2017 Fall Conference Schedule

The Delta College Planetarium, site of the 2017 fall conference.

MDEC’s Fall 2017 conference, Fostering Self-Regulated Learning with Research-Based Best Practices, is scheduled to be held October 12-13, 2017, at the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, Michigan. And, save the date: the MDEC 2018 conference will be held at Lansing Community College West Campus October 18-19, 2018.


Hotel Information

The DoubleTree Hotel

The Doubletree Hotel
1 Wenonah Park Pl
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 891-6000

For those interested in obtaining hotel reservations, please visit the DoubleTree by Hilton or call (989) 891-6000. 



Dr. Daniel T. Willingham

MDEC is pleased to announce that the upcoming conference will feature keynote speaker, Daniel T. Willingham, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia, and best-selling author of Why Don’t Students Like School? If you have not yet had a chance to read Dr. Willingham’s research, please take a moment to peruse it here. You can also find Dr. Willingham on social media here, or you can view some of his YouTube videos such as Learning Styles Don’t Existhere. Dr. Willingham was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Member of the National Board for Education Sciences, and he is the author of several well-known books on education.


 Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Vendor tables will be in the main lobby. See below for list of vendors.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NADE Accreditation Institute (Preregistration is necessary; breakfast and lunch will be provided)

Room 114

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
On-Site Registration and Check-In
(Click here to REGISTER NOW)
Main Lobby

Aurelian Balan

1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Pedagogy Workshop
“Simple Techniques to Prepare Any Student for a STEM Career”
Aurelian Balan, Associate Professor of Physics, Delta College, Michigan

Professor Balan has taught astronomy and physics at Delta for nearly a decade. Naturally, his pedagogy is designed to increase success in STEM courses. However, for this workshop, he will present effective techniques educators and students can use for not only STEM courses, but even in classes that help prepare students for those courses. These techniques could even help students prepare for a career in STEM!

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks
Main Lobby


Alexandros M. Goudas

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Data Presentation
“Sweet Treats and Dry Data: We Know What Works, So Now Let’s Do It”
Alexandros M. Goudas, Associate Professor of English and Developmental Education Coordinator, Delta College, Michigan
Space Explorer’s Hall

Recent research has allowed educators to understand what works best in higher education. However, the problem is knowing how to go about implementing these data-based reforms. “Spectrum thinking” allows institutions to be able to implement integrated reforms in a systematic way, which can lead to truly holistic reform. Join us to learn what spectrum thinking is and how it could improve student success at your institution.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Space Explorer’s Hall

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Movie in Planetarium Theater: Black Holes – Revisited
Planetarium Theater (We will have some free tickets available for attendees who come to the conference on Thursday!)

Friday, October 13, 2017
Vendor tables will be in the main lobby.

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
On-Site Registration and Check-In
Main Lobby

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Space Explorer’s Hall

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome
Space Explorer’s Hall

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address
“Fostering Self-Regulated Learning with Research-Based Best Practices”
Dr. Daniel T. Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, and member of the National Board for Educational Sciences
Space Explorer’s Hall

Dr. Daniel T. Willingham

Students obviously become increasingly responsible for their own learning as they move through grades. By grade 12, expectations are high that students can learn on their own; it’s routine to lecture, expecting students will take good notes and study them effectively for a quiz. Recent research has shown that students–even successful college students–use inefficient note-take and study strategies. In this talk, Dr. Willingham will focus on research on best ways to take notes and study, which also carries implications for teaching. In addition, he will describe research into some popular, but poorly supported practices, including honoring student styles.

10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Breakout Session I

Rooms: 212, 213, 217, 221, and 223

11:10 – 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Session II
Rooms: 212, 213, 217, 221, and 223

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch, Elections, and Awards
Space Explorer’s Hall

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Breakout Session III
Rooms: 212, 213, 217, 221, and 223

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Raffle, Prizes, Coffee, and Desserts
Space Explorer’s Hall

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
MDEC Leadership Meeting
Space Explorer’s Hall


Thank you to our sponsors:
The Delta College Bookstore 
Hawkes Learning
Townsend Press
Sam Houston State University