Peter Felten, Elon University
Transforming Students (RSVP)
Friday, March 13, 10:30am-noon
6137 McKeldin (Special Events Room)
Abstract: The university can and should be a life-changing place for students. Too often, however, students drift through the academy, learning little that lasts. In order to effect transformation of students' lives, we the faculty have to be willing to change how we do things and develop new experiences for students. This seminar will explore research into the nature and qualities of university experiences that challenge students to develop the knowledge, skills, and commitments that allow them to thrive in a rapidly changing world. While we cannot guarantee transformation, certain practices create conditions that foster deep learning.
Peter Felten is the Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Professor of History at Elon University. His publications include the co-authored books Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty(Jossey-Bass, 2014). He also is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and vice president (US) of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.