Habit Your Way to Excellence

Brief Abstract

Harness the neuroscience of habit building to maximize online learner success. Together, we will explore an innovative process called Focus Mapping, a behavior design method to narrow and select productive habits and the Tiny Habits® method of habit creation. You'll leave with actionable, evidence-based practices to share with your learners.

Presenters

Dr. Ellen N. Beattie is an educational leader, college administrator, and national presenter. Her areas of expertise include neuroscience-based teaching and learning, online faculty and student success, student retention, and educational leadership. Her research focuses on the relationship between neuroscience, academic research on teaching and learning, and mindfulness. She enjoys intermingling research and practical experience to provide educational leaders, administrators, and faculty evidence-based practices to immediately employ within their institutions. Dr. Beattie’s varied career in higher education provides a balanced perspective of the opportunities to learners, faculty, and administrators. During her administration tenure, Dr. Beattie has held senior leadership positions including Director of Academic Counseling and Student Retention, Director of Literacy, and Regional Director of Operations and Student Services for public and private higher education institutions. She currently serves Chief of Adult Instructional Services for Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. Dr. Beattie has over 14 years’ experience teaching at the college level, including undergraduate teaching at Ashford University, Community College of Baltimore County, and the University of Phoenix. At the University of the Rockies, she facilitates graduate and doctoral level coursework and mentors dissertation research. She recently served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Adult Community and Continuing Education (MAACCE). Dr. Beattie’s educational background includes a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Phoenix, as well as master's degrees in both Organizational Management and Education - Curriculum and Instruction (specialization in Adult Education). Her undergraduate work in economics was completed at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Dr. Beattie’s research interests include endowment performance, neuroscience-based learning in adult and online environments, and the role mindfulness in student retention. Her endowment research is highlighted in the 2013 publication of The Refractive Thinker® –Volume II: Research Methodology (3rd edition): Effective Research Designs for Doctoral Research. She contributes her holistic perspective on student success to be the result of experience in many different educational institutions and approaches to higher education. This has resulted in a comprehensive view of how to build educational programs to guide learner success.

Extended Abstract

Harness the neuroscience of habit building to maximize online learner success. Neuroplasticity research reveals that habits are malleable and that habit formation follows the same behavioral and neurological patterns. Join me to investigate the science of habit building and the process by which conscious choices become automatic habits. Learn how to rebuild these patterns to more intentionally pursue your goals. Discover how to use the habit loop and the motivational wave to your advantage. Together, we will explore an innovative process called Focus Mapping, a behavior design method to narrow and select productive habits and the Tiny Habits® method of habit creation. Master your own habits and then coach your online learners in building academically sound keystone habits.