Number 4, Vol. 6  | June 15, 2021

> Exploring Adult Learning Theory: Transformative Learning

Transformative Learning is the third aspect of the adult learning theory concepts. The term was coined by Jack Mezirow, whose research and studies assumed that adults do not simply make application of old ways of learning to new situations - instead they "discover a need to acquire new perspectives in order to gain a more complete understanding of changing events."

Mezirow designed a 10-phase process for how transformational learning happens, beginning with an initial problem or dilemma that sparks self-interest, exploration, and a new plan of integrating the confidence and knowledge that was gained.

How to Support Transformative Learning | NotesFromNina

 Mezirow, Jack (1991). Transformative dimensions of adult learning. San Francisco: Jossey Bass. p. 3.

> Transformative Learning within a Curriculum

Transformative Learning leverages intentional instructional approaches to incorporate opportunities for students to investigate, explore assumptions and biases, and reflect on new learning and conclusions. Doing so highlights an effective means of getting students to gain a deeper meaning of their learning.
  • Explore Assumptions & Biases: Launch open, safe discussions to gain prior knowledge and open dialogue about assumptions and biases of content-related topics. Using the SLOs to guide the design and framing of those discussions, instructors can begin the transformative learning process through 
  • Use Evidence:  Adult learners come to us with assumptions and biases about the world around them, and so instructors who facilitate a transformative approach bring forward evidence to align with and challenge those assumptions. They also provide students to discover their own evidence to build arguments.
  • Reflection: In addition, providing space for structured and unstructured reflection of ideas and evidence supports students' thinking about their assumptions. 
For more information about transformative learning, click on the links below.

> Transformative Learning using VidGrid

Many students are becoming more comfortable in front of the camera, especially as video conferencing tools have become another way to communicate. Instructors have seen just how powerful engagement can be using Canvas-embedded video tools like Zoom and VidGrid. To learn more, watch our recorded session on the VidGrid Faculty Panel Discussion: Innovative Uses and Strategies.

person sitting on couch holding a Surface device

If you have yet to explore VidGrid, the video recording tool offers instructors and students quick access to ADA-compliant video and screen-recording capabilities.  Faculty have shared their experiences with video reflections (throughout the course, or as an end-of-course formative assessment) and say just how much students enjoy recording and watching their peers' ideas come to life. Some prompts ideas include:

  • This week we are focusing on aspects of transformation, and highlighting moments of our lives where new insights and ideas were created out of old ones. Record a two-minute video sharing a brief story on how your old way of thinking (and doing) was transformed to a better way of living and learning. 
  • Review last week's SLOs and share which one you learned the most about. Also, include a personal or professional connection you made with the content we covered.
  • This week's research will allow you to explore diverse perspectives on (insert topic). As part of your engagement in this discussion, record a short video on which TWO resources were most helpful in your new learning.
For more information about VidGrid, access CTE-recorded webinars on our Research Guide, or access VidGrid Portal Tutorials on any of your Canvas courses.
Health, Wellness & Teaching
> Podcast Summary & Resources
In this month's podcast, CTE Faculty Developer Julia Keider and Baker College Muskegon campus's Melissa Miller, the Director of Nursing and Clinical Coordinator, explore the mentoring program for the School of Nursing. 

As we continue to explore ways that transform learning, mentoring provides students, faculty, and the College opportunities for collaboration with an intentional focus on continuous improvement. Melissa shares how student success is the ultimate goal for mentorship, but that so many more rewards shine through. Below are some additional resources as you think about the health and wellness aspects of mentoring programs and relationships.
Listen to the Podcast: Mentoring Relationships
Professional Development 
> Fall Faculty Conference
The CTE Team is preparing for another amazing virtual faculty conference this fall on September 28-30, 2021 held via Zoom. The Call for Proposals closed on Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Faculty Conference Logo

The conference has four tracks that thematically align with aspects of the Baker College Learning Model and the Baker College Mission.

Inspiring Inclusive Classrooms Sessions

Imagining the Future of Teaching and Learning Sessions

Empowering Students in the Face of Adversity

Growing Through Intention and Reflection

To learn more about the conference, proposal formats, and access to proposal submissions, click this link. 
Recordings Available on the CTE Research Guide

Visit the CTE PD Opportunities Calendar to view and register for
additional upcoming webinars.
CTE Team Support
The Center for Teaching Excellence Team is working remotely and providing 1-to-1 and small group support for faculty. In many cases, campus Faculty Developers are available by phone, Google Hangouts Chat, and virtual conferences. Click here to find a CTE contact. 
The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to create, identify, and provide support structures and processes to cultivate a professional learning environment where faculty take ownership and are positioned to direct their own professional learning relative to Baker's mission and institutional goals. We are a collaborative entity which partners institution-wide to design, develop, present, and facilitate professional development in order to support and coach faculty in their pursuit of quality teaching and learning.

Be brave. Be courageous. Be proud.  
Make your family proud. Make the world proud.

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