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Thursday, June 23 • 13:45 - 14:45
PK07.14d - The Kaleidoscope of Student-Centered Learning. Ever Changing

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This Pecha Kucha will illustrate several student or learner centered methods used in a classroom. The twenty images in the Pecha Kucha format will show a chronology of student focused activities from the beginning to the end of the course, suitable for replication in any discipline. Incorporating more of the visual into the classroom is both an empowering and change effecting tool (Stuart, 2015). Faculty were initially challenged to consider what they want students to learn from their own courses (Davis & Arendt, 2014)? This required a substantial rethinking of everything from the syllabus to learning objectives to assessments. It led to an experimental year of working with an Instructional Designer to tailor courses to mutually agreeable and co-constructed student/faculty outcomes. Where the outcomes students identified were not feasible, a detailed explanation of teaching philosophy and practice was offered to students. The end result of this year of experimentation was a significant increase in student evaluations of teaching. The ultimate experiment offered students the opportunity to choose content. Learning outcomes for attendees include visual elaboration of methods, examples of learning outcomes for students and faculty in the setting, and ways students considered what materials to include. Their eventual reflective essays for the course materials was ninety nine single spaced pages of thinking from which several highlights are excerpted. Images will include those from the classroom itself as well as from reflections.

A recent report (Wyer, 2014) detailed changes in faculty practices, noting that the number of teachers incorporating student-selected topics for course content increased to 26.3 percent from 8.5 recorded earlier in the period of 1989-1999. This method requires a significant willingness to take a risk but with appropriate scaffolding, can provide a significant and meaningful experience for both faculty and students.


Katherine Roselius

Katherine is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Denver. She will be completing her degree in Geography with a focus on science literacy and climate change communication.

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Barb Stuart

Barb Stuart is an award winning Associate Teaching Professor at University of Denver. Her Pecha Kucha at the Inaugural European Conference for STL in Cork, Ireland was well received and resulted in follow up conversations and research possibilities including a collaboration on Decolonizing... Read More →

Elisabeth Pitts

Elisabeth Pitts is a first year graduate student in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver and a Duke Alumna with a bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science. Elisabeth’s a bilingual world traveler with professional experience in substance rehabilitation... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 13:45 - 14:45 EDT
Weldon Library 258