The purpose of the Engaging & Empowering Learners Workshop is to provide educators with 1) learner-centered structures for helping students learn more deeply and 2) innovative strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible learners who can thrive in a learner-centered environment. Join us for four days of deep, experiential learning, and an opportunity to network with some of the most talented and innovative educators in higher education.
Graduate Course Option: Attendees who participate in the entire Engaging & Empowering Learners Workshop (On Course I) are eligible to enroll in a 3-credit online graduate course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and taught by instructors provided by On Course. For information about the graduate course, click
I told my Dean that if I took every workshop and conference I had ever attended and rolled them into one it would not equal what I learned and gained from your workshop. I have never been to a workshop where almost everything I learned I will use. I’m feeling competent and empowered to be a better educator, and I know my students will absolutely benefit from what I have learned here.— Jan Trollinger, Faculty, English, Paine College, GA
|4:30-6:00pm||SESSION 1: GETTING ON COURSE
Identifying the characteristics of successful students as well as the essential ingredients for maximizing human achievement in college and beyond…and identifying the seven domains of influence available to educators.
|7:00-9:00pm||SESSION 1: GETTING ON COURSE (Continued)
Strategies for getting students on course to success from their very first day.
|8:30-12:00pm||SESSION 2: GREATER PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Strategies for guiding students to take greater responsibility for their education and for the outcomes of their lives.
SESSION 3: INCREASED SELF-MOTIVATION
Strategies for guiding students to discover intrinsic motivation for academic achievement, thus promoting greater perseverance when they encounter inevitable challenges in college or elsewhere in their lives.
|1:30-5:00pm||SESSION 4: IMPROVED SELF-MANAGEMENT
Strategies for guiding students to make the most of their time, choosing purposeful and persistent actions necessary to stay on course to their goals.
SESSION 5: ENHANCED RELATIONSHIP SKILLS
Strategies for guiding students to develop the mutually supportive relationships necessary for achieving most of life’s important goals, including success in higher education.
|6:00-7:00pm||Dinner (provided). Open evening.|
|8:30-12:00pm||SESSION 6: HEIGHTENED SELF-AWARENESS
Strategies for guiding students to discover and revise limiting beliefs and self-defeating habits, empowering them to make the wise choices necessary to achieve success.
SESSION 7: EFFECTIVE LIFELONG LEARNING
Strategies for guiding students to use critical and creative thinking that lead not only to academic knowledge and skills but also to the wisdom required to create a rich, full life.
|1:30-5:00pm||SESSION 8: GREATER EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Strategies for guiding students to manage their strong feelings wisely: replacing emotional, self-defeating choices with mature, well-considered decisions.
SESSION 9: INCREASED SELF-BELIEF
Strategies for guiding students to develop greater self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-respect, and self-worth, thus greatly expanding the possibilities of what they can achieve in their lives.
|7:00-10:00pm||OPTIONAL SESSION: ANOTHER WAY OF KNOWING
This optional session is designed for participants who want the opportunity to improve their own lives, personally as well as professionally. Many participants report this session to be extraordinarily valuable in helping them discover their next steps for creating the rich, personally fulfilling life they want.
|8:30-12:00pm||SESSION 10: STAYING ON COURSE
In preparation for your return home, you will create a personal plan for implementing new educational strategies at your college, strategies designed to empower your students to achieve more of their potential…academic, personal, and professional.
|12:00-1:00pm||Celebration Lunch (provided)|
My first day back I plunged into using On Course materials and methods with my students, and they LOVED it!! And I LOVED it! The funny thing is, before the workshop I had been mainly concerned with lifting up my lowest students, but the stronger students were also totally engaged! It actually felt different in the room- totally alive! I am so excited to use these techniques. Thank you so much on behalf of myself and all of my present and future students!!!!!! — Stephanie Schwartz, Faculty, Humanities, El Camino College, CA
It is no exaggeration to say this On Course I Workshop experience was transformative–both professionally and personally. This workshop will long remain a high point of my life. Thanks again…. I am feeling energized and eager to start teaching my class next week. I can’t wait to use all of my new teaching tools. I will absolutely recommend this workshop to other educators! — Lee Ann Adams, Reading Specialist & First-Year Seminar Coordinator, Indiana University East, IN
This was the best workshop I have ever attended. Its very nature kept me involved and interested, whereas others, even really good ones, caused diminishing enthusiasm and interest. Everyone with whom I talked at the workshop expressed the same view. — Randy Klein, Faculty, History and English, Neumann University, PA