2017 Transformative Learning Conference

Downtown, Oklahoma City, OK · March 2-3, 2017
Hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma

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Keynote by Saundra Yancy McGuire

Dr. Saundra McGuire will be our 2017 Transformative Learning keynote speaker. She is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her book Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation (2015, Stylus) is considered a must read by higher education faculty.

Dr. McGuire will explain how transformation occurs within students in the classroom when they move from novice thinkers to expert thinkers through metacognition. She will offer tangible strategies to get students to become independent thinkers who can control, recognize, and monitor their own learning.

“I always say to students ‘It’s like you have a big brain outside of your
brain looking at what your brain is doing” (McGuire, 2015, p. 16)

Research conducted by Cook, Kennedy, and McGuire (2013) found that after acquiring a variety of these learning strategies almost 700 students in general chemistry courses were more successful then those without the learning strategies. These students were able to move from lower level thinking focused on memorization to higher level conceptual thinking.

In her WORKSHOP during the afternoon of March 2, McGuire will address the significant role students’ psychoacademic needs play in their motivation to learn. The workshop will focus on tangible ideas to address these needs in order to increase students’ motivation to learn.

Panel on Doing TL in the Classroom

Christian Cook Laurette B. Foster Kathryn Kloby
Dr. Christian Cook, Moderator
Mount Royal University, Canada
Dr. Laurette B. Foster, Panelist
Prairie View A&M Univ, TX
Dr. Kathryn Kloby, Panelist
Monmouth University, NJ
Amy Powell Denise Yost Jeff King
Amy Powell, Panelist
Indiana U-Purdue U, Indianapolis
Dr. Denise Yost, Panelist
Washington State Univ, WA
Dr. Jeff King, Panelist
Univ of Central Oklahoma, OK

Conference Threads

Measuring TL in the Classroom
TL Assignments in the Classroom
Training for TL in the Classroom
Basics of TL in the Extended Classroom/Co-Curricular
TL Technologies
Course Design for TL


In 2006, the University of Central Oklahoma added transformative learning to the University mission statement:

The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community.

The Transformative Learning Conference emerged seven years ago as a venue for UCO faculty to share their experiences, strategies, and challenges of incorporating transformative learning into their courses.  In 2015, the Conference moved off campus and became a national discussion on applied TL.  The following year, international scholars joined the Conference.  In the last several years, around 350 scholars have joined the discussion considering everything from conceptualizing and measuring TL to creating official student records of their transformative education.