2016 Student Success and Retention Conference


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Session proposal accepted and now preparing for our session presentation at the 2016 Student Success and Retention Conference in Portland, Oregon on February 4th and 5th. My colleagues and I will be speaking about using design thinking in the creation and evolution of educational process. The focus of our talk is on the Design Foundations project, where we explore the design and implementation of a first-year student experience that provides opportunities for early evaluation of new students and stimulates the development of diverse and meaningful connections with the campus community. We emphasize developing the student’s meta-awareness of the academic endeavor, the character of the affective domains relevant to each student’s academic journey, and especially on qualities of learning and leadership as keystones of authenticity and authority in the student’s chosen field of study and career aspiration.

Most importantly from my perspective is our discussion about creating educational processes that are innovative, rich with experimentation and the expectation of evolution.


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