McGuire also presented a workshop for faculty and teaching assistants titled "Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key."
The conference, hosted by the Office of Support for Effective Teaching, with additional sponsorship support from several UNM departments and organizations, provided an opportunity to broaden a teaching commons of UNM faculty desiring to aid one another in developing effective learning pedagogies and teaching practices. Topics included traditional classroom and laboratory instruction, to virtual learning and assessment, to community-based service learning and programs that assist student learning outside of the classroom.
Several presentations highlighted the approaches to collaborative learning that have been implemented in UNM's new learning studio classroom in Dane Smith Hall. Poster displays exhibited course-reform projects in college algebra and general chemistry, and general physics supported by the STEM Gateway project, which is funded at UNM by the U.S. Department of Education.