Making learning more visible, manageable & effective
History of Discoveries
Began observing students studying, conducting document analyses, conversation comparisons and in-depth interviews at Lenoir-Rhyne University, a liberal arts North Carolina college; purchased students’ “throw-away” notes and bought their used books at the end of the year to analyze their textbook annotations and compare them with their notes.
Collaborated with dozens of colleagues who work in the trenches at a diverse portfolio of institutions. These colleagues have had similar results: sharp increases in student performance, measurable improvements in retention, and an overall more vibrant academic climate.
A team of student peer-tutors and I investigated how students carried out their study activities. The findings transformed the tutoring process and elevated the learning center. Students routinely made 40- and 50-point jumps in courses with the highest DFW rates at the institution.
Left Lenoir-Rhyne University in part because we’d taken the work as far as it could go at that institution, and in part because I wanted to see if the impact we’d made was transferable to other institutions.
Received the Brenda Pfaehler grant award from the National College Learning Center in 2012, affording a group of students and me the opportunity to present on the work we’d been doing at the national conference in 2013.