Chancellor Stroble to Facilitate RTC Conversation on Place-Based Education

Sep. 27, 2019

Chancellor Stroble to Facilitate RTC Conversation on Place-Based Education

The Reflective Teaching Community (RTC) will hold its next meeting on Friday, Oct. 4, from noon-1 p.m. in the Library Conference Room (Library 120).

All full-time and part-time faculty and academic partners are welcome at this monthly gathering to discuss topics in teaching and learning in a supportive environment of like-minded colleagues.

 Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble will facilitate the Oct. 4 session on the topic “Place-Based Education: Implications for Identity and Community.”

The 2019-20 theme for RTC is “Where is this going? Exploring experiential and place-based learning.” This year, we will explore how experiential learning (learning by doing) and place-based learning (engaging students in local to global communities) can enrich and deepen learning for all students.

Discussion Topics 

  • What are the benefits of experiential learning, and how can we use it in our classes?
  • How can we help our students make connections between what we learn in class and what they’ll need to know in their careers?
  • What local and global opportunities do we create for our students at Webster?
  • How can we make learning meaningful and relevant for our students, and how can we empower them as self-directed learners?
  • How can we help underrepresented students access experiential and place-based projects?
  • What role does inquiry play in creating meaningful learning for our students?

Reserve Your Spot 

Join the conversation and a pizza lunch, RSVP to Liza Dister, faculty development coordinator,

RTC 2019-20 Schedule

Friday, Oct. 4, noon-1 p.m.

  • Topic: Place-Based Education: Implications for Identity and Community
  • Facilitator: Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, University Chancellor

Friday, Nov. 1, noon-1 p.m.

  • Topic: What We Teach Versus What We Say We Teach
  • Facilitator: Kim Kleinman, director, Undergraduate Advising

Friday, Dec. 6, noon-1 p.m.

  • Topic: Global Learning and Underrepresented Students
  • Facilitators: Emmanuel Balogun, assistant professor, Dept. of History, Politics, and International Relations, Danielle MacCartney, associate professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology, Kate Parsons, professor, Dept. of Philosophy

Friday, Feb. 7, noon-1 p.m.

  • Topic: Experiential Learning Experiences in the Classroom
  • Facilitator: Jan Palmer, associate professor, Dept. of Nursing

Friday, Mar. 6, noon-1 p.m.

  • Topic: Keeping Students Engaged with Inquiry Methods and Experiential Learning
  • Facilitator: Eric Goedereis, associate professor, Dept. of Psychology

Friday, Apr. 3, noon-1 p.m.

  • Topic: Helping Students Make Connections Between Course Concepts and Their Career Goals
  • Facilitator: Melissa Spriggs, assistant professor, Human Services

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