RTC 2019-20 Conversations: 'Exploring experiential and place-based learning'

Chancellor Stroble to Facilitate RTC Conversation on Place-Based Education

The Reflective Teaching Community (RTC) invites 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.

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, edister17@webster.edu.

Upcoming RTC Meetings

Friday, March 6, noon-1 p.m. in the FDC Suite, Library 420

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

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

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

Worldwide RTC Meetings

These conversations are now being held remotely via WebEx for faculty all over the worldwide community. RSVP for these sessions by clicking “Register here” below.

Thursday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. CST

  • Topic: Keeping Students Engaged with Inquiry Methods
  • Facilitator: Eric Goedereis, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology
  • WebEx: Register here

Thursday, April 9, 9 a.m. CST

  • Topic: Helping Students Make Connections between Course Concepts and Career Goals
  • Facilitator: Melissa Spriggs, Assistant Professor, Human Services
  • WebEx: Register here

Previous RTC Meetings

Oct. 4, "Place-Based Education: Implications for Identity and Community" facilitated by Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, University Chancellor

Nov. 1, "What We Teach Versus What We Say We Teach" facilitated by Kim Kleinman, director, Undergraduate Advising

Dec. 6, "Global Learning and Underrepresented Students" facilitated by 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

Feb. 7, "Experiential Learning Experiences in the Classroom" facilitated by Jan Palmer, associate professor, Dept. of Nursing

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