Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Learning as an Act of Love

I believe connection is a central tenet of learning. Learning is not just an act of the mind. It is also an act of the heart and of identity.

January 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Part 5: Experiential Learning and the Future of Higher Education

Over the past two years, I was responsible for implementing our university’s strategic plan. One of the cornerstones of that plan was experiential learning. So, I’ve been thinking and talking … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Part 4: Courage and Leadership in the Future of Higher Ed

In my last post I talked about the importance of helping students in higher education build skills like critical thinking, creativity, and empathy. As technology continues to develop in leaps … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Part 3: Courage and Creativity as the Future of Higher Ed.

Despite frequent calls to consider return on investment, higher education is not just about preparing people for certain jobs. Yes, job readiness and skill and knowledge building are important. But … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Future of Higher Ed: Isn’t it Obvious?

Perception, Obviousness and Questions about the Future of Higher Education Teppo Felin on Blindness, Rationality, and Perception with Russ Roberts on EconTalk In the EconTalk segment linked above, Teppo Felin … Continue reading

September 4, 2018 · 2 Comments

Creativity, edu: Learning as The Demogorgon

Patricia Hampl says, “Maybe being oneself is an acquired taste.”[ii] That’s a good way to think about the search for self that occurs in the process of learning. After all, we aren’t approaching information from a vacuum. We approach it within the context of who we are as a person. All of our past experiences, our beliefs, the things we’ve been taught by our families and important communities, these will shape the perspective that we bring to our learning. And our learning may shake up those perspectives, may threaten the things we thought we knew about ourselves, who we are, and our place in this world. And that can be a scary thing.

December 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Creativity, edu: A Call to Action

Once a hero is aware of a problem and the need for change, she encounters fear. This fear arises from the unknown element; we resist moving into something different, even when we know it needs to happen. To make it easier for learners to be willing to broach the unknown, teachers need to help them find the call to adventure that occurs in the Hero’s Journey.

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment
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