Symposium of Learning Frameworks Course Leaders in Texas Community Colleges

Funded through a grant from the Greater Texas Foundation and in coordination with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Date:  Friday, July 15

Time:  9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: The Zoom link will be sent after registering for the Symposium

Cost:  Free

Event description: The purpose of this symposium is to bring together learning frameworks course coordinators and lead faculty to discuss curricula, pedagogies, and policies for learning frameworks courses across Texas community colleges. Through this Symposium, participants will gain networking opportunities and both scholarly and practical knowledge related to learning frameworks courses.   

Symposium facilitators: Drs. Taylor Acee, Russ Hodges, and Eric Paulson.

Keynote speaker: Dr. De Sellers

Keynot address: From Study Skills to Learning Frameworks and Beyond

Biography: Dr. De Sellers created one of the earliest learning framework courses for American college students that was based in cognitive theory while working at Texas State University (then known as Southwest Texas State University). The course began being offered in 1973 and incorporated emerging theory and research-based practices from various academic disciplines available at the time. While serving as Dean of General Studies and the Director of the Learning Assistance Center—among other administrative duties—she taught the course for 25 years. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on adult learners, as well as a Master's in Pastoral Ministry from the Seminary of the Southwest. Since retiring from academia, she is the president of Cerridwen, Inc., an educational consulting and counseling firm. She is a licensed professional counselor with a special focus in pastoral counseling.

Time (CST) Title Presenter
9:00 - 9:30am Welcome and Overview of the Symposium Dr. Taylor Acee, Texas State University
9:30 - 10:00am History and Definitions of Learning Frameworks Courses Dr. Russ Hodges, Texas State University
10:00 - 10:30am Overview of the Greater Texas Foundation Grant on Learning Frameworks Courses Dr. Taylor Acee, Texas State University
10:30 - 11:00am Learning Frameworks: Enhancing Student Success

Dr. Suzanne Morales-Vale and Keylan Morgan, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

11:00am - 12:00pm Keynote address: From Study Skills to Learning Frameworks and Beyond Dr. De Sellers, President of Cerridwen, Inc.
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch Break  

1:00 -2:00pm


Breakout Sessions (Participants Choose)

*Student Learning Outcomes for Learning Frameworks Course

*Differences between Study Skills and Learning Strategies

*Underpinning Learning Strategies Instruction with Theory



Dr. Eric Paulson, Texas State University

Dr. Russ Hodges, Texas State University

Dr. Taylor Acee, Texas State University

2:00 – 2:30pm Reports from Breakout Sessions Jonathan Lollar, Giovanna Lorenzi Pinto, and Lori Wischnewsky, Doctoral Students at Texas State University
2:30 – 3:00pm Wrap up, Next Symposium, and Future Directions

Dr. Taylor Acee, Texas State University