Student success is dependent on many factors. As librarians we make assumptions about student awareness of the services and tools we offer.
Unpacking these assumptions led us towards research on metacognition-- being aware of how you learn. In 2014, we developed tips based on the talent themes from Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, an ongoing campus initiative. These tips gave context to the services and spaces in the Libraries and led us to build relationships with our academic advisers and other student services staff.
In 2015, we created a workshop, Learning How to Learn with Library Tools. The workshop introduced ideas on metacognition, the roots of procrastination and how to be aware of your working memory and its limits. We taught strategies such as the Pomodoro technique, and tools like the Assignment Calculator, citation managers, and the location of specific types of study spaces in the Libraries using active learning methods.
During this session, we will share how we are working to connect existing services and spaces to student success. We will incorporate elements of metacognition and model active learning techniques to help attendees explore and deepen their understanding of student learning and success factors. Attendees will discuss how their own work can be re-framed around aspects of metacognition, student learning and student success.
be able to define metacognition in order to apply it to library tools
be able to brainstorm ways to apply metacognition and student engagement to their own instruction programs, services and spaces in order increase student learning.
Riegelman, A.L.; Peterson, K..
ReThink: Connecting Libraries to Metacognition, Student Learning, and Student Success.
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