The 8th annual Success in the Classroom: Sharing Practices that Work conference is set for Wednesday, Feb. 20, on the top floor of the Student Union Building. The luncheon keynote address by Saundra McGuire, assistant vice chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Retention, and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University, concerns  "Shifting the Classroom from Teacher Centered to Learner Centered: It's Easier than you May Think!" Participation is open to all instructors from all UNM campuses.

The conference, hosted by the Office of Support for Effective Teaching, with additional sponsorship support from several UNM departments and organizations, provides an opportunity to broaden a teaching commons of UNM faculty desiring to aid one another in developing effective learning pedagogies and teaching practices. Scheduled are a full range of topics from 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 highlight approaches to collaborative learning that have been implemented in UNM's new learning studio classroom in Dane Smith Hall.  Poster displays exhibit on 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.

McGuire also presents a workshop for faculty and teaching assistants "Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key" on Thursday, Feb. 21 and additional presentations and workshops for undergraduates students on Feb. 20-21.

Reservations are required to attend the luncheon keynote address, which can be made at , but no reservations or pre-registration are required for other conference sessions. For information about the sessions, visit OSET

For general information, contact Gary Smith or Sandra Bauman at (505) 277-2229.