Large Lecture HIT Seminar

Teach smarter, not harder

If you have ever thought, “How can I help students understand this material?”, this High-impact Teaching (HIT) seminar is for you. Working with ATL, the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC), and your colleagues, you will learn how to equip your students with the skills they need to teach themselves how to learn.

We will use research-supported approaches and strategies from award-winning faculty member and student success scholar Dr. Sandra McGuire and her book Teach Students How to Learn. This book emphasizes practical techniques to help students become active and efficient learners. These techniques do not significantly add to faculty workload and guide students toward more effective use of their study time, a win-win!

Program Outcomes

In this program, instructors will:

  • Identify their strengths and areas of growth in teaching large lecture courses.
  • Use the study cycle to enhance students’ ability to learn course material.
  • Develop strategies to encourage a growth-oriented approach to their course among their students.


Session OneSession TwoSession ThreeSession FourSession FiveSession SixSession Seven
9/18, 2-3:30pm, Tyler 22510/2, 2-3:30pm, Tyler 22510/16, 2-3:30pm, Tyler 22510/30, 2-3:30pm, Tyler 22511/13, 2-3:30pm, Tyler 225 - Asynchronous work to accommodate Veteran's Day11/27, 2-3:30pm, Tyler 22512/11, 2-3:30pm, Tyler 225
Building from your strengths in the classroom.Discussion of growth mindset and the impacts of disciplinary socialization on teaching. (Chapters 1, 2, and 12)Overview of Metacognition and how to teach Bloom's taxonomy (Chapters 3-4)Discussion of the study cycle and how to use it as a tool for teaching metacognitive skills. (Chapters 4-5 and 11)Implementing transparency. (Chapter 5)Implementing strategies to help students develop a growth mindset (Chapters 6-9)Finishing touches


  • Activities designed to help students teach themselves how to learn.
  • Reflection that could become part of your teaching statement for tenure/promotion.
  • Participation in a process of peer observation designed to help all participants learn and grow with one another


Participants will receive a free copy of: Saundra Yancy McGuire. (2015). Teach students how to learn : strategies you can incorporate into any course to improve student metacognition, study skills, and motivation . Stylus Publishing, LLC.

To apply

Fill out the application form. There is space for up to 24 participants. Deadline to apply: September 8.


Participants who attend 6 of the 7 sessions and complete all the stated deliverables will be eligible to earn $500 in professional development that can be used to purchase technology, software, or support faculty professional development. Graduate students are not eligible to receive this award. All applications must be submitted by Friday, September 1st at 5pm, and are subject to review and confirmation (via email) for eligibility. 


Those who complete the program will also earn a digital badge which is a handy way to claim credit for the work you do that might otherwise be invisible.


For questions about this opportunity, the deliverables, or other part of this professional development experience, please contact Dr. Todd Dresser, Associate Director for Faculty Development in the ATL, at