Build-A-Better…Web Series


Make this summer a period of perfecting your craft!

Build-A-Better… is an engaging series of free webcasts and economical webinars for educators. These high-quality productions blend relevant research with visual imagery and authentic stories to reveal the joys of teaching and the pleasures of learning.

Whether you desire to build better students, build a better class, build a better program or build a better institution, the Build-A-Better…series has effective solutions for you.

Whatever you’re building, let’s build together!

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Free Webcasts

The Six Transition Traps that Secretly Ensnare Students

Watch out, students! Six treacherous transition traps await new college students. Each trap presents distinct challenges. If students get caught by any of them, they will quickly fall behind and struggle to catch up. Helping students avoid becoming ensnared should be a priority for all educators and institutions. This free web presentation describes these traps, shares their origins, and provides ways to rescue trapped students before they become retention casualties.

Teach Me How to Study: 3 Practices Students Must Activate for Effective Thinking and Learning

Effective studying is critical to student success, particularly in the college brand of learning. We define studying as the work students do to enhance previously presented information. Unlike the other five core tasks of the Academic Product Production Process (AP3), studying is the phase of learning where students must use an expanded set of mental skills and processes to manipulate information and ideas. This free web presentation shares 3 critical practices students must adopt if they are to think well, learn well and perform well.

Time Management for Learning and for Life: Long-Term Solutions to Winning the Time Management Struggle

Educators continue to identify time management and motivation as the two most pervasive challenges for students. This free web presentation provides a fresh look at the time management challenge. Participants will explore the intersection between time and information and discover a key unexpected reason behind students’ time management woes. Participants will learn to use a crafty tool to improve students’ time management skills for immediate academic success as well as long-term broad success.

The Super Six: The Six Research Lenses That Power Teaching and Learning

Warning! This free web presentation is for those who think deeply about the teaching and learning experience. It’s for those who believe in the transformational power of education and desire to see it demonstrated more broadly, consistently and tangibly. In this event, participants will explore six interconnected research constructs that we believe are at the core of the teaching and learning experience. Participants will also be introduced to the Measures of Effective Thinking and Learning (METL), a forthcoming assessment tool that seeks to provide hard evidence of the impact these constructs have on students.

The Superhero Effect: Why Metacognition Is Critical to Learning and Life

Metacognition has become a hot topic in higher education circles. It’s discussed so frequently and fervently that you’d think it was capable of transforming students into academic superheroes. A mountain of studies link metacognition to an ever-growing list of learning and performance indicators. In fact, some researchers have concluded that students with better metacognitive skills will outperform their peers who lack those skills. This free web presentation shares why metacognition is not only valuable as an academic skill, but why it is increasingly becoming a coveted economic skill.

Discoveries from the Trenches: Up Close and Personal Metacognitive Data Insights

Outside-the-classroom educators, such as tutors, learning strategists, supplemental instructors, academic coaches and others, have rare opportunities to witness students interacting with content. For nearly ten years, we’ve been working with institutions to extract data from these valuable experiences. This free webinar shares some of the powerful discoveries that have improved student performance, elevated learning centers and helped solve long-standing institutional problems.

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