The Edmond Sun

March 1, 2014

Transformative Learning Conference hosted by UCO

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Advancing its mission to transform students’ lives through education, the University of Central Oklahoma will host its annual Transformative Learning Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 in Central’s Nigh University Center.

In addition to the full-day conference, attendees are invited to participate in pre-conference workshops with keynote speakers Dan Glisczinski, and Melissa Peet, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 27.

Now in its seventh year, the conference, themed “Implementing an Integrative Experience” for 2014, will identify ways to help students learn by providing transformative learning experiences that place students at the center of their own learning, an important factor in preparing students for success beyond graduation.

“The Transformative Learning Conference plays an important role in helping college and university educators apply proven techniques for preparing graduates who possess those important beyond-disciplinary skills so much in demand in the workplace,” said Jeff King, executive director of Central’s Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning.

“The conference allows educators to share tools, strategies and trainings to help college students experience those important ‘Aha!’ moments of perspective expansion. In having these conversations at the conference, we educators are ourselves transformed.”

The conference will feature more than 20 presentations from five universities as well as keynotes from Glisczinski, an associate professor in the Department of Education at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and Peet, director of integrative learning and knowledge management at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Glisczinski, who has worked in elementary, junior high, high school and college education, will offer a physiological exploration of transformative teaching and learning with his talk, “Underlying Cognitive Operations of Transformative Learning Experiences.”

Peet, who recently has developed a methodology for retrieving the tacit knowledge that exists within people’s brains, will present “Helping Students Connect Hidden Insights and Meaning: Generative Knowledge and Integrative Learning.”

Transformative learning describes Central’s mission to help students learn through transformative experiences in six emphasis areas: leadership, research, creative and scholarly activities, service learning, global competency and self-awareness. The goal is for students to become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens, contributing to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of all the communities they aim to serve.

THE COST to attend the pre-conference is $49 and $129 for the full-day conference. To see a complete schedule or to register, visit