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Opening Keynote Speaker

Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D.
Founding Director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation
Clemson University





Questions that Self-Regulated
Learners Ask Themselves


Self-Regulated Learning:
Way Beyond Study Skills

Time, Date, and Location: 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Thursday, March 17, BCH 125

Why can’t most students retain what they read, hear, and even do, even though they think they know and understand the material? Why don’t they learn from their mistakes, and why do they believe that motivating them is someone else’s job? Because they haven’t learned to be self-regulated learners. No one has told students that that they should plan, monitor, control, and evaluate their learning, and they don’t know that doing so can make a huge improvement in their grades, their depth of thinking, and their motivation to learn. It is time we tell them. Many studies have found that faculty can improve their students’ exam performance, written and designed products, and problem-solving skills by incorporating into their courses just a few of the many self-regulated learning activities and assignments. Students don’t mind them, and they don’t add to the faculty’s grading burden. This keynote will acquaint you with the practice of self-regulated learning, its relationship to metacognition, its benefits to students, and ways to engage students in doing it.

Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D., is founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, soon to be in its fourth edition, The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course, Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills, and Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time. Her next book, Online Teaching at Its Best, with co-author Ludwika A. Goodson, is in process for Jossey-Bass.

In addition, Dr. Nilson co-edited Enhancing Learning with Laptops in the Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2005) and Volumes 25 through 28 of To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, which is the major publication of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education.

Dr. Nilson’s career as a full-time faculty development director spans over 25 years. In this time, she has published many articles and book chapters and has given well over 400 keynotes, webinars, and live workshops at conferences, colleges, and universities both nationally and internationally on dozens of topics related to college teaching and scholarly productivity. She has also taught graduate seminars on college teaching.

Before coming to Clemson University, she directed teaching centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, Riverside and was a sociology professor at UCLA, where she entered the area of educational development. After distinguishing herself as an excellent instructor, her department selected her to establish and supervise its Teaching Assistant Training Program. In sociology, her research focused on occupations and work, social stratification, political sociology, and disaster behavior.

Dr. Nilson has held leadership positions in the POD Network, Toastmasters International, Mensa, and the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium. She was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in sociology. She completed her undergraduate work in three years at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Friday's Plenary Speaker

Anthony R. Petroy, D.M.
Assistant Vice Chancellor
for Global Learning
Missouri S&T



Organizing Chaos for
Learning Environments

Time, Date, and Location: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 18, BCH 125

Were educators to call upon the Babylonian gods and have Marduk slay the evil of Tiamat and bring order to our chaos? Learning environments have experienced exponential growth with the advancement of educational technology. In some instances classrooms have become so enhanced that both students and faculty become challenged to make sense out  of what may seem to be chaos. How has the learning environment transitioned from a chalkboard, pencils and paper to the iPad or mobile device? Let’s explore this evolution and find ways to organize the great expanse of the new learning environments.

Dr. Anthony R. Petroy has been instructing traditional, blended, distance and online education since 1992 and has been the primary lead in launching four different University online programs and platforms. Dr. Petroy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Management from Troy State University, and a Doctorate degree in Management (D.M.) with specialization in Organizational Leadership from The University of Phoenix.

Dr. Petroy has trademarked a motivational lecture series titled Inspiration Through Knowledge". He has spoken to groups both domestically and internationally about motivation, knowledge creation, and inspiration. His current research interest is in Positive Psychology in leadership roles. Additionally, Dr. Petroy has over twenty years of corporate experience in international and globalized markets. He has held executive positions of Controller, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of International Operations. Dr. Petroy joined Missouri S&T as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Learning in July of 2015. 

He is a United States Air Force veteran and served during the Gulf War.