The 8th annual Suc­cess in the Class­room: Shar­ing Prac­tices that Work con­fer­ence was held recently featuring a lun­cheon keynote address by Saun­dra McGuire, assis­tant vice chan­cel­lor for Learn­ing, Teach­ing and Reten­tion, and pro­fes­sor of Chem­istry at Louisiana State Uni­ver­sity. McGuire's talk was titled "Shift­ing the Class­room from Teacher Cen­tered to Learner Cen­tered: It's Eas­ier Than You May Think!"

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.