Lunch with a Mentor

Sharing Ways to Use Open Educational Resources in the College Classroom

Ann Wolf, New Mexico Highlands University

Many colleges are turning to Open Educational Resources as a way to cut costs for students. Come and hear about ways that a developmental integrated reading and writing course is using these materials for assignments. Have you been using OERs in your classes or would like to hear from others? We will have a chance to learn about the options that are available. Leave with some ideas to implement in your own classroom.

Research on Tutoring: The Year in Review

Hunter Boylan, National Center for Developmental Education

Learning assistance professionals rarely have the time to conduct extensive reviews of the research in their field. This mentoring session presents the results such a review for 2015-2016 with a focus on tutoring. An annotated bibliography of research findings on college tutoring outcomes and techniques, student characteristics, and miscellaneous findings. will be provided on the topics of tutoring The findings will then be analyzed and discussed by the mentor and participants.

Managing Tutors Toward Outcomes

Jon Mladic, Rasmussen College

Learning assistance professionals often have examples of students developing as professionals as a result of their experience tutoring (becoming more confident, for example). But in what ways do students grow by serving as a tutor? Can this development be measured or guided? This discussion will focus on professional competencies and easy assessments to help quantify elements of personal growth resulting from serving as a peer tutor. We will also discuss trainings and collaborations that can help encourage and direct this professional growth in peer tutors. Come ready to share stories of peer tutors who grew professionally, examples of tutor trainings that fostered professional growth, effective collaborations, and/or experiences with measuring these characteristics in peer tutors

Understanding and Teaching Self-Regulatory Behaviors

Laurie Hazard, Bryant University

Come prepared to share your tried-and-true strategies for teaching time management, behavior management, combating procrastination, and goal-setting. Engage in a discussion designed to analyze which strategies have proved effective and explore why some pedagogical techniques may just not work as well. Come to a deeper understanding of the complexities associated with supporting students to develop habits, attitudes, and behaviors that will support them to recognize their potentials. Leave with some new ideas to implement immediately in the classroom, in workshops, or during one-on-one appointments with students.

Bloom Where You Are Planted: Growing through Life’s Transitions

Lori Saxby, University of Southern Indiana

Throughout our journey in life we are confronted with many transitions such as the loss of a job, a new boss, a health concern, a new home, and difficult professional or personal relationships. Those we teach, supervise, advise, and mentor are also going through transitions and whether we are aware of it or not, they are observing how we handle and grow through these difficult and confusing times. After an introduction of what researchers say about this topic, let’s brainstorm possible transition scenarios and discuss proactive steps that can be taken that encourage a mindset of growth and success. Our ability to grow (and not just go) through challenging transitions may serve as a model and source of encouragement to others.

The latest Tutoring Online Systems

Lucy MacDonald, Chemeketa Community College

This discussion will include 3 new FREE tutoring online resources. Come prepared to share what you are currently using for tutoring online and find out what others are doing. Handouts will include links to these online services for you to explore.

How to Turn Student-Athletes into Champions in the Classroom

Penny Turrentine, Pima Community College

Student-athletes are often labelled, “dumb jocks” by the public, faculty, and even apply the label to themselves. The fact is that they have the potential to be highly successful in the classroom by employing the skills they have learned in their sport. Our session will address the college student-athlete experience, the components that make up a first-rate support program for student-athletes, and provide strategies and tools for helping student-athletes achieve their academic potential. Come prepared to share the successes and challenges you ae experiencing providing support for your student-athletes.

Tutor Training: How do you know it is working? (Standards, outcomes, assessment and evaluation for tutor training)

Roberta Schotka, Wellesley College

We spend a lot of time and energy training our tutors, but how do we know if they are actually learning what we are teaching? Regular and systematic evaluations (self, peer, and supervisor) are a start. Come share your “best practices” for tutor evaluations and participate in a lively discussion about embedding learning outcomes and assessment into our training programs. We will talk about specific outcomes for the training topics for ITTPC levels 1, 2 and 3, and how to assess what our tutors are learning in concrete and specific ways.

Wellness Practices

Rosemarie Woodruff, University of Hawaii

I am a healing practitioner whose purpose in life is to serve. To serve means to help others become healthier and happier. Like our tutors and students, we do our best work when we are healthy and happy. I will share some basic, relatively simple practices for self-healing and rejuvenation that can have a positive impact on your health and well-being. If you have a chronic condition, this session could be a transformative experience for you.

Partnering with Faculty to Publish in Discipline Specific Journals

Saundra McGuire, Director Emerita, Center for Academic Excellence, Louisiana State University

Director Emerita, Center for Academic Excellence, Louisiana State University

Faculty engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) can be brought into the learning center community if we teach them effective learning strategies that can be incorporated into their classes. The data demonstrating the improvement of students implementing these strategies can be analyzed and published in discipline specific journals. Our lunch discussion will focus on identifying faculty with whom to partner and ways to implement a class intervention that can result in publishable data. Learning center professionals who have partnered with faculty are especially urged to attend.

The IMPACT of Tutoring on Student Success

Tina Kondopoulos, Northeastern University

Using IMPACT as an acronym we will discuss and assess the types of impact tutoring centers have on student success. Come prepared to engage in an exchange of ideas related to high impact practices of successful tutoring centers. Gain a deeper understanding of how to reframe tutoring as an extension of the classroom experience, enhance students learning process, advocate for student success, and promote forward thinking.