My Transformative Experience While Teaching

Front cover of the book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

[Written by Therese Williams, PhD]

As a mature white woman newly teaching at the university level, I have been afforded opportunities that were not frequently offered while I spent many years working in industry and government.  I have participated in numerous book groups sponsored by the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute (21CPI) at UCO . . .  read more

Addressing Racial and Social Injustice

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in Paris on June 6th, 2020

The Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL) includes the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute (21CPI), Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR), and Educators’ Leadership Academy (ELA). Collectively, we serve faculty and students at UCO and beyond.

In times that underscore the ongoing need to not just denounce racism . . .  read more

This I Have Learned: Diversity of Reflections

Written by Linda Harris, Ed.D.; Associate Professor; Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations, & Research; UCO — 

When it comes to assessing student transformation, providing students with one or more writing prompts that that enable them to effectively reflect on their learning and growth in a critical way is the gold standard—and . . .  read more

Mythos and Logos in Transformative Faculty’s Toolkits

Greek philosophers

Transformative Learning (TL) is an instructional approach well suited to helping prepare graduates for the new world of work, which Reich (2019) and others say is increasingly characterized by contingent contracts and a gig economy. TL helps students discover themselves via reflection, an important step toward being able to narrate themselves successfully . . .  read more

Hacking the Transformative Experience

Picture of Jeff King

Written by Jeff King, Ed.D. –

In Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal (2017) survey various fast-tracking methods to transformative experiences. It is little wonder in a fast-lane culture that humans, especially in a high-tech . . .  read more