Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

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: 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

Creativity, edu: Learning as Storytelling

As we approach the creation of a course or program, we need to think about them as building blocks for knowledge and skill for our heroes. In The Empire Strikes Back, when Yoda was teaching Luke Skywalker how to be a Jedi, he knew what the endgame was, and what skills and knowledge Luke needed to be able to defeat the dark side. As mentors and guides, teachers are like Yoda, preparing our heroes to approach the unknown, move through fear and uncertainty, lingering between the known and unknown without panicking, and move into mastery.

November 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Creativity, edu: Creating spaces for creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving

What if we could create a space that provided faculty members with a place to come together and work on interdisciplinary projects; a space designed specifically to encourage collaboration and creativity?

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment
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