AURCO 2017 Conference - BGSU Firelands

23rd Annual Conference

Friday Night Reception & Ignite Talks (April 7): 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday Conference (April 8): 7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
AURCO Business Meeting (April 8): 2:30 - 4:00 PM
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The AURCO conference provides faculty, students and administrators with the opportunity to share scholarly research, exchange pedagogical strategies, and network with colleagues from Ohio’s 24 regional colleges. The conference features faculty research talks, keynote presentation and workshops, and a student poster session.


Conference: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Reception: Friday Evening, April 7, 2017


BGSU Firelands
One University Drive
Huron, OH. 44839

2017 Conference Chairs

General Chair: Rachelle Kristof Hippler
Program Chair: Elsy Thomas
Keynote Chair: Tim Jurkovac
Registration Chair: Stephanie Walls
Hospitality Chair: Alyson Wilson
Student Competitions Chair: Chris Fluckinger
Publicity Chair: Karen Black
Facilities Co-Chairs:
Tracy McGinley &
Julie Hamann

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal ~ The Science of Learning

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Dr. Pooja Agarwal photo Small Learning book photo Make It Stick book photo Cognitive Scientist, Teacher, and Education Consultant

Keynote: Make it Stick: Harnessing the Science of Learning and Transforming Teaching
There is a lot to learn in the world. Students can’t learn everything, and educators can’t teach everything. Especially not over, and over, and over again each time students forget. What can we do to improve learning and reduce forgetting? How can we use our limited amount of classroom time and make learning stick? Based on a wealth of research, cognitive scientists have established robust techniques that dramatically improve student learning. In particular, when classroom activities are challenging for students, long-term learning substantially increases. Through the application of powerful evidence-based strategies, we can harness the science of learning, transform teaching, and advance learning in our classrooms.

Workshop I: Key Discoveries from Cognitive Science That Challenge Our Perceptions of Learning
Go behind the scenes and learn about key discoveries from cognitive science research. Based on more than 100 years of investigation, cognitive scientists have established powerful strategies that substantially improve learning for diverse age groups, subject areas, and education rigor. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about landmark studies in the science of learning, as well as research findings that challenge our perceptions of student learning.

Workshop II: Unleash the Science of Learning: Powerful Teaching Strategies for the Classroom
How can we apply the science of learning in our teaching? Evidence-based classroom activities that improve student learning, including retrieval practice, distributed practice, and metacognition, are powerful and easy to implement. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine their current teaching approaches and incorporate these evidence-based recommendations in short-term and long-term course planning.

More about Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D.: Dr. Agarwal is committed to bridging the gaps between research, teaching, and policy. Passionate about evidence-based education, Pooja has conducted learning and memory research in a variety of classroom settings for more than 10 years. In addition to her career as a scientist, Pooja has extensive K-12 teaching experience and currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. To advance the use of scientifically-based learning strategies, she contributes her expertise through collaborations with students, educators, scientists, and policymakers worldwide. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Education Week, and Scientific American, in addition to books and podcasts. For more information, visit

Friday Night Reception

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Join us at Sawmill Creek Lodge & Resort the night before the AURCO Conference

Unwind, visit with colleagues, and inspire us with your 5-minute IGNITE talk!
Food, beverages, and 5-minute faculty IGNITE presentations start at 7 pm.

Friday, April 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sawmill Creek Resort Website (click here)
5-minute drive to BGSU Firelands
400 Sawmill Creek Drive, Huron, OH 44839