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2015 Teaching Effectiveness Conference

Topic: "Effective Teaching: Engaging a Variety of Learners"
Speaker: Dr. Michele DiPietro, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
and Associate Professor, Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences at Kennesaw State University
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Location: Thatcher Hall, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY

Today's college classroom has students with varying backgrounds, demographics, motivations, levels of preparedness and other differences. How does a teacher engage this range of learners effectively? In a full-day workshop, Dr. Michele DiPietro will share insights on how to enage the great range of students through an understanding of seven Principles of Learning, as described in his book How Learning Works. His highly interactive workshop will use a combination of lecture segments combined with several activities from the learning sciences, replicating key psychology experiments and findings. These activities can include short memorization exercises, reacting to case studies and poems, logic problems, a critical thinking game, a brief dyadic skill-teaching segment, and general discussion.

Networking Lunch! Meet colleagues in your discipline from the other universities while enjoying a delicious meal, included in your registration.


(The first 25 individuals to register from each campus will have the registration fee covered by the office of the Chief Academic Officer at their host institution. Additional registrants will need to cover $25 regsistration fee through alternative funding sources). Deadline for registration is October 12th.

Dr. DiPietro's book "How Learning Works" - the content of which is central to his workshops - can be read online here, or can be ordered in hardcopy through your campus/local bookstore or online. You are encouraged to read this book in advance of the conference.


2016 Academic Counselors Conference

Every year, we invite a group of counselors to visit our campuses for two days, spending time with our students, faculty, admission staff and with each other. Through these visits, counselors gain a clear idea of the very distinct personality of each member college and see how our consortium serves each college community and forms a larger shared community. This collaboration is designed to enhance educational experiences while retaining the best of the member’s individual traditions.

Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, April 19-20, 2016
Location: Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University

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Past Conferences

2014 Teaching Effectiveness Conference-This conference is now closed.

SUNY Canton Faculty, please be advised: The provost's office at SUNY Canton can only cover the registration costs for 25 registrants this year and that limit has been reached. There is still room at the conference for additional participants, but new registrants from SUNY Canton will need to cover the $40 registration fee from other sources, such as departmental or individuals funds. The non-refundable registration fee of $40 will be billed to you and is payable before the conference. If you still wish to attend, please contact the Associated Colleges office at 267-3331 or send an email to the following email

Topic: Epic Teaching: Understanding, Engaging and Motivating the Current Generation of Students
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Location: Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

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2014 Book Publishing Workshop-This workshop is now closed.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May, 22, 23 & 24, 2014

Conference will be held at Clarkson University:
Bertrand H. Snell Hall,
Potsdam, NY 13699

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