty.

On Monday, October 12, she presented “Metacognition: The Key to Acing Courses!,” an interactive workshop for chemistry and biology students. Dr. McGuire shared strategies to help student study more efficiently and effectively. The 25 students who attended the workshop were highly engaged and drew immediate connections to their own academic challenges and the strategies she presented.

On Tuesday, October 13, more than 80 full-time and part-time employees participated in the TLConference. Dr. McGuire presented a keynote presentation on metacognition and a large-scale workshop on increasing student motivation. Both activities were very well received by the participants. Between Dr. McGuire’s presentations, several of the “best of the best” TLC activities from recent semesters were presented in concurrent sessions. These presentations were made by Abraham Dones, Kerry Cantwell, Lance Lee, Sue Cheng, Jonathan Cook, Julie Humphrey, and Karen McPhaul. The event concluded with a lunch from The Bagged Lunch Company and a closing town hall meeting.

These activities were planned by the TLC Advisory Committee, especially Karin Abell, Erin Riney, Lance Lee, Scott Stauble, Marye Vance, and Gabby McCutchen.

Dr. Saundra McGuire and several members of the TLC Advisory Committee.

Dr. Saundra McGuire and several members of the TLC Advisory Committee.

Durham Tech hosts Duke roundtable discussion

Dr. Mitchell Heflin speaks with two students during the Duke Geriatric Education Center Dementia Roundtable on Wednesday.

Dr. Mitchell Heflin speaks with two students during the Duke Geriatric Education Center Dementia Roundtable on Wednesday.

Durham Tech hosted the Duke Geriatric Education Center (GEC) Dementia Roundtable on Wednesday. The topic, “Introduction to Dementia,” was led by the Duke Team and moderated by Dr. Mitchell T. “Mitch” Heflin (pictured above). The event was an innovative, community-based inter-professional education program for health professionals and students caring for people with dementia and their families in the community.

The Duke Team includes faculty from social work, medicine, physician assistants, education, and nursing, who have developed a series of nine sessions on a range of topics, including Dementia diagnosis and recognition, Management of Challenging Behaviors, and Advanced Dementia Care, among others. Each session is 60 to 90 minutes long and offers anchored instruction using videos, case studies, and small group discussion with brief didactics at the end offering key learning points and resources for care.

Duke partners with other organizations in the community including Durham Tech, the Durham Council for Senior Citizens, the Durham Center for Senior Life, PACE (Senior CommUnity Care of North Carolina), and the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging.

For more information, contact Melissa Ockert at Durham Tech (ockertm@durhamtech.edu) or visit http://geriatriceducation.duke.edu.