Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching

Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching is a faculty-led, continuous professional development model strengthening evidence-based teaching. The initiative integrates four components: emerging knowledge of how people learn, opportunities to test and apply knowledge, ongoing peer advisement and coaching support by a faculty development specialist.

SEPCHE is privileged to work with Dr. Chris Jernstedt, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Founder of the Center for Learning Outcomes at Dartmouth College. Dr. Jernstedt’s research expertise focuses on all aspects of human learning and the factors that impact learning. His research interests span the learning sciences, quantitative measurement, instructional design theory and evaluation research. Dr. Jernstedt’s work has been covered in The New York Times, Discovery Channel Canada. He continues to consult widely with corporate, health care, nonprofit and higher education organizations.

In Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching faculty engage in the following activities:

  • Learn about the science of “how people learn”
  • Develop a research question about an aspect of their teaching and/or faculty work and employ metacognitive techniques to gather data about the question
  • As data is gathered, engage with colleagues in professional development and coaching support with Dr. Jernstedt
  • Share progress online and in person with colleagues

SEPCHE is deeply grateful to The Teagle Foundation for enabling this work. See SEPCHE’s Planning Grant Report to The Teagle Foundation for a summary of the pilot phase of this initiative.


Methods in Metacognition: Teaching and Learning by Example
April 19, 2013: 12:30 – 2:30 pm 
The Mansion at Cabrini College 

Cabrini College Professors Melissa Terlecki and Stephanie Povlosky along with Chestnut Hill College’s Director of Learning Services Leslie Myers shared with SEPCHE faculty what others are currently doing in the classroom to encourage metacognitive skill building; why metacognitive approaches help students learn better; new approaches to enhance higher-order thinking in students across disciplines; and upcoming  opportunities to learn more about applying metacognitive approaches to teaching and faculty work.

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Advancing Faculty Metacognition through iPad Applications

March 4, 2013
Immaculata University

Sister Kathleen Doutt, IHM, D.M.A., and Elizabeth Faunce, Ph.D., organized this second Metacognition Summit at Immaculata University.   The conference, attended by Immaculata faculty and senior Education majors, opened with a welcome by Sister Ann Heath, IHM, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs.    Following “Neuroscience and Learning in the Higher Education Classroom,” a  presentation by Leslie Myers of Chestnut Hill College (see photo below),  Jon Landis, national Apple representative, offered insights and implications for the future of  iPad technology in education.   As a follow-up to the Summit, Immaculata faculty participating in an iPad pilot program have been asked to select one course from their Spring 2013 roster.    They will keep a weekly log of time spent developing metacognitive activities for the course  and incorporating metacognitive activities during class time.

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Chestnut Hill Faculty Convener Leslie Myers presenting at a workshop organized by Immaculata Faculty Conveners Sister Kathleen Doutt and Elizabeth Faunce at Immaculata University on March 4, 2013.


Methods in Metacognition: Teaching and Learning by Example
February 7, 2013
Neumann University

On Thursday, February 7, faculty at Neumann University gathered to learn more about the science of learning, the implications for teaching and learning and to engage in activities that help faculty engage firsthand in metacognitive approaches to teaching and learning.


Implementation Kickoff
January 25, 2013:  12:30 – 2:30 pm
Rosemont College, McShain Auditorium

On Friday, January 25, 2013  faculty and chief academic officers from Rosemont College, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Immaculata University, Holy Family University and Neumann University gathered to initiate a two year implementation phase.

Important Dates:

  • 2.8.13: Proposal Deadline
  • 2.22.13: Notification of awards
  • 3.8.13: Faculty Investigation Review, Assessment Techniques with Dr. Jernstedt (12:30-3:30 pm, Chestnut Hill College, Redmond Room)
  • 4.5.13: Faculty Progress Updates, Science of Learning I with Dr. Jernstedt (12:30-3:30 pm, Chestnut Hill College, East Parlour Room)
  • 4.26.13: Faculty Progress Updates, Science of Learning II with Dr. Jernstedt (12:30 – 3:30 pm, Chestnut Hill College, East Parlour Room)
  • 5.8.13: SEPCHE Faculty Development with Dr. Jernstedt: 9am – 3 pm, Location TBA
  • 5.24.13: Final Report and Drawdown Submission Deadline

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Methods in Metacognition: Teaching Pedagogy and Learning by Example
October 5, 2012: 9 am – noon (8:30 am Registration)
Cabrini College, Mansion Dining Room

On Friday, October 5, 2012, faculty conveners from Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Arcadia University and Holy Family University will host an interactive session with faculty and staff providing foundational knowledge of the science of learning, a toolkit of metacognitive teaching strategies to try in the classroom and an overview of the next opportunity to get involved. Click on the workshop document links below for more details.

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