Celebrating Diversity in Scholarship

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Captured in two of Central’s six tenets, global and cultural competencies and research, scholarly and creative activities are prevalent throughout the UCO campus, in both curricular and extra-curricular settings. However, one student group is celebrating its diversity, while promoting research, scholarship and creativity.

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My visit to Tacoma, Washington for the International Transformative Learning Conference 2016

The giant trees on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA

Written by Ed Cunliff, Ph.D., Professor, Adult and Higher Education

I discovered the International Transformative Learning Conference through their proceedings about twelve years ago and was as impressed with it then as I was during the recent gathering in Tacoma, WA. This biennial conference was held on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University, . . .  read more

Election 2016: A Disorienting Dilemma

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Written by Linda Harris, Asst. Professor, Educational Sciences- 

It did not take long for Americans shocked by Donald Trump’s historic election-upset to publicly voice their angst, anguish, and outright anger at the electoral process, Trump supporters, and ultimately at the final results.  The extent of this emotional turmoil pitted family and . . .  read more

Student Comment as Disorienting Dilemma

Dr. Jeff King

Dr. Fernanda Duarte of the University of Western Sydney posits an interesting thesis: “Transformative learning as an antidote to cynicism” (Duarte, 2010). She teaches in the Business College and confronted her own “disorienting dilemma” (Mezirow, 1990, pp. 13-14) when a student in one of her classes said there was too much class time devoted . . .  read more

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