2016 Events

The Quad-POD Consortium is pleased to welcome Todd Zakrajsek, co-author of The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain. 

All faculty from Baker College of Flint, Mott Community College, Kettering University, and UM-Flint are invited to dinner and presentation on Thursday, February 4, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.  This event will be hosted by Mott Community College and will take place in the Mott Event Center, adjacent to the Mott Library. The featured presentation is entitled Motivating and Engaging Students: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning.

Separate workshops for student participants will be held at each institution. Please see the schedule tab for more information.



The entrance to the Mott Event Center is on the east side of the Mott Library (corner of Court Street and Gorman).  Free parking is available near the library. If the lot is full, paid parking ($1) is available south of the library.

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2016 Schedule

Dinner and presentation:


motivating and engaging students: strategies for teaching from the psychology of learning

Abundant research demonstrates that learning takes place when the student's mind actively engages in the material. The major problem is determining how to increase that activity. Within the discipline of human memory, learning, and cognition exists a vast body of literature dealing specifically with this issue. Participants will leave this talk with an understanding of the basic concepts in human learning, how to present information so that students most effectively encode it into long-term memory, and how to help students know when they know

Thursday, February 4, 2016
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Mott Event Center, Mott Community College, 1401 E. Court Street, Flint
Registration will begin at 5:00 pm; dinner buffet available at 5:30 pm. Presentation will commence at 6:00 pm.


The New Science of Learning: Study Less and Learn More
Where did you learn how to learn and how to study?  It is an odd question, as you have been doing it for a very long time, and since you’re in college, you’re clearly pretty good at it.  That said, what if the strategies you use to study are not the most effective ways to learn?  This session is not about spending more time studying, but rather how to study and learn better.  The overall goal of this session is for you to better understand how your brain works when processing information and specific strategies you can employ to become a more effective learner.  
Thursday, February 4, 2016:
Kettering University, 12:30-1:30 pm,Academic Building Room 1-817
Baker College of Flint, 2:30-4:00 pm, location TBD
Friday, February 5, 2016:
Mott Community College, Friday, February 5, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Mott Event Center

Note: UM-Flint students are invited to attend the presentation at Mott. Transportation will be provided.


What research tells us about how learning works: research and applications for the classroom and beyond

There is a proliferation of misinformation pertaining to how students learn and how best to teach.The good news is that research provides clear evidence pertaining to what works best in the classroom with respect to human motivation and learning. This session is designed to provide evidence about how students learn, demonstrate methods to get students more involved in the content, and describe relevant applications from pedagogical research that can be used in just about any class. 

Friday, February 5, 8:00 - 10:00 am, Mott Event Center, Mott Community College
Invitation only

About Quad-POD

Quad-POD (Professional Organizational Developers) is a consortium of leaders from the four institutions of higher education in Genesee County and includes Baker College of Flint, Kettering University, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Quad-POD recognizes that quality teaching practices benefit students directly and that faculty need to be engaged in continuous professional development as teachers. Faculty are encouraged to become more reflective about their teaching practices, familiar with the literature regarding effective teaching and learning practices, and incorporate new methods and technologies into their teaching. We encourage faculty to learn and share successful practices to improve learning outcomes and increase cooperation among institutions. 


Past Events

The Quad-POD Consortium was pleased to host the following:

2015 The College Fear Factor featuring Rebecca Cox, PhD, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

2014 Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of the College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning featuring Jose Bowen, PhD, Dean, Meadows School for the Arts, Southern Methodist University

2012 What Do the Best College Teachers Do? featuring Ken Bain, PhD, Provost, University of District of Columbia

2008 Helping Students Emerge as Critical Thinkers featuring Stephen Brookfield, PhD, Professor, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

2007 Engaging Students at Higher Cognitive Levels featuring Susie Whittington, PhD, Associate Professor, Ohio State University

2006 Classroom Teaching Strategies, Practices that Foster Deeper Learning featuring Barbara J. Millis, PhD, Director of the Excellence in Teaching Program, University of Nevada-Reno

2005 Team-based Learning featuring Larry Michaelson, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma