The Educative Tool of Autobiography

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How many times have you heard a student ask, “How does this relate to my life?” Autobiography and life writing can be a transformative tool in the classroom to help elicit answers to this question. After all, we all come to college with a different set of life experiences that make up the whole of who we understand ourselves to be. But how might . . .  read more

Critical Reflection for University Teachers

Dr. Jody Horn

The UCO Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL) distributes a hard bound, blank journal to each faculty member that participates in a CETTL faculty development event. We encourage faculty to write critical reflections and ideas about good teaching during CETTL activities, then discuss them with each other.

Here are a . . .  read more

A review of Teaching and Learning: STEM a Practical Guide by Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent (2016, Jossey-Bass)

Dr. Jody Horn

STEM Student:

I really hate working on homework in groups—why can’t I work by myself?”

Professor: 

“I get that you’re unhappy and I’m sorry about it, but I’ve got to be

honest with you—my job here is not to make you happy but to prepare you for

your career. Here’s what’s not going to happen on your first day at work. They’re

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Transformative Instructor Talk

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What do you say in class when you’re not talking about course content? If you can identify those conversations, would you say they might lead to a transformative experience for one or more students?

In aggregate over the entire term, and sometimes even in the course of a single conversation, what we say when we’re not talking about course . . .  read more

Promoting Tutoring Central as an Avenue to Transformation

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Mark Walvoord, M.S., Student Transformative Learning Record
Brian McKinney, B.A., Tutoring Central

If you think back to transformative experiences in your life, you will likely be able to identify learning moments outside of the classroom. These could’ve been traumatic personal experiences, independent research projects with a caring mentor, a . . .  read more

Transformative Learning in the Bigger Picture – What, Why, & the Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR)

Camille Kilbourne

If you have been at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) for more than about six months, you have heard the term Transformative Learning. If you have been around for quite some time, you have heard the term on re-run repeatedly. If you are like me, you may have been thinking, “So what, so what now, and why do we keep talking about it?”

In . . .  read more