• Christine Altinis-Kiraz, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Martha Haviland, Professor of Teaching, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Instruction, Division of Life Sciences
  • Charles Ruggieri, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University
  • Natalya Voloshchuk, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology


A common belief among higher education instructors is that students should already know how to learn and how to succeed in their university courses. However, students have rarely had explicit instruction on effective methods for self-directed learning, and the definition of and pathways to success vary greatly across courses. In this workshop, we share easily implemented teaching tools from our experiences within the 2018-19 cohort of the ACUE course in Effective Teaching Practices which we found helpful in guiding our students toward becoming self-directed learners and to persist in their studies. Attendees from any field and any teaching role will learn to: (1) clearly communicate course and assignment expectations using checklists and (2) improve students’ abilities to assess their own learning strategies using exam wrappers, homework wrappers, and the Critical Incidence Questionnaire (CIQ). We will address common challenges and misconceptions associated with these techniques, and provide tips for successful implementation within a variety of course contexts.



Friday, March 6, 2020 10:20 am – 11:40 am, SRN 330W