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
Learning the stories of others brings our own stories into a new perspective,teaching us to see things from a different point of view, giving us a way to look into a world that we haven’t encountered in our own lives.
For the past several years, I’ve worked with several of our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) faculty at ACU to host our annual STEM for Girls day. We started with … Continue reading
As we think about our students as heroes on a journey, we’ll be considering the three stories that they’ll be exploring: the story of self, the story of others, and … Continue reading
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.
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?
One way to develop a culture of creativity, collaboration, and problem solving is to embrace the idea of vulnerability. Leaders must acknowledge that they don’t know everything and be willing to work together with the members of their community to identify and solve problems. Vulnerability allows folks to come together to solve a problem. This collaborative approach is very different from the top down leadership that may be typical in higher education these days, but there are models of leadership that can take advantage of the multiple areas of expertise within the higher education institution.