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Tri-Institutional Faculty Forum

Sharing Auraria Campus and a passion for excellent teaching

2020 Post-Event Note:

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2020 Tri-Institutional Faculty Forum. We appreciate your attention, energy, questions and passion.


The TIFF Team

 Here are the slides, shared with permission, from each of the speakers:

Saundra McGuire: McGuire- Teach Students How to Learn.pdf

Joan Bihun: Bihun - Belonging and Self-Efficacy.pdf

Sally Baalbaki: Baalbaki - Collaboration and Experiential Learning.pptx

Jesse Brannan: Brennan - Metacognition and Technology.pptx



In March 2018, the first ever Tri-Institutional Faculty Forum (TIFF) brought together faculty from the three Auraria institutions. They heard from noted national speakers and discussed principles of effective teaching and learning.

On February 28th, 2020 the third annual Tri-Institutional Faculty Forum will convene in the Tivoli Turnhalle. We will continue with the 2019 event format. Our keynote will be given by Saundra McGuire, Emerita Professor of Chemical Education at LSU and a nationally recognized expert in metacognition and we will again have presentations by a “local expert” from each institution, and Q&A sessions with both the presenters and a student panel.

Keynote and Experts

Keynote:  Saundra McGuire, Ph.D. About her own area of interest, Dr. McGuire says

My interest has been in improving student learning by teaching students metacognitive learning strategies. I work actively with university faculty and students to increase their understanding of the application of cognitive science and learning theory to increasing student academic performance. My current interests include improving learning strategies used by university students, reform of pre-college and college teaching methods, and increasing the number of underrepresented minority and women students who are interested in and prepared to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

CCD’s local expert is Jesse Brannen, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems is the current Co-Chair of Information Technology at the Community College of Denver. He has taught there since 2016 focusing on courses in Hardware, Software, Networking, Database, Security, and Health Information Systems. His teaching philosophy focuses on helping students believe that they can be successful in STEM fields, no matter their background.
“Metacognition and Technology: Tools for Equity in the Classroom”
Every student is at a different level of self-awareness when it comes to their educational subjects. How can we, as educators, meet them where they are? By understanding technology and metacognition as joint tools for reaching students, it is possible to help them succeed, even in subjects where they’ve only experienced failure!

MSU Denver’s local expert is Sally Baalbaki-Yassine, Associate Professor, Marketing received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of North Texas. Her teaching focuses on a learner-centered approach where students are active participants in their learning journey. She incorporates fun collaborative activities that allow students to understand and comprehend the material in a lasting manner. This approach works across the board in her teaching of courses in brand management, multicultural marketing, social media marketing, and social selling.
“Enriching students’ education journey through collaboration and experiential learning”
This session will cover a learner-centered approach to teaching that focuses on collaboration and group work. Experiential components of learning will be introduced including face to face and online activities and client-based projects.

CU Denver’s local expert is Joan Bihun, Associate Professor, Psychology focuses on developmental psychology. Her interests are varied within the age range of infancy through late adulthood (from infant development, to ACE scores, to relationships, dementia, etc.). Her most recent research is related to best practices in teaching and learning in college students, such as cognitive-self regulation, assessing metacognition, sense of identity and belonging in one's major, academic mindset, and the value-add of free and prompted writing in the classroom.
"Enhancing students' sense of belonging and self-efficacy in your classroom"
This sessopm will introduce activities, worksheets and writing prompts teachers could use to learn more about their students, make class content more relevant, and communicate their confidence in their students' ability to learn.

Q&A sessions with all four presenters and then with a panel of students will cap off the day.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Here is the direct link for Registration, or you can go to the CTLD Events Calendar and look on Feb. 28th.

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