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Co-Sponsorship - "Challenging the Status Quo: Potential Blind Spots in our Teaching" Scott Wurdinger

by Rebecca Bennitt Mar 02, 2018
When Apr 03, 2018
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Scott_Wurdinger Talk

Talk - Challenging the Status Quo: Potential Blind Spots in our Teaching 

Scott Wurdinger Minnesota State University 

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, 4:00 pm -5:00 pm 360 Willard Building 

The status quo in education consists of policies, practices, and power structures impacting the way we teach, and prevent students from learning in meaningful and significant ways. Assessment techniques drive our teaching practices resulting in a learning process that students strongly dislike. Technology like PowerPoint presentations and clickers force students to pay attention to lectures, but the end result is the same-memorizing information for exams. It is causing students to become less focused on comprehending what they read. Discriminating against students of color continues to be a prevalent problem as well. Data show that white educators consist of a huge majority often lacking cultural awareness in our classrooms.

About the Speaker

Dr. Wurdinger is a professor of experiential education and leadership studies at Minnesota State University. His research interests focus on the use of various approaches to experiential learning (both inside and outside the classroom) and how they develop life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. In his latest book, The power of project >based learning: Helping students develop important life skills, he presents how thorough a project‐based learning is an approach that can motivate and inspire students to learn, promoting how to become self directed learners over time.



Workshop: The Power of Project Based Learning

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

158 Willard Building

9:30 am - 12 pm, coffee and light snacks at 9:00 am

Through project‐based learning students learn not only the content surrounding their projects, but also important life skills such as problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, communication, time management, and responsibility – capacities that are crucial for 21st century learners. In this workshop attendants will have the opportunity to experience and discuss this approach to learning in order to reflect on how they can implement it on their teaching.