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FaCE Conference 2015

Sashank Varma presenting

Sashank Varma presenting on "Using Cognitive Science Research to Inform Pedagogy" at the fall 2015 FaCE conference.

Cognitive Science: What Is It and What Can It Offer Liberal Education?

Each academic year, the FaCE Program emphasizes a theme designed to prompt ideas for projects that fit within the broad parameters of the program. This conference brought together faculty and staff from ACM colleges to explore the program's 2015-16 emphasis on cognitive science and consider potential projects ideas related to that theme.

Conference participants were designated by the academic deans at their colleges. Except for Friday evening, all sessions were held at the ACM office.

Overall goals of the conference for participants:

•    Learn about initiatives at ACM colleges;
•    Discuss strategies and challenges for getting started;
•    Discuss creation of climates for success; and
•    Brainstorm ideas for FaCE funding proposals.

"Cognitive scientific principles do not prescribe how to teach, but they can help you predict how much your students are likely to learn."

Daniel Willingham

Why Don't Students Like School?

Conference Agenda


Silversmith Hotel, 2nd Floor, 10 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago

4:00 – 5:00 pm - Registration

5:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Welcome and Introduction by Christopher Welna, President, ACM
  • David Uttal

    David Uttal

    Keynote Address - What is Cognitive Science and What Can It Offer Liberal Education?
    Presented by David Uttal, Professor of Psychology and of Education, Northwestern University
    View the slides from the presentation

6:00 – 8:00 pm - Reception and Dinner


8:00 – 8:45 am - Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 am - Introduction to the Conference by Brian Williams, Vice President and Director, Faculty Development and Grant Programs, ACM

9:00 – 11:30 am - Break-out Tracks (participants choose one)

  • Developing a Cognitive Science Curriculum/Establishing a Formal Program on ACM Campuses - Facilitated by Kathleen Galotti, William H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science and Director of Cognitive Science, Carleton College
  • Using Cognitive Science Research to Inform Pedagogy - Facilitated by Professor Sashank Varma, College of Education and Human Development and Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

11:30 – 11:45 am - Break

11:45 – Noon - Introduction to Afternoon Sessions by Brian Williams

Noon – 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 pm - What Could ACM Faculty Do? Breakout groups to create and report back on straw pre-proposal centered on topics of apparent interest, facilitated by Brian Williams

•  Learning and Teaching Centers
•  Intersection of Technology and Cognitive Science
•  Implicit Bias and Automatic Processes
•  Learning Disabilities
•  Building a Cognitive Science Program Track
•  Cognitive Science and Its Role in Faculty Development
•  Lessons from Cognitive Science for different disciplines/divisions
•  Cognitive Science and First-Year Seminars

2:15 – 2:30 pm - Break

2:30 – 3:15 pm - Reporting Back on Pre-Proposal Ideas

3:15 – 4:00 pm - What Are the Big Ideas from the Day? Facilitated by Ed Finn, Liaison for Technology in Teaching and Learning, ACM

•  What was the most interesting/important thing learned today?
•  What are your plans for utilizing the information learned in your teaching?
•  At this point, what would be most helpful to assist you in acting on what you've learned?

5:30 pm - Dinner


9:00 – 9:45 am - Breakfast

9:45 – 11:00 am - What Resources Could Help You Try Something New? facilitated by Brian Williams

•  FaCE Pre-Proposal and Proposal Timeline
•  ACM Faculty Development Grants Application Portal
•  Requirements for FaCE Grant Eligibility
•  With Which Additional Individuals, Departments, and/or Other Institutions Might I Collaborate?
•  Logistics and Time for Small-Group Brainstorming

11:00 – 11:15 am - Wrap-Up

11:15 – Noon - Box lunches

Go to: List of conference participants