Moving from Information to Experience: Strategies for Enhancing Learner Engagement and Success

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Key Points

  • Much of our higher education system has traditionally relied on methods for opening access to information

  • Our role as educators is always changing and adapting to the needs of learners

  • Successful learning environments use information to enhance the experience of learning

The Problem Facing Learner Engagement

One of the more common concerns I hear from educators related to design . . .  read more

Transformative Potentials in a Class on Death and Dying

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Dr. Gary Steward, UCO Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

UCO’s Associate Vice-Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Gary Steward, has taught a class on death and dying for several years, typically during the spring intersession. It’s been a popular class, with students of all majors enrolling in the course.

By its very nature, . . .  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

Lifting Weights Teaches Life Skills

by: Lauren Clonts

There are so many productive things that you can do during your breaks that you have throughout the day other than play Candy Crush, scroll on your Facebook for 30-45 minutes or take a nap on your lunch break. There is one thing that you can do that can totally improve your quality of life in multiple different aspects without you . . .  read more

Staying Fit on Vacation

by: Shelby Winrow

With summer just around the corner, many people are going to start traveling soon. It can be hard to stay fit while you’re enjoying a vacation. There can be a many temptations, but there are ways to fight them off.  If you work out on a regular basis, don’t let travel get you off track. There are many innovative and easy ways . . .  read more

Benefits of Walking

by: Taylor Mogg

For most people it’s hard to get started on being fit. Being fit doesn’t just mean being in the gym for hours at a time. Unfortunately, that’s not for a lot of people. Luckily, physical activity doesn’t have to be complicated. There are so many health benefits for just walking. The temperature is finally starting to get bearable . . .  read more

Jump Around

By: Ashton Smith

When I think about jump roping, I think about how much I loved it as a child. Now as an adult, my outlook towards it couldn’t be any different. I remember always playing at recess jumping to double dutch or in P.E. class participating in Jump Rope for Heart. I keep asking myself, where did my passion for jump roping go? I am a very . . .  read more

Reasons To Throw Your Scale Away

By: Lauren Clonts

While going through the Employee Wellness Program have you realized that your clothes are fitting a little looser and you feel like your slimming down, but when you step on the scale to see how much weight you have lost you are disappointed? You believe you should be losing all of this weight, but instead it hasn’t moved hardly . . .  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